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Syrian troops continue Homs shelling

Online reports of the ongoing shelling in the Syrian city of Homs. A nine year old boy becomes America’s latest web sensation. And late American rapper Tupac Shakur brought back to life on stage in California.

Syrian troops continue Homs shelling

Billowing smoke pours into the sky above Homs … Syrian activists posted these videos online on Monday; despite the arrival of UN observers in Syria, it would appear the shelling continues in this hotbed of anti-government sentiment.

Activist Samsom has taken to Twitter to describe the situation at the scene. He has shared this video: he says it shows the shelling in the Jouret al-Shayah district, adding that it is less intense than the previous day.

Activists are risking their lives to provide coverage from the city which has been under siege for months. Samir Shalab al-Sham an amateur film maker, who on occasion managed to live stream the shelling, was reportedly killed as he filmed this video from the roof of a building.

But despite the violence, protesters continue to openly voice their opposition to the Bashar al-Assad regime; this video shows a protest purportedly filmed in Homs on Sunday. And the anti-government movement also continues online.

Syrian web users have been posting photos of themselves holding banners calling for an end to the bloodshed. The shots were published on this Facebook page, set up in honour of Rima Dali, the young woman who was briefly detained for holding a banner bearing the same message in front of the Damascus parliament building on the 8th April.



USA: "Caine’s Arcade" is a viral hit

Caine Monroy is 9 years old, he lives in Los Angeles, and he’s fast becoming a star in the US. Very resourceful for his age, Caine built a collection of arcade games from cardboard boxes and other such salvaged items. Local film maker Nirvan Mullick came across the astonishing project entirely by chance, and impressed by the young boy’s talent, decided to give him a helping hand.

So to start with Mullick, with the complicity of the young boy’s father, organized a flash mob in Caine’s arcade. The operation was organized via social networks, and was extremely successful, with 700 people taking part, and a local television station at the scene. Nirvan Mullick posted a video of the event online; we can see Caine’s delight at the sudden success of his little enterprise.

And because he was so moved by Caine’s exceptional maturity and imagination, Mullick decided to take things a step further. He set up a Facebook page and a website so he could share the little boy’s story with as many people as possible. Web users can make donations via the website to a fund for Caine Monroy’s college education. And the blogosphere has obviously been left impressed by the young Californian’s initiative, because over 163 000 dollars has already been donated within the space of a few days.

And finally, because every online sensation or hero deserves their own song: one American songwriter has composed this track, telling the incredible story of Caine Monroy. Web users can download it from iTunes for the modest sum of 99 cents.

 

Now trending on social networks

Tupac, who was murdered in 1996, has been at the center of much online discussion. On Sunday, the late great rapper appeared in hologram form during California’s annual Coachella music festival. The magic of technology really gave the impression Tupac was actually on stage. The performance has been widely commented upon and well received online, with fans overjoyed at seeing one of the most iconic rappers ever brought back to life, if only for a short time.


"Around the world in 80 days" revisited on Twitter

Travel website Evaneos is taking the classic Jules Verne novel “Around the world in 80 days” to Twitter. The work has been adapted to fit the social media format and has been updated daily on @TMen80jours since the 11th April. Several tweets are posted every day, giving web users real time updates on Phileas Fogg and passepartout’s progress as they make their way around the world.

 

Video of the day

When a well-known brand of American footwear called upon the services of film maker Casey Neistat to dream up their latest online campaign, he decided to use the entire budget to travel around the world, with a friend, in 10 days. An action packed journey condensed down into this short video which web users can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes…

By Electron Libre

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