John Mayer Scores Diamond ‘Big Lebowski’ ‘The Dude’ Chain for 40th Birthday

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John Mayer‘s way over the line with his 40th bday celebration — ’cause he’s hanging with the Dude.

The singer bought an iced out chain pendant of one of his favorite movie characters — the Dude from “The Big Lebowski.” The 18k white gold piece is covered with 41 carats of diamonds. We’re told it took IF & Co. Jewelers about 2 months to complete.

Famed celeb jeweler Ben Baller delivered Mayer’s gift Monday at LAX. No word on how much John paid, but our sources say it’s worth at least 6 figures.

For Mayer, “Anxiety and worry is canceled this week.”

We abide.

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The online bots behind Vladimir Putin’s birthday wishes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured on holiday in Siberia in August

When President Vladimir Putin turned 65 on 7 October, he was not short of online well-wishers. But how many were real?

A hashtag which translates as “Happy Birthday President” began trending in early that day in Russia.

One of the most popular tweets using this tag is:

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The hashtag translates as “Happy Birthday President”, and the caption on the photo of the bear says “Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin), High five! Happy B-day!”

While the tweet was shared more than 800 times, none of those sharing it appear to be Russian speakers. They also seemed to lack the personality of an individual, were often advertising services, and with account information containing frequent typos.

“We are a professional photo servic in Vicoria an on Vancouver Island” (sic) said one. Another described themselves as a “Maria Arts Mrketing Guru” (also sic).

Several also contained sexually explicit content.

Who is @vitischeg?

The @vitischeg profile also raises suspicions. The account was created in 2014 yet all tweets posted prior to 20 September appear to have been deleted. An analysis of the timeline suggests the account has stayed inactive for months at a time.

The bio states that the account holder is named Viktor Petrov-Vodkin – who shares his surname with a prominent Soviet painter. But an analysis by BBC Monitoring, using the social media tool Crimson Hexagon, shows the account previously used the name Viktor Vodkin-Petrov.

While the name Viktor, and the profile picture of a bearded man wearing shades, indicate that the owner of the account is masculine, a now-deleted tweet from 16 September uses the feminine form of a verb to describe how the account owner tried to make a salad.

This is not the first time @vitischeg has wished Vladimir Putin happy birthday. In 2016, the account tweeted the same meme of the bear but with the hashtag #PutinDay. That trending tag, as well as @vitischeg’s tweets was reported on by two Kremlin-funded outlets, RT and Sputnik.


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On Putin’s birthday this year, another account which shared the presidential well-wishing hashtag also raised suspicions.

This time, while almost all of the re-tweeters of the message by @YuryKuznetsov65 appeared to speak Russian, they still exhibited signs of being bots. Many of them had generic profile pictures of a logo, a landscape or a film character.

Similarly the names of many of these accounts are a random combination of numbers and letters (e.g. @NK598489, @8202ed2f4f1441a, @gda070874, or @V13155800). These are classic tell-tale signs of potential Twitter bots.

The @YuryKuznetsov65 account, was less than a day old at the time of tweeting. It claims, however, to be a replacement for @comradzampolit, a well-established pro-Kremlin account suspended by Twitter earlier this year.

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Translation: “Greetings comrades! I’ve set up what I hope will be a temporary account while I’m banned. My private messages are open, happy to answer any questions. Proof that this account is genuine is via this website. Max re-tweet!”

‘Personality Cult’

Ben Nimmo, an information defence senior fellow at the Atlantic Council who studies online misinformation, says the happy birthday campaign is likely a privately run effort rather than a Kremlin-sponsored initiative.

“Bots are always hard to attribute, because they hide behind the anonymity Twitter allows, so it’s not clear who’s behind this,” Nimmo told BBC Trending.

“This looks like a botnet [collection of automated bot accounts] at work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s government-linked. The first network, in particular, looks commercial – for example, with lots of bitcoin adverts. The networks are small, in the hundreds of retweets, whereas major bot operations can involve tens of thousands of accounts. So this could simply come from a Putin fan with time and bots on his hands.

“There have been elements of a personality cult around Putin since early in his first term. Russia is due for presidential elections next year. Putin is expected to run for a fourth term, but his last re-election, in 2012, was marked by significant protests against him, and against election fraud. All the indications are that the Kremlin is desperate to avoid a repeat.

“We can’t rule out some official connection here, but it looks more likely that this is a private pro-Putin initiative.”

Reporting by Vitaliy Shevchenko, BBC Monitoring

Additional reporting by Megha Mohan

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Vladimir Putin Gets Puppy for His Birthday … Pray for the Puppy!!!

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Vladimir Putin has a new bff — a super adorable puppy, which he’ll probably turn into a vicious killer in no time flat. 

The Russian Prez got the lil’ pooch as a belated birthday gift Wednesday from the president of Turkmenistan — and you gotta see the video of the hand off. Full “Lion King” style.

The Central Asian shepherd pup’s name is Verny — Russian for “loyal” — and even though we’re normally suckers for anyone snuggling with cute puppies … still not enough to overlook alleged human rights atrocities on Putin’s watch.

Nothing personal, Verny — but keep your head on a swivel, dawg!

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Navya Naveli Nanda’s pictures with birthday boy Amitabh Bachchan are too cute to miss – Navya Naveli Nanda’s most interesting pictures

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Navya Naveli Nanda, who is the daughter of Shweta Nanda and grandchild of megastar Amitabh Bachchan shares a great camaraderie with her grandfather. Recently, Big B even took her by the hand and lead her to his pedestal in his residence Jalsa and introduced her to his many fans. Today, on his 75th birthday, fans and friends alike have been sharing a number of pictures and heartiest wishes for the birthday boy.
Fans of the young diva have also been flooding Instagram with some of the best grandfather-granddaughter moments the two have shared over the years. While one picture is a cute collage of family pictures, the other has the two enjoying their moment playing the piano and others from their public appearances together.
The Bachchans have jetted out to the Maldives to ring in Amitabh’s birthday with a private family celebration.

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Amitabh Bachchan birthday special: Candid family pictures

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Amitabh Bachchan birthday special: Candid family pictures

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Amitabh Bachchan is an evergreen actor who is loved by his fans since time for decades now. The veteran has fans of all ages and in all parts of the world. The actor, who gave Hindi cinema a face to ‘the angry young man’, has turned 75 today. The ‘102 Not Out’ actor has given Bollywood various blockbusters one can binge watch. He’s that husband any wife could kill to have and that father any child would look up to. Apart from being loved for the kind of work he does onscreen, Big B is loved for his generosity, kind-heartedness, and warmth towards people off screen too. On account of his birthday, here are some candid pictures of their family. by Niyati Budhiraja

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Karan Johar confirms next film with Ranbir Kapoor on his birthday – A peek into Ranbir Kapoor’s life

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Ranbir Kapoor is all set to start life afresh as he moves into his plush new Pali Hill bachelor pad ‘Vastu’ today. The actor, who purchased the flat for a whopping Rs 35 crore, asked renowned interior designer Gauri Khan a.k.a Shah Rukh Khan’s wife to do the honours of making his house more ‘homely’, and we have the fist picks of the swanky abode.

Gauri took to her social networking handles to share pictures of herself posing with Ranbir in what appears to be his well-decorated living room. Keeping up with the actor’s ‘exquisite taste’, Gauri gave the room a mix of tradition meets modernity with subtle pastel-coloured walls, a maroon sofa along with beige seats and not to miss the large gold candle chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

Mrs Khan shared the picture saying, “Koffee with Ranbir@vastu. Saving the champagne for tomorrow @neetu54.”

Ranbir, who lived with his grandmother for months on end, will have his two dogs, an English Mastiff and a French Mastiff, keeping him company in the new pad. The house also boasts of a huge bedroom, a theatre and a huge space for the mutts to run around.

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