Lunch Break Links: Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani! Plus: Samberg strikes again

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Today's top story: Did Coldplay rip off Joe Satriani's "If I Could Fly" with their hit "Viva La Vida"? Satch is suing Chris Martin and company for that very reason. You be the judge...

Seems to me Coldplay is in the clear. There are only so many notes and chords to go around, and the similarity there isn't that striking. Plus it's pretty doubtful Coldplay — or anyone who doesn't work at Guitar Center — has ever heard that Satriani song before. Also, I like the Coldplay song, but that video is unforgivable.

Anyway, on to the rest of the links:

Whoever is using Twitter and pretending to be Kanye West is definitely not Kanye West.

Pitchfork's year-end stuff continues with The Year in Photos and The Year in News.

Idolator has chosen to go the route of tracking the year's top music trends with a countdown called 80 '08 (and Heartbreak). Theyll fill in the list with a few entries daily until Dec. 31.

Are you as upset as Slate about the slightly adjusted look of Google's results page?

They're already considering doing a Gossip Girl spinoff.

Tim Gunn is worried that the next season of Project Runway might never air.

NBC has named Tim Russert's official successor on Meet the Press.

Apparently drab but talented indie rockers/elitists Vivian Girls got in trouble for dissing "normal people."

The Killers top this list of the year's worst lyrics.

The New York Daily News has a point: Why hasn't Love, Actually become a holiday TV staple?

Sci-fi and horror enthusiast Forrest J. Ackerman has died. R.I.P.

Lastly, Andy Samberg has been a little off his game lately, but this clip from the weekend's Saturday Night Live, a collaboration with his Lonely Island homey Jorma Taccone — is a marvelous return to form. Look out for the cameos by Justin Timberlake and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Oh, and apparently Amy Poehler was back this week?)