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Latest update : 2014-09-04

Web users react to the death of Steven Sotloff

In this edition: web users react to the death of Steven Sotloff; US multinational Burger King is accused of tax evasion; and a dog in a pretty impressive balancing act.

WEB USERS REACT TO THE DEATH OF STEVEN SOTLOFF

Emotions are running high on the web following the release of a new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purporting to show the beheading of freelance American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria in summer 2013. Web users across the globe have taken to social networks in their droves reacting to his tragic death and paying tribute to the 31 year old news professional.

The #RIPStevenSotloff Twitter hashtag has begun trending with posts hailing his bravery and his sense of duty, and voicing outrage and shock over the jihadist group`s cruelty and savagery. Scores of journalists have also shared messages of condolence for his loved ones. They also remind readers that reporting the news is not a crime, and voice their sorrow that their fellow journalist was abducted and murdered by terrorists when he was just trying to do his job.

And while many are expressing their sadness over the death of Steven Sotloff, some have also paid tribute to him by uploading photos of him at work before his abduction and the Islamic State`s cowardly execution. They say it is important to remember his smile, and urge other web users not to circulate the video of his beheading. There are indeed growing calls for a media blackout and a boycott of what has been described as the sickening and gruesome video, so as not to contribute to Islamic State online propaganda.

USA: BURGER KING CLIENTS CALL FOR BOYCOTT OVER TAX DODGE

American fast food chain Burger King has announced it will be moving its headquarters to Canada, following its merger with Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons. News that has riled web users in the US who say the multinational is doing this to dodge taxes.

The Burger King Facebook page is full of posts from people threatening to boycott the brand unless it pays its taxes in the US. This Twitter user is backing the boycott in a YouTube video, saying he won’t be buying anything from Burger King anymore, not even a sandwich …

Some tweets however say the move highlights the fact that Canada offers more advantages for entrepreneurs than the States does. They say businesses should be able to choose which tax system suits them best. In this post, which has been retweeted some 1 500 times, actor Rob Lowe criticises America’s high taxes.

As journalist Sarah Jones points out in an article for the site “Politicus USA”, the debate on tax evasion has been ongoing in the US for some time now. She reports that since 1983, 76 American firms have renounced their citizenship and gone overseas to avoid paying taxes. And as this infographic, which has been doing the rounds online illustrates, the past decade has seen a spike in these corporate inversions.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

13 professional photographers have joined forces for the Everydayusa Instagram account and have been travelling across the country documenting the everyday lives of Americans. The page features people and landscapes and testifies to the diversity of America. There are already 200 photos on display, along with several videos. The project is enjoying great success online with over 20 000 followers.

HOAX OF THE DAY

A text and email warning people not to use the London Underground, and that all metropolitan police officers had been called in to work to deal with a terrorism threat was widely circulated across the UK over the weekend, leading to widespread speculation on social media sites, prompting the British Transport Police to post its own tweet saying the situation was under control, that the message had been established as a hoax, and there was no cause for panic.

"COOLEST COOLER" BECOMES BIGGEST KICKSTARTER PROJECT

The “Coolest Cooler” has become the highest funded Kickstarter project ever, raising over 13 million dollars from over 60 000 web users. It’s a high tech cooler with a massive amount of features including a USB charger, a waterproof speaker and built-in LED lights. And all those who contributed over 165 dollars can expect to receive their own “Coolest Cooler” from February of next year.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Maymo is not your average dog; he can balance all manner of fruit and vegetables on his head with the greatest of ease. Web users can watch him in action in this video recently posted to Maymo`s YouTube channel by his very proud owners.

By Electron Libre

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