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We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2010, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live in 2010, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

Fring App Brings Skype Video Calling to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi and 3G:
Sure, Skype just formally announced video calling in the Skype 3.0 iOS app, but Fring brought us Skype video calls months ago! The thing is, Skype pulled that feature from Fring with the quickness, but that didn't stop this from being the most read story we published in 2010!

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Mix Tape: Stone Temple Pilots Postpone Dates, Wyclef Jean Drops From Race

Scott Weiland-Twelve dates on Stone Temple Pilot’s reunion tour have been postponed. It’s not known whether Scott Weiland’s strange behavior at recent Houston show has anything to do with the rescheduling.

-Wyclef Jean has officially taken his name out of the race for the presidency of Haiti. ‚ÄúThis was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made,” he stated.

-Singer Bret Michaels is scheduled to go back into surgery early next year. That is when he’ll have an “operable and treatable” hole his heart—something unrelated to his recent medical issues—repaired.

-Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen has been tapped to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic about the band Queen. Filming should begin next year. Surviving band members—Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon—all support the project.

A-Listers Donate Designer Dresses For Haiti

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Fashion Designers, News,

Salma Hayek in couture GucciWhen in Cannes, donate to a good cause! and other Hollywood celebs helped raised $333,000 for Haiti by selling their designer dresses this past week.

The 35-year-old beauty and jewelery maker Chopard raised the sum by organizing an auction for the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization at the Cannes Film Festival. Donators to the auction included Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, , Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek - who raised $21,000 alone for her burgundy Gucci gown, the first from the Italian brand’s new couture range.

An original sketch for the gown by Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini was also sold alongside the creation. Other celebrities who gave outfits included Naomi Watts, , Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Jenkins-Penn charity was created by Oscar-winning actor as a response to help the Caribbean nation in its recovery from twos earthquake in January this year. Around 230,000 people were killed and around 1 million made homeless as a result of the quakes.

Quote of the Day: Sean Penn Wishes Rectal Cancer on His Critics

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Movies, Videos,

“I guess I’ve been so away from it all in our tent camp in Haiti that I haven’t had an awful lot of time to pay attention to them. Do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah. You know, but I’m not going to spend a lot of energy on it.”

-Actor , who is not known for mincing words, expressing how he feels about those who criticize his efforts in Haiti.

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Quote of the Day: Jay-Z Didn’t Want We Are the World Remake

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Collaborations, Gossip, Covers,

“I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: , I love it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like [Michael Jackson’s] ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: [Millions have been raised] through text [donations] to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We are the World’ is [musically] untouchable like ‘Thriller’ is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”

-Rapper offering his opinion on the remake that recently debuted during the Winter Olympics.

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Simon Cowell organizes Everybody Hurts charity single

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming Releases, Covers,

‘s Helping Haiti single will soon be released globally.

The song - a star-studded cover of R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts” - will be available to download worldwide starting Sunday to help boost sales and raise relief funds for the earthquake-stricken nation.

The track - which features 21 artists, including , Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi and Susan Boyle - debuted on British radio stations earlier this week and is already poised to be one of the biggest-selling songs in recent years.

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BET to Host Another Haiti Fundraiser

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Music, Prime Time, Specials, Cable, MTV, News,

Queen LatifahGeorge Clooney may have organized the first major Haiti fundraiser, but it wasn’t the last one.

Later this week, - with help from Sean Combs and Pharrell - will host another star-studded benefit event. The telethon, which is being presented by BET, will air across multiple channels including MTV, VH1 and Centric.

Wyclef, Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Akon, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke and India.Arie will be among the participants.

SOS Saving OurSelves - Help for Haiti will air from Miami at 8:00 on Friday night.

Read More | Futon Critic

Hope for Haiti Telethon Success

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Music, Charity,

Bono and Rihanna perform at the Hope for Haiti telethonMadonna, Beyonce Knowles and Tom Cruise joined in yesterday’s telethon to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The telethon - broadcast from Los Angeles, New York and London - saw more than 140 stars come together to perform and raise funds to aid relief in the Caribbean state, which has been struck by two huge earthquakes in the last two weeks, leaving hundreds of thousands dead.

“This is a tragedy that reaches across all borders, all boundaries. It demands our attention, our help and our compassion. The Haitian people need help. They need to know that they are not alone. They need to see that we still care,” George said.

While Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Coldplay, , Sting, Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow all performed, addresses were made from ex-US president Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Samuel L. Jackson. Manning the telephones were some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including director Steven Spielberg and actors Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Reese Witherspoon and Penelope Cruz.

The two-hour broadcast collected money via the internet and text message as well as phone donations, and is expected to raise over $150 million.

We Are the World - Part Two

We are the World singers

First, they sang for Africa. Now, they’ll be singing for Haiti.

To help celebrate the classic “We Are the World” recording, and Lionel Richie will be uniting artists once again to sing for a good cause. Artists in the Los Angeles area for the Jan. 31 Grammys will be asked to participate in this musical event taking place on February 1.

When the original song - co-written by Richie and - was first released, proceeds generated by the single went toward the relief effort in Africa. Although a 25th anniversary-celebration had already been in the works prior to the earthquake in Haiti, the devastation in that country changed the scope of the plans.

It’s not yet known who will be involved in the new session, though artists including Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend have already been given invites.

“We Are the World” was recorded on January 28, 1985.

Read More | Showbiz 411

Stars Line Up for Haiti Telethon

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Specials, ABC, CBS, FOX, HBO, MTV, NBC, The CW, News,

, Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper will be accompanied by a number of big names during their upcoming telethon.

, a fundraiser organized for the devastated country, will air commercial-free this Friday night across a number of networks. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT are among the channels involved.

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