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Latest update : 2014-04-14

Controversy flares as Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board

In this edition: heated online debate as Condoleezza Rice joins the Dropbox board; an online campaign promoting agriculture in Africa; and a new “trick shot” video from the team at “Dude Perfect”…

CONTROVERSY FLARES AS CONDOLEEZZA RICE JOINS DROPBOX BOARD

Dropbox`s decision, made official on April 9th, to appoint Condoleezza Rice to the cloud storage service`s board of directors has sparked heated online debate, with many concerned about her political past. Critics say during her time in office, the former Secretary of State for the George W.Bush administration was involved with, amongst other things, setting up the warrantless telephone monitoring of US citizens.

This is the main grievance aired by creators of drop-dropbox.com launched shortly after her appointment. Web users want her out, saying the selection of Condoleezza Rice casts great doubt on Dropbox`s commitment to protecting clients business and personal data. They are urging the firm`s Chief Executive Drew Houston to ditch the former Secretary of State.

Many have taken to social networks with the same request, posting under the #dropdropbox hashtag, slamming the questionable move and calling on web users to boycott Dropbox as long as Condoleezza Rice remains on the board of directors.

The online opposition has prompted a reaction from Dropbox. In this online statement the company’s founder assures clients that Rice`s experience will benefit the company in its international expansion, and her appointment changes nothing as far as the company`s commitment to privacy protection is concerned, that customers can rest assured their data is properly protected and safe from surveillance.
 

ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA

A song promoting agriculture in Africa. 19 of Africa`s biggest music stars, including Ivorian artist Tiken Jah Fakoly and Algeria`s Rachid Taha, have teamed up and released this music video to YouTube. It was recorded as part of the “Do Agric” campaign launched by the NGO One, which works to end extreme poverty.

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness about the difficulties facing African farmers. And web users are urged to show their support by signing this online petition telling African leaders to invest in and support the continent`s agricultural sector.

As the campaign instigators have pointed out, two thirds of Africans depend on agriculture for their livelihood. But they are lacking in resources and hope the African heads of state will honour the commitment made in 2003 to spend 10 % of national budgets on agriculture investments.

A promise that could help lift over 85 million Africans out of poverty. This is what the NGO is forecasting in this infographic available on the campaign`s website. It shows us for example that by devoting 15 % of their national budget to agriculture, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia have created hundreds of thousands of jobs and significantly reduced their poverty levels.
 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Marutaro the hedgehog is proving very popular on Twitter with close to 50,000 followers. He poses with paper masks made by his Japanese owner and the photos are shared on social media where he has become something of a sensation. He also has a Vine account, recounting his daily adventures, a spot of bowling for example, or a walk in the countryside…
 

NIGHT WALK IN MARSEILLE

Google Maps has put together a guided night time tour of Marseille. So web users can head to the Cours Julien neighbourhood and become a virtual tourist with videos, panoramic photos and other features, providing all sorts of interesting information. The immersive experience, accessible via the Google Chrome browser only, is narrated by a local who takes visitors to meet graffiti artists and street musicians around the French city…
 

CELEBRITY FACES MORPHED TOGETHER

The “Croisons-les!” Tumblr blog belonging to French graphic designer Guillaume TC see celebrity faces morphed together. Resulting in a gallery of unlikely portraits where Vladimir Putin meets Angela Merkel, Barack Obama meets the Pope and Justin Bieber meets Franck Ribéry. These astonishing photomontages feature well known faces from politics, sports, movies and more and are available to view online.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

The guys from the “Dude Perfect” collective are back with a new trick shot video, showcasing their amazing skills. Watch them pull off one impressive trick shot after another in this video, available to view in its entirety on YouTube.

By Electron Libre

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