The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Facebook can hunt down your face in any photo now, and the company says that you should consider it a privacy enhancement as getting tagged will alert you to “a photo of you on the Internet that you didn’t know about… you can remove the tag, or you… can write the person and say, ‘I’m not that psyched about this photo.'” [via Gawker]

2. In case you have any doubts about whether or not their relationship is real, Jake Gyllenhaal gave Taylor Swift a really expensive guitar for her 21st birthday. The Fender Gretsch that he surprised her with is signed on the pickguard by country music icon Chet Atkins. [via The Sun]

3. “I’ve been at home for almost three days now. My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me. I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis. I’m hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of Dreamgirls at the FOX before it closes.” – Aretha Franklin is back at home after surgery

4. The tracks in the running for a Best Original Song award nomination at the 2011 Oscars have been announced, including two tracks from Gwyneth Paltrow and three from Burlesque. But is there any chance that Randy Newman won’t win for “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3? [via Digital Spy]

5. Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club selection — A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens — which have been issued by Penguin in a single paperback volume for $20, are selling a lot slower than was expected. Some people think it’s because an e-version of both books is available for free download. [via USA Today]

Bonus link: See Jane Austen’s Google Doodle in Honor of Her 235th Birthday