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DAILY BITES
Starbucks Raises Prices, Customers Notice

Yes, it's true. Starbucks has raised prices on several of their beverages. You'll now notice a 10 cent hike on many of your favorites including 'Tall' sized lattes and brewed coffees. I couldn't help but notice when they rang up my 'Tall' bold this morning that is was $2.01, instead of the usual $1.91. Most annoying, the change hadn't even been notated on the menu! Sure, 10 cents isn't much, but the price increase happened suddenly, with no formal announcement that we can recall. (Of course, many of us were submerged in pumpkin pie and a turkey coma recently, so it's possible we missed something.) I only found out after my purchase. What trickery!

WEBSITES
2011's Top 10 Most Viewed Viral Videos

Remember the simple days before there was risk of having every embarrassing moment recorded? The days before convenient technology like camera phones and Youtube? Or before the days you could pay someone to make you into an overnight pop star? It seems like it was 100 years ago. With technology getting more advanced and accessible every year, viral videos are only becoming more prevalent. Youtube has become the go-to place to air out dirty laundry, discover the next pop star, embarrass yourself, and to watch incredible creations such as VW's 'Feel the Force' commercial. Some of the videos we love, while others have us wishing for simpler days of hop scotch. So without further ado, here are the top 10 most viewed Youtube viral videos of 2011.

GADGETS
Steve Jobs Wins Grammy Award

Steve Jobs was certainly someone who made anything seem possible. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting creativity, the man who is synonymous with innovation is being honored posthumously by the The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a Grammy award. On Sunday, February 12, 2012, during the 54th annual Grammy Awards presentation, Jobs will receive the 2012 Special Merit award for his legendary career that literally changed the world and how we consume media.

"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture," stated Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow. "It is an honor to recognise such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry."

STYLIZER
4 Looks for Keeping it Classy on NYE

For some reason, twice a year, women feel the need to wear as little clothing as possible. Those two occasions are Halloween and New Year's Eve. While many women bask in the glory of feeling justified for being scantily clad, many of us would rather keep a little to the imagination. Seeing someone's butt cheeks hang down from under their dress veers off the sexy path and into, "WTF is she wearing?" So, to avoid such disasters, here are 4 looks for 4 different types of parties that are both sexy AND classy. Whether you're headed to the club or out with the family, here are some pointers for keeping all eyes on you for the right reasons.

ART
Video: First Trailer for 'The Hobbit' Released

If you're as big of a nerd as I am (and I'm sure you are) you've been waiting for The Hobbit to be released since the last Lord of the Rings hit theaters a thousand years ago. Actually, 8 years ago, but it feels like a thousand years ago. Well, it's here! After plenty of studio bickering and several finanical setbacks that plagued the film in the early stages, we finally get a glimpse of Bilbo Baggins' adventures to the Lonely Mountain with all our favorite LOTR characters; including Legolas, Gandalf, Frodo, Gollum et al.

Unfortunately for all us, we're going to have to wait another year, as the film will not be released in theaters until December 14, 2012. So, in the meantime, I guess you'll just have to watch the trailer on repeat and play with your action figures.

WEBSITES
Kim Jong-il Dropping the Bass

This is pretty much the best thing we've seen all month. Jong-il was the center of many comedic skits, memes and parodies throughout his life, but this posthumous Tumblr is possibly the best of them all. Honoring Jong-il's lifelong dream of being hip and cool, in this blog he becomes the epitomy of cool: a DJ.

DJs, known for their globe-trotting, party rocking, groupie gathering lifestyles have become the new James Bond's of the current era. In this blogosphere masterpiece Jong-il finally makes it. Dropping bass next to DJ "Gods" such as David Guetta, Skrillex, Tiesto and Moby, Kim finally reaches the level of cool he was never able to achieve while he was alive.

HAPPENINGS
Tonight: Music, Martinis, & Mistletoe with Gilda's Club

Join Gilda's Club tonight for a holiday party benefiting a great cause. For a $10 donation at the door, you get $4 beers and $6 drink specials while mingling with like-minded young professionals. Best of all, 100% of proceeds go to benefit Gilda's Club NYC! Gilda's Club NYC in a non-profit organization that creates a welcoming community with free support for anyone living with cancer. Through networking, support groups, workshops, lectures and social activities, patients and families get the support and encouragement that is so vital in coping with the mental and physical stresses of cancer. To learn more about this wonderful organization go to http://www.gildasclubnyc.org.

There will be raffle prizes throughout the night and light appetizers will be served.

When: December 20th, 2011. 6pm-10pm

Where: Arctica Bar

LOVEBUG
Gifts He's Guaranteed to Love

Women often get a bad rap for being high maintenance or difficult to shop for, but if our boyfriends (especially mine) are any indication, men can be just as picky when it comes to gifts. Luckily you don't have to wander around the men's department at Bloomingdale's for 6 hours trying to find the perfect gift, because we have a thorough list of items your man will love. And, no, it doesn't involve giftcards or cologne!

I'm yet to meet a man who doesn't love beer, wine or both. With a monthly membership, your man gets a new beer or wine every month, sure to satisfy his need for a cold one after a long work week. Check out Craft Beer Club or Wine.com.

LIFESTYLE
Worst Person Ever, Kim Jong Il Has Died

As it is now widely known, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has met his end. The 69-year-old loose canon, known for his Napoleon complex , bouffant hair-do, khaki onesies and generally psychotic behavior, took an il-fated ride on a train last night and suffered a sudden heart attack. Ending his 17 year reign as North Korea's oppressor leader. His mini-me 27-year -old son, Kim Jong Un, is said to be taking over.

ART
VIDEO: Siri Gains Street Cred, Raps Notorious B.I.G Flawlessly

Who knew Siri was such a rhyme spitting thug? In this latest video, Siri shows us her mad rap skills as she flawlessly kills it to Notorious B.I.G's "Hynotize."

Steve Jobs would be so proud right now.

[by Robert Boehnke for Music Hack Day 2011]