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David Choe, Facebook graffiti artist, strikes it rich from IPO (VIDEO)

On Wednesday, Facebook announced its $5 billion IPO, which is expected to value the company at between $75 billion and $100 billion.

Canadian ambassador to China's official car mocked on Chinese internet

The Canadian ambassador to China's official car — a Toyota Camry hybrid — stands out in a sea of Audi A6s, the vehicle of choice for Chinese government officials.
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Chinese internet users were shocked by this post on the Canadian embassy in China's Weibo microblog that shows Ambassador David Mulroney's official car, a silver Camry. (Weibo/Screengrab)

In Beijing, official government vehicles tend towards the ubiquitous black Audi A6 — the classic Chinese bureaucrat car — or perhaps BMWs and Mercedes, all with tinted windows and aggressive personal drivers forcing through way through the gridlock.

The Canadian ambassador to China has turned heads with his official car for a different reason, according to The Globe and Mail newspaper

When David Mulroney posted photos of his silver Toyota Camry hybrid on the Canadian embassy's official Weibo microblog (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter), "the reaction from the Chinese Internet was something close to shock. Especially when he explained that even cabinet ministers in Canada only have a budget of $32,400 for their official car," the Globe said.

According to the Globe, one Weibo user commented (using Mulroney's Chinese name, Ma Dawei): “Ambassador Ma, a Chinese mid-level cadre wouldn’t lay an eye on your car!”

More from GlobalPost: Canadians abroad ply their embassies with weird questions

Mulroney explained on Weibo that in Canada, only minister or deputy minister-level officials have government-subsidized vehicles.

"I provided the information because we get a lot of questions about how we operate at the embassy, what rules govern our work, and how much money we spend. This information is all readily available to Canadians who ask," he told Global Times, a state-run newspaper.


Megaupload user data could be deleted Thursday

At least 50 million Megaupload customers are estimated at risk of losing their data, which is believed to include legitimate content such as home videos and work documents.

Aneesh Chopra, US chief technology officer, is stepping down

"Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records," President Barack Obama said in a statement today.

Twitter says it will censor Tweets country by country, users find workaround

"Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country," Twitter announced.

Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz, alias 'Kim Dotcom,' in court in New Zealand (VIDEO)

Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz was taken into custody yesterday, after a stand-off with police at his luxurious New Zealand home, known as the "Dotcom mansion."

China's internet users top 500 million

The government's China Internet Network Information Center said today that 505 million people were online in China as of November 2011.

PayPal pilot: In-store payments at Home Depot

“Home Depot has a significant reach,” Brian Blair, an analyst at Wedge Partners Corp. in New York, told Bloomberg News. “PayPal has been historically in online payments. Now it becomes real-world currency.”

Russian blogger sneaks into state's 'high-security' rocket plant through hole in fence

The Russian government was left red-faced after blogger Lana Santor sneaked into a "high-security" rocket plant no fewer than five times, taking dozens of photos that she then posted online.
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One of Lana Santor's photos showing her inside the state-owned Energomash plant. Full series on (Lana Santor/Courtesy)

A Russian blogger exposed slips in state security when she sneaked into a strategic rocket factory – and not just once, but five times.

Lana Santor documented her visits in photographs, which she then published on her blog. They show a decrepit and seemingly deserted plant, with paint peeling off machinery and piles of junk outside.


Spain SOPA law passes after pressure from US Ambassador Alan Solomont

The new Spanish government passed a tough new anti-piracy law after pressure from the United States ambassador.
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