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Latest update : 2014-03-04

USA: Woman attacked for wearing Google Glass

In this edition: an American woman is assaulted for wearing Google Glass; the global "Humans Of" photo movement; and stunning images from a camera attached to a pelican's beak.

USA: WOMAN ATTACKED FOR WEARING GOOGLE GLASS 

“You’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some ---- Google Glass haters,” Sarah Slocum posted this status update to Facebook last week along with a short video clip captured on the device. We see her being jeered by other people in the bar because she was wearing the web giant`s high tech glasses. 

The incident soon sparked lively commentary online with countless web users offering their support. In this post on Sarah Slocum`s Facebook page, one person writes that while this type of attack is relatively rare, people wearing the famous Internet connected headset in public are often given a frosty reception. 

As the Washington Post reports, this story illustrates the difficulties faced by Google in getting the general public to accept their smart glasses. Well aware of peoples reserves, the Mountain View firm posted a guide online last week, with do`s and don`ts for Google glass wearers. Advising them to ask permission before filming anyone for example and be polite and respectful if people have questions or feel uneasy.

FACEBOOK SPREADS GLOBAL "HUMANS OF" PHOTO MOVEMENT 

The “Humans Of” global photo movement sees people documenting their native cities, taking a photo of a stranger and posting it online along with a quote from the subject. One of the most recent “Humans Of” projects, started in January, is devoted to residents of Palo Alto in California, but pages from all over the world have been cropping up since 2012, from Rome, Jerusalem, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Khartoum to name but a few. 

American photographer Brandon Stanton was behind the initial concept; in 2010 he created the “Humans of New York” Facebook page which now has over 3 million likes. His photos have also been compiled into a bestselling book released last autumn. 

The movement became global through Facebook and has even spread to countries where social networks are blocked, like Iran. The creator of the “Humans of Tehran” page hopes to show the rest of the world that the Iranian capital is “not as far away as you think it is”, and hopes to challenge stereotypical perceptions of the country by showcasing the diversity of its people.

Some have given the movement a comical twist. The “Pigeons of Rotterdam” page has been set up in the Netherlands for example, suggesting the birds also have their tale to tell. So we have shots of birds along with their inner thoughts… like where they should build their nest for example or how the wind is ruffling their feathers. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS 

After winning over the Twitter-sphere with 8,5 million followers, the Dalai Lama has now made his Instagram debut. The spiritual leader of Tibetan and western Buddhists joined the photo sharing platform at the beginning of February, and has posted twenty or so pictures so far, taken notably during his recent trip to the United States. The page is already proving extremely popular indeed, with over 36,000 followers from across the globe. 

FANS PETITION TO SAVE THE ORIGINAL "PSYCHO" HOUSE 

An online petition to save the original “Psycho” house has been started on change.org. Fans of the Hitchcock masterpiece want Universal Studios to repair the horror house where Norman Bates had viewers on the edge of their seats back in 1960… there`s also a Facebook page urging web users to join the campaign to save the iconic building from destruction.

BROWSTACHES SWAP EYEBROWS WITH MUSTACHES 

This Tumblr blog, “Browstaches” was created by Sam Cannon and with a little help from some image editing software he has imagined what people would look like if they had their eyebrows removed and put on their upper lip… wacky work indeed, which makes us see some famous faces in a totally different light…

VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Staff at a national park in Tanzania attached a miniature camera to a pelican's beak to watch it as it learns to fly… the video is available online, and provides utterly unique viewing.

By Electron Libre

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