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Latest update : 2014-04-03

'Cat lobby' takes over Turkish web

In this edition: the Turkish web abuzz over a "cat lobby"; the new Mozilla CEO under fire; and some Australian singers in a pre-take off flash mob.

"CAT LOBBY" TAKES OVER TURKISH WEB

With the Turkish opposition contesting the local election results in Istanbul and Ankara, won by the party of Prime Minister Erdogan, the AKP, thousands of web users have been having a field day poking fun at the Energy Minister Taner Yildez. Power outages in the capital on election night caused some polling stations to count by candlelight, but he has found the culprit … a cat. On Tuesday he announced a cat had walked into a transformer unit and that’s why there were power cuts.

His astonishing explanation has been met with mirth on social networks where government critics have since been posting under the #Kedilobisi hashtag which translates as “cat lobby”. They are posting all sorts of sarcastic comments accusing cats of trying to destabilize Turkey, and posting wacky photomontages depicting the kitties caught in the act as they try to sabotage power lines or as they celebrate their intervention on Sunday which helped bring the AKP to victory.

It`s certainly one way to challenge the AKP`s victory in Sunday`s local elections, but supporters of Prime Minister Erdogan`s government are less than impressed, saying the opposition is trying to blame its electoral defeat on the power cuts during vote counting. Many have shared similar sentiments online and urge the opposition to accept last weekend`s election results.

MOZILLA’S CEO CHOICE STIRS UP RESISTANCE FROM WEB USERS

Since Monday, web users accessing online dating site OkCupid via the Firefox browser have been met with this message : “We would prefer our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid”. It is in response to the appointment of Brendan Eich to CEO of Mozilla on March 24th, and his opposition to gay marriage in California in 2008.

The call to boycott has been widely shared on Twitter under the https://twitter.com/dwarsement/status/450770549048766464 " target="_blank">#FirefoxBoycott hashtag, where web users say they have uninstalled Firefox and replaced it with different software. They are saying they refuse to use a browser from a company where the boss is an opponent for equal rights for gay couples.

The issue has raised lively debate within the firm. Several Mozilla employees have in fact taken to Twitter to protest Brendan Eich`s appointment to CEO, even calling for his resignation, saying his opinions go against the company`s values.

The man himself has responded to the controversy via his blog, saying he will strive for equality in the workplace. The new CEO also promises to continue the implementation of anti-discrimination measures within Mozilla.

The company wants to makes its position very clear, and released a statement on Saturday, reaffirming this policy, saying Mozilla supports LGBT rights and equality, including same sex marriage. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Web users have been posting under the #FreeOscarLopez hashtag urging the US to release Oscar Lopez Rivera, a 70 year old Puerto Rican independence activist detained by the American authorities for the past 32 years for his alleged involvement in a series of crimes and attacks in the 1970s, although many say there is no valid evidence connected him to them. His supporters are asking President Barack Obama to grant him clemency. Oscar Lopez Rivera is seen my many as a political prisoner.
 

STATS OF THE DAY

This infographic available on the “Daily Infographic” website says the good news about cancer is that it is preventable in most cases. We learn for example that just 2 – 5 % of cancers can be passed on through genetics, and 9 out of 10 cancers are linked to environmental and lifestyle factors. The document puts forward some simple ways of reducing the risks of developing cancer; eat healthily, don`t smoke, avoid too much sun exposure and do 30 minutes physical exercise per day.

"GOOGLE NAPS" MAPS OUT WORLD’S PUBLIC NAPPING SPOTS

A Dutch creative agency has invented “Google Naps”; it`s a playful parody of the famous Google Maps program and is designed to help you find the best napping locations in the world, including benches, shaded parks and other such suitable snoozing spots... it`s a collaborative map and already includes a host of suggestions across Europe and the United States.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Passengers flying from Brisbane to Sydney were in for a treat when members of The Lion King's Australian cast travelling on the same flight broke out into song: a fantastic flash mob and wonderful surprise which you can check out in its entirety on the Disney on Broadway YouTube channel.

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