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Weird Wide Web: A Bebo comeback, Amazon art and a very silly app

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Amazon art gallery of the week

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For the cultured web-users among us, Amazon announced this week that it is partnering up with 150 galleries and art dealers to sell fine art through its new product Amazon Art, Gizmodo reports. The company will reportedly take between five and 20 per cent of all sales. Do you think we might be able to flog our finger paint masterpieces on there?

Silly app of the week

The daredevils in us want to give Send Me To Heaven (S.M.T.H) a go but the fear of screen scratches is just to much… This crazy app challenges you to throw your phone as high as you can and catch it. It measures the distance and places you on a leaderboard with other smartphone renegades, IGN reports. The app is available on Android only – obviously Apple are more concerned about potential damage to their precious iPhones. Also, it comes with this comforting disclaimer:

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3D tour of the week

We can’t get enough of all the Google Streetview tours that have been cropping up lately. This week they set us loose on a luxary Emirates airbus, Wired reports. If you’re still clinging to your childhood like us you’ll have fun moving really quickly up and down the aisles like you’re running through the plane.

Bebo relaunch of the week

So apparently, Bebo is growing up. Michael Birch, who set up the social networking site and sold it for a heap of cash in 2008, has bought it back and this week put out a genuinely funny promotional video. Reminiscing about the site’s infamous ‘Whiteboard’ feature he said: “Over the past seven years nearly one million of these pictures have been drawn across the site, making it arguably the single biggest repository of illustrated c**k and b***s ever recorded”. Watch the full video:


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