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Celebrate Les Paul’s Birthday With Playable Google Doodle

Today, Google is paying tribute to the late guitar pioneer Les Paul with a guitar-themed doodle that allows users to play it and record songs of their own.

The doodle, which was designed by engineers Kristopher Hom and Joey Hurst and doodle team lead Ryan Germick, will be up for 24 hours, and was released to celebrate what would have been Paul's 96th birthday. (Paul, a leader in the development of the solid-body electric guitar, died of complications from pneumonia in 2009.)

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McDonald’s Billboard Hosts Giant Game of Pong [VIDEO]

A giant McDonald's video billboard in Stockholm, Sweden is hosting a game of pong that just about anybody with a smart phone can join in, without having to download any new software.

Instead, potential players use their smart phone to log on to a website associated with the promotion. After the phone's geo-location device confirms you are close enough to the billboard, the phone's touch screen can be used to control the game.

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SWAT Team Kicks Down Front Door to Collect on Student Loan [VIDEO]

Recently, a Stockton, California man had his front door kicked down, was dragged in his underwear to his front yard and handcuffed in front of his three children by a SWAT team.

The reason? His estranged wife had defaulted on her student loan payments, and the U.S. Department of Education apparently sent the heavily armed squad in to collect.

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‘Golden Girls’ Theme Song Writer Andrew Gold Dead at 59

Singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, whose song 'Thank You For Being a Friend' was made popular by the Emmy-winning comedy 'The Golden Girls,' died Friday in his sleep from a heart attack, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 59.

Gold, who worked with artists ranging from Cher to Art Garfunkel during his career, set out as a solo artist in 1975 following a stint with the band Bryndle. In 1977, he released arguably his best-known song, 'Lonely Boy,' which peaked at number seven on the U.S. charts.

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Celebrity Birthdays for June 8 – Joan Rivers, Kanye West, Others

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Joan Rivers
Age: 78
Occupation: Comedienne
Known For: Scathing celebrity critiques and being a plastic surgeon's best friend

Kanye West
Age: 34
Occupation: Rapper
Known For: Smash albums like '808s and Heartbreak' and never letting anyone finish a sentence

Boz

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This Day in History for June 7, 2011

Here's a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1654 – Louis XIV becomes King of France (More info)

1776 - Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduces a resolution in the Continental Congress proposing a Declaration of Independence (More info)

1862 – The United States and Britain agree to suppress the slave trade (More info)

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