Twoppics, the stories behind the hottest topics on twitter.
On Monday, the world's tallest skyscraper formally opened in Dubai. The Burj Dubai (#burjdubai) is more than 160 stories high, rising over 2,600 feet, making it the hot twoppic of the moment. For comparison, Chicago's Willis Tower stands at 1,450 feet. The luxury high-rise cost about $1.5 billion to build --- apartments sold for about $2,000 per square foot. Sheikh Mohammad, the leader of Dubai, hopes the building will help restore Dubai's appeal as a business hub. At the opening he gave a brief speech where he renamed the building the "Burj Khalifa," after the United Arab Emirates president.
Your hot twoppic of the day is U2 frontman Bono, who came under criticism for his column in the New York Times, where he writes that it's time for America to fight file sharing to protect young songwriters. He blames internet service providers for failing to crack down on illegal file sharing over their networks, angering some tech experts who say that net-content cannot be effectively controlled.