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Russell Brand Remembers Amy Winehouse, Gay Marriage Breaks Records in New York, and the Newest Facebook Scam

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Celebrities are remembering British songstress Amy Winehouse on social media. The 27-year-old, known for her soulful sound and battle with drugs, was found dead in her London apartment Saturday by her bodyguard. Actor Russell Brand, a recovering addict and friend of Winehouse's, wrote in a heartfelt blog post titled "For Amy" that drug addiction should be treated, "not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill. We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care." Many of Winehouse's other friends have tweeted messages of remembrance. Kelly Osborne, the daughter of Ozzie Osborne, wrote, "i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!" Music producer Mark Ronson tweeted, "she was my musical soul mate & like a sister to me. this is one of the saddest days of my life." Lady Gaga also took to Twitter to write, "Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues." Many are also linking Winehouse to the "27 Club," a group of musicians who also died at the age of 27, like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Janis Joplin. Yahoo! Searches for "27 Club" spiked 123,000% yesterday, and British rapper M.I.A. even tweeted a song about the untimely age to die titled "27."

Yesterday marked the first day same-sex couples could legally marry in New York. Packed courthouses in New York City issued 659 marriage licenses, breaking the previous record of 621 licenses given in one day. On social media, an image celebrating the occasion is going viral. Right after the clock struck midnight Sunday morning, a lesbian couple married in Niagara Falls, New York. To honor the milestone, the famous waterfall was lit like a rainbow. Former 'N Sync singer Lance Bass tweeted an image that someone uploaded to Flickr several years ago showing the waterfall lit similarly that has gone viral. The person who took the original photo wrote in Bass's Twitpic comments section, "Can I get some credit for this photo? I took this photo a few years ago. I didn't give the tour company rights to the photo. Anyone know a digital media lawyer I can hire?" The picture, which was also used by a tour company, has been retweeted more than 2,600 times and is even Bass's Twitter profile picture.

And finally, a Facebook scam is exploiting last week's Norway killing spree that lead to the deaths of more than 90 people. This weekend, the scam infected one Facebook account per second by luring users with a fake link of a security camera capturing the bombing. If a Facebook user clicks the link, it replicates itself on the user's Facebook wall. This is not the first Internet scam that has emerged from a major news event. After the death of Osama Bin Laden, a fake video claiming to show the military operation spiraled through the Internet. A week after Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder charges, a Facebook link titled "Breaking news — Leaked video of Casey Anthony CONFESSING to lawyer!" spread through Facebook. A word to the wise: When big news breaks, click Facebook links with caution.

How do you remember Amy Winehouse? Tell me on Facebook. As for me, I used to play her "Back to Black" album nonstop at the diner where I waited tables during grad school in Paris.


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