A YouTube video entitled “Red – Painting with a Basketball – Yao Ming Portrait” by a Malaysian girl from Sabah has gone viral.

Malaysian architect Hong Yi posted the video of herself creating a painting of Yao Ming using a basketball about 3 weeks ago. The video was featured by Gizmodo on its website on 25th Jan and quickly became viral, spreading to other online sites such as ABC, CBC, NBC, Hufftington Post,ESPN and NBA. The Taiwanese newspapers picked up the news, followed by the West Malaysian Chinese papers who gave her front page coverage. The Phoenix Channel in Hong Kong also posted the video.

Hong Yi nicknamed Red

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William Hung is undeniably the most memorable “American Idol” reject. So what has Hung been up to since leaving the show?

William James Hung Hing Cheong (Traditional Chinese: 孔慶翔, Simplified Chinese: 孔庆翔,; born January 13, 1983), commonly known as William Hung, gained fame in early 2004 as a result of his off-key audition performance of Ricky Martin’s hit song “She Bangs” on the third season of “ American Idol.”

William Hung auditioning on American Idol

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A YouTube video of a father quizzing his baby daughter over who is her favourite parent has gone viral, garnering over 2.5 million views since it was uploaded on January 3.

The video of Australian Mick Tippett quizzing his adorable young daughter Maddie is truly hilarious.

The adorable Maddie

When Mick first poses the question, Maddie blurts out ‘Mum’ before Mick can even give her both the options.

Then Mick calls for a recess and tries “bribing” her with something to eat.

After the recess, Mick asks Maddie to repeatedly says “Dad” five times before asking her again about her favourite parent hoping to catch Maddie off guard.  But Maddie still replies ‘Mum’, causing an exasperated sigh from her father.

Mick then tries to trick her by asking her who her least favourite parent is, but the little girl is not fooled.

Enjoy the video:

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Lana Del Rey is a name you’re going to hear a lot of in 2012. She’s the internet sensation whose debut song Video Games is already the ‘Single Of The Year’ pre-release, having attracted almost 17 million  views on YouTube. Her first UK concert in November sold out in about 30 seconds.

Lana Del Rey

Her husky voice makes her the “It” girl of 2012. She calls her shtick “Lolita in the hood” or “the gangster Nancy Sinatra”. Music bloggers agree almost unanimously: the voice, lyrics, arrangements, melody – it’s all there.

25-year-old Lana Del Rey, real name Elizabeth Grant or Lizzy Grant, was born on June 21, 1986 in New York City and grew up in Lake Placid, New York. When she was fifteen, she left Lake Placid to go to boarding school in Connecticut. She is the daughter of domain investor and millionaire Rob Grant.

Lana Del Rey aka Lizzy Grant

Grant’s management chose her stage name, “I wanted to be a band but the label I was with and the team I had around me absolutely wanted me to be a solo artist. Lana Del Rey came from a series of managers and lawyers over the last 5 years who wanted a name that they thought better fit the sound of the music.”

Del Rey tried to make it as a mainstream artist with the release of an album titled “Lana Del Rey” in January 2010. It was the singer’s first professionally produced album, released under Lizzy Grant on an independent label with producer David Kahne. Del Rey stated that “David asked to work with me only a day after he got my demo. He is known as a producer with a lot of integrity and who had an interest in making music that wasn’t just pop.”

Her father, Robert Grant, helped with the marketing of the album, which was available for purchase on iTunes for a brief period before being withdrawn for unknown reasons.

In June 2011, Del Rey was signed with Stranger Records, to release her debut single “Video Games”; in October 2011, she was signed with Interscope Records.

The song Video Games put the 25-year-old American singer into the public eye. Her YouTube video for the song is heavy with nostalgia, filmed like a home movie with stills from old films, classic motorbikes, skateboards and 50s fashion.

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Lan is scheduled to release her debut album Born To Die in January 2012. The second single and title track “Born to Die”, a string-laden torch song oozing with high drama, is set for release on January 22, 2012. The music video for it leaked on December 14, 2011, and was based on a concept created by the singer, under the direction of Yoann Lemoine. The music video received generally favorable reviews from contemporary critics and has received more than 9 million views on YouTube.

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More tracks from Lana’s highly anticipated album Born to Die have hit the web – National Anthem and the infectiously poppy This Is What Makes Us Girls .

Lana cites Britney Spears, Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain as her musical influences and her music has been described as “cinematic dark pop” by thedailytransmission.com.

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Samsung has taken its battle with Apple for market dominance a notch higher by copying Apple’s advertising campaign, raising a lot of criticisms from tech bloggers that Samsung stole the face of Apple’s iPhone 4S — and copied the tone and feeling of Apple commercials, too.

In Apple’s new campaign advertising its iPhone 4S, an adorable little girl was the star. Two months later, the same little girl is now the face of the South Korean company’s campaign for its Galaxy Tab.

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The Samsung ad has aired only in Korea, making the copy-cat tactic particularly strange because there are no Koreans in the commercial.

The two tech giants spent the better part of 2011 warring over patents for their devices, with both companies suing each other to try to keep their rival’s products out of certain markets.

‘Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab TV ad feels a lot like an Apple iPad ad,’ the Apple-watching blog MacRumors said.

Samsung recently came out with an ad in the US that poked fun at iPhone users for having a slavish devotion to Apple. It offered the Samsung Galaxy S II as a better alternative.

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