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Zynga CEO's Stalker Also Snuck Into Google

Vera Svechina left behind angry letter, Russian-language book

(Newser) - The story just gets weirder. First, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus got a restraining order against amateur filmmaker/former Russian stripper Vera Svechina, who was reportedly stalking him. Now comes the news that Svechina also gained access to the inner offices of Google in March, leaving behind a Russian-language book and an... More »

FarmVille CEO Gets Restraining Order on Stalker

Former Russian stripper repeatedly visited his home

(Newser) - Another scary story under the category of tech entreprenuer stalkers : Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, head of the company that unleashed FarmVille and its offshoots on the world, had to get a restraining order last month against a female stalker, reports Business Insider . A judge agreed that Vera Svechina, described as... More »

7 Signs Your 'Friend' Is a Facebook Stalker

If he's always the first to comment on your status, you might be in trouble...

(Newser) - You know the signs of Facebook addiction and Facebook depression . Today's lesson: Facebook stalking. Specifically, how to tell if one of your so-called friends is, gasp!, actually stalking you. AllFacebook runs down the seven tell-tale signs:
  1. They occupy the No. 1 slot: AllFacebook calls this one a "dead giveaway.
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Stalker Caught in Madonna's Mansion

Man allegedly broke in while singer was out of town

(Newser) - London police have arrested a man they say broke into Madonna’s mansion while the Material Girl was in the US for her grandmother’s funeral. The pop star’s pad is protected with a state-of-the-art security system, but Grzegorz Matlok allegedly broke in this weekend by simply smashing... More »

'Breakup Notifier' App Keeps Tabs on Unavailable Friends

New app will alert you when your beloved becomes single

(Newser) - It's tough to keep tabs on all those Facebook friends—who has the time to constantly check the status of a bunch of currently-taken potential lovers, waiting to pounce as soon as you notice that “In a Relationship” has changed to “Single”? Well, thanks to programmer Dan... More »

Zuckerberg Gets Restraining Order Against Stalker

Man who begged for cash ordered to stay away from Facebook CEO

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against a man he says is stalking him both on Facebook and in real life. Pradeep Manukonda has been ordered to stay 300 yards away from Zuckerberg, his sister, and his girlfriend. Manukonda visited several Facebook offices attempting to ask Zuckerberg for money... More »

Palin Obtains Order Against Threatening Teen

'Bottom line is, he is crazy and could kill me'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has been granted a restraining order against a Pennsylvania man who sent her a gun receipt and told her he was buying a one-way ticket to Alaska. Shawn Christy, 18, has been banned from contacting Palin and her family and has been ordered to stay at least a... More »

Erin Andrews Almost Cries Touting Stalker Law

'There is hope,' she says

(Newser) - Erin Andrews appeared on Capitol Hill today to speak out in favor of a new, tougher federal stalking law, and nearly came to tears in the process. “These stories are not easy to talk about,” said the ESPN reporter, flanked by members of Congress. “It's so funny.... More »

Facebook Boots 'Sex Addict'

But he slips back on posing as a woman

(Newser) - A self-described "sex addict" says he's been blocked from using Facebook after meeting some 300 of the 1,500 women he has bedded on the social networking site. Former British miner Clive Worth, 60, says he's been booted from the site 4 times. But Worth has slipped back onto... More »

The Law Won't Help Palin Get Rid of Author

He might be a creep, but that ain't illegal

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has called Joe McGinniss, the author who moved in next door, a “stalker,” so couldn't she just take out a restraining order on him? Nope, sorry. As Christopher Beam of Slate explains, a stalker is, according to Alaskan law, a person who “recklessly places another... More »

Chilling Details Bared in Andrews Gun Threat

Sick fan wants her to 'dance through hail of gunfire'

(Newser) - Things keep getting scarier for Erin Andrews: A sick fan apparently told the ESPN reporter that he'd like to see her "dance her way through a hail of gunfire" in one of her appearances on Dancing With the Stars. He adds: "Better yet, I would love to shoot... More »

Erin Andrews Had 'Meltdown' After Sentencing

ESPN reporter 'angry' over length of sentence

(Newser) - Erin Andrews’ peephole stalker is headed to prison, but the ESPN reporter is still mad, and doesn’t think his 30-month sentence is long enough. “I had a pretty big comedown, a meltdown last night, I think, after I got back from the courtroom,” she told Good Morning ... More »

Erin Andrews' Stalker Sentenced to 2½ Years

ESPN reporter sought harsher punishment for peeping tom

(Newser) - The Illinois insurance executive who followed Erin Andrews around the country and shot nude videos of her at hotels was sentenced to 2½ years in prison today. The ESPN reporter was in court in Los Angeles to see Michael Barrett, 48, learn his fate. At a December court hearing where... More »

Dr. Drew Stalker Busted

Suspect accused of threatening to kill TV doc's family

(Newser) - A California man has been arrested and charged with felony stalking for allegedly threatening to kill celebrity physician Drew Pinsky. Charles Pearson sent threatening message over the Internet, including one in which he threatened to kill the doctor's children and make his wife eat them, Dr. Drew tells TMZ. More »

Erin Andrews: Peephole Stalker Deserves Max

'I hope he never sees the light of day,' she says of Michael Barrett

(Newser) - Erin Andrews had some harsh words for her stalker when she faced him in court for the first time yesterday. Though Michael Barrett’s plea agreement recommends two years in prison, Andrews pushed for the maximum of five, saying, “I hope he never sees the light of day again,... More »

Erin Andrews Begins Hotel Safety Crusade

ESPN reporter's peeping tom will plead guilty today

(Newser) - Erin Andrews is on a mission to make hotels safer for guests, after a stalker filmed her nude through a modified peephole. The ESPN reporter is expected to announce the new initiative after her accused stalker, Michael David Barrett, pleads guilty in federal court today. She plans to sue the... More »

Erin Andrews' Peeping Tom to Plead Guilty

Michael Barrett faces 5 years in prison, $250K fine

(Newser) - The man charged with snooping on ESPN's Erin Andrews and trying to sell the nude footage has agreed to plead guilty. Michael Barrett, 48, faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for interstate stalking, reports the Chicago Tribune . "He does accept full responsibility for his conduct,... More »

Seacrest 'Fine' After Stalker Arrest

LA cops arrest man armed with knife at E! office

(Newser) - Ryan Seacrest twitters that he's "fine" and "happy" now that his stalker is in police custody. LA police arrested 25-year-old Chidi Uzomah yesterday after he entered the E! offices looking for Seacrest and armed with a knife. Security guards recognized Uzomah because he was arrested last month after... More »

Extortion Try Just Latest Weirdness in Dave's Life

Letterman's extortion plot follows earlier stalkers, would-be kidnapper

(Newser) - David Letterman’s extortion drama is just the latest in a long line of bizarre happenings. A look back:
  • 1993: Margaret Ray, who stole Letterman’s Porsche in the 1980s and called herself “Mrs. David Letterman,” broke into his home at least seven times and was arrested in
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French Cops Save Tourist Girl Snatched by Internet Stalker

(Newser) - French police rescued a vacationing Scottish girl who was snatched by an Internet stalker, reports the Daily Mail. The girl, 12, was whisked to the Marseille airport from a villa where she was vacationing with her parents by a 41-year-old Belgian man she had encountered earlier on the Internet. She... More »

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