Weekend Mashup | December 13, 2013

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Time POY: On Wednesday, TIME Magazine revealed Pope Francis as the 2013 TIME Person of the Year. TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs cited the Pope’s influence as a key factor, saying “in a very short time, a vast, global, ecumenical audience has shown a hunger to follow him” Pope Francis was selected from a shortlist that included Senator Ted Cruz, the exiled Edward Snowden, and LGBT rights advocate Edith Winter.

Goodbye to a Giant: Nelson Mandela, the hero of modern South Africa, passed away this week at the age of 94. Mandela was a national symbol of freedom for the African nation, emerging from decades of imprisonment to lead a passionate fight against apartheid. A memorial for Nelson was held Tuesday at Johannesburg FNB stadium and was billed as one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history.

Oh, Snap Insta! Photo-based social app Instagram announced their newest venture Instagram Direct on Thursday, announcing the new feature where users will be able to send private videos up to 15 seconds to their Instagram followers. Sound familiar? About a month after Snapchat turned down Facebook’s (who happens to own Instagram) $3 billion offer, the social media giant decided to build their own “snap photo” service through the Instagram platform.

A Bey Surprise: Speaking of Instagram, queen of pop Beyoncé sent the social network into a frenzy Thursday night when she announced her new 14-track visual album – without any prior notice. Beyoncé was not sent to release any new music until the beginning of 2014, but dropped her self-titled album (boasting a video to coincide each track) at midnight Thursday evening. Her compilation includes appearances by husband Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy, rappers Drake & Frank Ocean, and Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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