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Latest update : 2014-04-15

Another Google Glass wearer attacked in San Francisco

In this edition: another Google Glass wearer attacked in San Francisco; Moroccan web users campaign against the “Tcharmil” phenomenon; and a dad films his daughter every week from birth to her 14th birthday.

ANOTHER GOOGLE GLASS WEARER ATTACKED IN SAN FRANCISCO

“Just had Glass torn off my face and smashed on the ground”… 20 year old journalist Kyle Russell tweeted this message on Friday shortly after being assaulted on the streets of San Francisco and he has since shared a more detailed account online.

The encounter has indeed shaken Kyle Russell, who has posted a series of messages to social networks describing his shock and disbelief. As he told the Business Insider website there was no apparent reason for the attack other than the fact he was wearing Google Glass.

It brings to mind the story of Sarah Slocum who was attacked in San Francisco at the end of February, a story that received a lot of media coverage at the time. She was the victim of a violent altercation in one of the city`s bars, where several customers set upon her because she had the web giant`s wearable computing device.

As the Mashable website reports, this type of incident illustrates the growing tensions between long-established residents of San Francisco and employees from the web companies now based there. High tech workers are accused of pricing ordinary citizens out of the housing market and creating a two tiered society in the Californian city.
 

MOROCCO: CAMPAIGN AGAINST "TCHARMIL" PHENOMENON

Young people posing with cold weapons or showing off their loot from hold-ups, robberies, and attacks; money, watches, designer shoes… this is the type of photo you`ll see on the growing number of so called “Tcharmil” Facebook pages emerging from Morocco. A very popular trend right now in Casablanca, “Tcharmil” is generating an increasing sense of insecurity among locals.

It has become something of an online phenomenon, so much so that King Mohammed VI, instructed the police to take action. News site 360 reports that police in Casablanca have arrested hundreds of people over the past few weeks, charging them with assault or for carrying knives and other such weapons.

Instigators of the anti-Tcharmil citizen movement have praised the authorities` action and their Facebook group set up on March 25, now has some 20,000 members, campaigning against the Tcharmil phenomenon, intent on making the city streets safe once more.

The 5,000 or so signatories of this online petition are pursuing the same objective. Not only are they are asking the Interior Ministry to focus on the issue of insecurity in Casablanca, they are also calling on the Health Ministry to ensure public hospitals have adequate equipment and staff to deal with this upsurge in violence.
 

TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

It`s official Robert Downey Junior, recently on our movie screens as Iron Man, has joined Twitter! And his debut has not gone unnoticed, the American actor already has over 1.1 million followers on the social network, even though he has only tweeted a handful of messages. Posts in which he encourages fans to interact with him on the microblogging site, although he does confess he finds the 140 character limit quite a struggle…
 

HOAX OF THE DAY

This video of bison allegedly galloping out of and away from America`s Yellowstone National Park to escape a natural disaster has gone viral. Some entertained ideas that they were fleeing an impending eruption from a dormant volcano in the park… but park officials have since confirmed the video is a hoax and have in turn produced a video clip to establish the truth, explaining the animals were running into the park, for no particular reason, and there is no therefore no cause for concern.
 

ROCK STARS… IF THEY WERE STILL ALIVE

What would famous singers and musicians look like if they were still alive? Sachs media and photo professionals Phoejoe have teamed up to answer this very question. They have released a collection of astonishing pictures, featuring the likes of Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley and Elvis Presley, available to view on sachsmedia.com.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dutch dad Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter every week, from birth up until she turned 14 to produce this time lapse video, 0 to 14 years in 4 minutes, currently doing the rounds online. You can check it out in its entirety on YouTube…

By Electron Libre

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