Sunday Round Up: Michael Jackson, Facebook, social media, Commando, Thomas the Tank Engine

The judge presiding over the trial surrounding the death of Michael Jackson and the involvement of his doctor Conrad Murray, is battling against social media, with the Jackson family turning to Twitter to allege conspiracies, while gossip and hearsay also leak online about the case, alleges The Sunday Telegraph.

Children are apparently using fake names when setting up Facebook accounts to avoid being monitored by parents and schools, says the Observer. Some children have even set up multiple accounts under aliases, and are able to interact without fear of being monitored.

The Telegraph also highlights the need for brands to become friends with consumers through social media after Facebook unveiled its F8 updates last week. The article highlights the new apps being delivered by the site that deliver content directly to users, which could offer brands more direct access to consumers.

The producers behind Thomas the Tank Engine have been accused of taking political correctness too far, having apparently written out Christmas from an episode set during ‘the winter holidays’. A DVD release entitled ‘Little Engine’s Big Day Out’ apparently doesn’t even feature Christmas trees, referred to as ‘decorated trees’ in the story, says The Mail on Sunday.

A team of scientists at Edinburgh University have apparently developed a domestic lightbulb that is also capable of transmitting data at high speed, Scotland on Sunday reports. The LED bulb is apparently capable of transmitting information to computers at high speed, a product, that the paper claims could revolutionise communications.

The Party Pieces website owned by the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge has announced its ‘Gift of the Year’ as being a ‘Sculpt your Own Prince’ clay doll says the Mail on Sunday. The item being sold by the Middleton family comes with five different colours of clay which can be used by owners to sculpt their own boyfriend.

An exhibition of artwork from the classic boy’s comic Commando, published by DC Thomson, marking the 50th anniversary of the title, will run at the University of Dundee, says The Sunday Herald.

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