May 17th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

Mash-up: Facebook, Donna Summer, Sully

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs.

iReporter on Facebook: 'You are the product'

CNN iReporter Tom Martin says that, although Facebook is free, users pay the price of having their information become more and more public.

"I do not want to be a part of this apparent mission to alter the norms of society," the 23-year-old said. "Facebook has frequently changed its privacy settings in the past and will do so again, always in favor of less privacy."

Martin admits that he misses the occasional party or event by not being a member of the site - "there is somewhat of a social price to be paid for rebelling against the trend" - but also says he wouldn't sign up for Facebook "if you put a gun to my head." He believes people who really care about him will make the extra effort to stay in touch.

Who is on Capt. Sully's list of leaders?

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is widely admired for the calm, cool way he landed an airliner in the Hudson River after it lost an engine because of a bird impact. Now, we learn whom Sully admires and what he looks for in a leader.

Man buys out store, donates everything

CNN affiliate WAVE reports that a Kentucky businessman visited a Kmart store that was being shuttered two days later. Rankin Paynter decided to buy everything left in the store and then turned around and donated every bit of it to a Clark County charity.

Mourning 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer

Donna Summer, the "Queen of Disco," has died at 63, her representative said. Summer's hits included "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls," "Love to Love You Baby" and "She Works Hard for the Money." Actress and media personality Niecy Nash tweeted on the incredible loss the music industry has seen recently: "Whitney. Tina Marie. Vesta. Now Donna Summer. The choir in heaven has a new member. They will be singing up a beautiful storm."

Coffee giveth, asteroids taketh away

News of a study that found coffee may lengthen your life was tempered by the revelation that there are a whole bunch of asteroids out there that could pose a threat to Earth. What is a CNN commenter to do?


I am sitting at my desk having a cup of java, keeping my eye peeled for stray asteroids. I am deeply torn. The coffee may lengthen my life only to face an untimely demise by an errant rocky missile brought forth from the heavens.  Ignorance is truly bliss.


An asteroid would strike so fast you wouldn't even comprehend what was going on until after the fact. It's not like in the movies where the asteroid takes its time, slowly drifting through the atmosphere - those things move, like a bat-out-of-hell. So enjoy your drink; if you die, you won't even know it.

On the horizon: NATO summit, Facebook IPO

President Barack Obama will host a summit of NATO leaders in his adopted hometown, Chicago, starting Friday. The topic of the two-day meeting is Afghanistan, and 60 nations are expected to participate.

After a long buildup, shares of Facebook will finally go on sale to the public. Are you getting in on the action? Do you even care?

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  1. rox731

    I had just finished reading my email which included the story about the asteroids count, then I came here to read my daily Mash Up. The coffee story with the asteroid story is great. I got a great laugh out of it. Sad about Donna Summer, I had no idea she had cancer.

    May 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    I agree w/Niecy Nash, what an amazing choir heaven has acquired these past few years! Add Amy Winehouse & Whitney Houston & it's a choir out of this world, literally!! I don't have to worry about asteroids because I don't drink coffee! Lol!!

    May 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    How awesome of Rankin Paynter did this....what a generous soul!

    May 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David in Tampa

    Not to worry....the Company I work for not only poked an asteroid in the face at 88,000 MPH to photograph the debris so we could find out what it was made of......... we then landed the camera craft ON the it was rotating with five different axis. Are we good or what?

    May 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |