Mr. Pop Culture Report – August 7…

Google announces that it has agreed to purchase social networking app maker Slide for an undisclosed amount. The deal marks the latest try for the search giant to make some headway into the world of social networking. So far, Google has mostly failed in its attempts, including the poorly received Orkut and Google Buzz. Though the terms weren’t disclosed, various new reports have put the value at between $180 million and $230 million.

Singer/songwriter Sting has opened up a farm shop. Sting will sell organic food from a 900 acre estate and will be selling specialty salami, olive oil, wine, acacia honey, and various fruits and vegetables. The name of his shop is called the “Tenuta il Palagio.” The farm is in the region of Tuscany. The locals nicknamed Sting, ‘Chiantishire’

Saudi Arabia and the makers of the BlackBerry have reached a preliminary deal on granting access to users’ data that will avert a ban on the phone’s messenger service in the kingdom, Saudi officials said Saturday. The agreement would likely involve placing a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia to allow the government to monitor messages and allay official fears the service could be used for criminal purposes, the telecom regulatory officials said.

Wyclef Jean announced his candidacy for president of Haiti on Larry King Thursday. His priorities include improving education and rebuilding the earthquake-ravaged country’s infrastructure, as well as focusing on security, jobs and health care, he told Wolf Blitzer, who was filling in for the vacationing King on CNN.

Obama Ball To Be The Hot Pop Spot Next Week

Obama Ball The Pop Hot Spot as Beyonce will provide the vocal styling for Barack and Michelle Obama’s first dance on inauguration night, but will she perform one of her chart topping hits? Our guess is that Beyonce will perform a new or a variation of one of her songs to fit the occasion.

Beyonce has expressed her desire to be a part of the inauguration since Obama was elected and she told a reporter in November: “Whatever they want — if they need me to volunteer, they need me to sing, I’m there, and I’m ready.” The singer and actress will also perform at the Neighborhood Ball on ABC along with Jay-Z, Will.i.am, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Sting, Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5. Jessica Alba, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Walsh will be presenters at the ball.