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Latest update : 2014-02-20

Unrest in Ukraine seen from the Web

In this edition: online reports of the bloody clashes in Ukraine; web users rally round to give a little boy with autism a birthday to remember; and the Dude Perfect collective are back with a new trick shot video.


UNREST IN UKRAINE SEEN FROM THE WEB

Riot police in armored vehicles try to enter Independence Square, driving through barricades erected by protesters, who throw Molotov cocktails and fireworks to try and block them off. This footage from Kiev, Ukraine testifies to the violent and bloody clashes between security forces and protesters late Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday morning after police stormed the main protest camp.

Clashes that have left dozens dead, a number of online reports from people at the scene say police were firing rubber bullets and also live ammunition. Activists are also saying riot police were heavily backed by “Titushky”, civilians paid by the government, as they tried to regain control of the Square which has been occupied by protesters since November.

And it seems the government has tried to justify its action taken by saying some of the protesters were armed. The Ministry of Internal Affairs posted this video online on Tuesday to support these claims. It shows several protesters fire rifles or pistols at police…

While the authorities may claim opposition demonstrators are solely responsible for the recent violence, protesters say it was triggered by the riot police`s disproportionate use of force. Some officers like this one seized and held by protesters on Tuesday, have been feeling the wrath of citizens gathered around Independence Square…


HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN: BOY GETS FACEBOOK SURPRISE

American schoolboy Colin has a form of autism and when his mum asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday he said there was no point because he didn`t have any friends. And so she started a Facebook page for him called “Happy Birthday Colin” inciting web users to send him “positive thoughts and encouraging words” ahead of his 11th birthday on March 9th.

So far some 2 million web users have joined Colin`s Facebook page and messages and birthday cards have come flooding in from well-wishers the world over. Some reminding Colin he is not alone and a lot of people would love to be his friend.

Web users, of all ages, have also made videos to wish Colin a happy birthday. Members of the US army and police officers have even got in on the act.

Other web users wanted to send more than a virtual greeting and have posted cards and presents to his home, the letter box has been overflowing. His mum is trying to keep it all a secret so she can surprise Colin on his birthday; he is still unaware of the huge social media campaign surrounding him.


STATS OF THE DAY

This infographic available on the site visual.ly looks at the six most popular social media sites Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Linkedin... and compares their stats from 2013. We learn for example that people share 2.5 billion different items on Facebook per day, that every day Google+ gains another 925,000 new users, and that 5,700 messages are posted to Twitter every second.
 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The film enthusiast behind the @555uhz Twitter handle is tweeting the 1980s blockbuster “Top Gun” frame by frame. The fan of Tony Scott`s cult film tweets some 50 screenshots per day to piece together each scene in chronological order. A huge undertaking that began on January 23rd which you can of course check it out on the microblogging site.
 

PHOTOGRAPHER EXPLORES BEAUTY THROUGH FACIAL SYMMETRY

What would our faces look like if they were totally symmetrical? This is theme of Alex John Beck`s project “Both Sides Of”. The New York based photographer took portraits of ten people and made symmetrical images using the right halves of their faces, and another using the left. The images were then placed side by side for comparison and the results, available to view on the artist’s website, are astonishing.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Trick shot experts the Dude Perfect collective, have released a new video online and this time they`re working with ping pong balls. Watch them pull off one amazing shot after another on the Dude Perfect YouTube channel.

By Electron Libre

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