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Internet Trolls Soccer Star Frank Lampard’s #AskLamps Twitter Q&A

Welcome to the world of ill-conceived hashtags, Frank Lampard. The former English national team midfielder and the all-time leading goal scorer for renowned English soccer club Chelsea took to Twitter on Monday to participate in a Q&A, after he recently signed with Major League Soccer’s New York City FC on Thursday. See also: Fans Storm Pitch to Nab Selfie With Soccer Star Mario Balotelli Frank Lampard is taking over @NYCFC right now for a quick Twitter Q&A. Ask anything you want with #AskLamps. Gopic.twitter.com/oRg82Gdnfc — New York City FC (@NYCFC) July 28, 2014 After playing with some of the best soccer players in the world for more than 10 years, Lampard, 36, decided to make the move to the MLS, and signed a two-year contract with the New York club. David Beckham and other icons of the sport — including France’s Thierry Henry, Brazil’s Kaka and Spain’s David Villa — have made similar moves to other MLS teams. Read more…More about Twitter, Soccer, England, Entertainment, and Sports

Ebola Kills Top Doctor in Liberia, Official Says

MONROVIA, Liberia — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, highlighting the risks that health workers face in trying to combat the deadly disease. Dr. Samuel Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die in an outbreak the World Health Organization said has killed 129 people in the West African nation. A Ugandan doctor working in the country died earlier this month. See also: 6 Questions About Ebola, Answered The WHO said the outbreak, the largest ever recorded, has also killed 319 people in Guinea and 224 in Sierra Leone. Brisbane, who once served as a medical adviser to former Liberian President Charles Taylor, was working as a consultant with the internal medicine unit at the country’s largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia. Read more…

Obama Will Attend UN Climate Summit in New York

President Obama will attend the high-level climate change “summit” that the United Nations plans to hold in New York on September 23, the White House said on Friday. The summit falls during the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting as well as the yearly Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York, which both attract world leaders. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will lead the summit, which aims to build momentum toward a new global climate treaty when negotiators meet a year later in Paris. The U.N. has also invited other leaders, including mayors of cities worldwide and business interests, to attend the meeting and make new commitments to addressing global warming Read more…More about Obama, Global Warming, Un, Us World, and Politics

Kurdish Freedom Comes at a Heavy Price

Syria has found itself torn apart by a civil war that doesn’t have an end in sight. The warring factions of Syria’s civil war and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have peppered the country with constant violence transforming beautiful cities into rubble and leaving countless dead. Photographer Cengiz Yar Jr has been capturing much of the chaos but was taken aback when he went to the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. See also: Current ISIS Conflict in Iraq and Syria Has WWI Roots The Kurds have created their own government and armed forces (known as the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit, or YPG) with the purpose of maintaining Kurdish freedom. They remain a neutral party within the Syrian civil war which means they have been spared a large portion of destruction that is present throughout the rest of the country. But they are still fighting hard won battles as ISIS attacks their borders on a regular basis and they have a dwindling economy due to their supply chains falling apart. Read more…More about Photos, Syria, Isis, Us World, and World

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ Delayed; ‘Sinister Six’ Gets 2016 Release Date

Sony is doing precious little at Comic-Con this year — with no Spider-Man film in production, the Columbia Pictures panel isn’t even in Hall H — but they’ll be back soon enough. Just not as soon as we thought, and with different titles to promote. The studio on Wednesday announced that Sinister Six, its supervillain team-up from the Spider-Man “universe,” will be released November 11, 2016. It also said The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which had been set for June 10, 2016, is now coming sometime in 2018. SEE ALSO: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here’s What You’ll See This Year That prime June date now falls to Uncharted, based on the Playstation game featuring Nathan Drake — a project that’s been in development for a good long while now and finally gets a deadline and a fast-track. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is already set to direct his first big-budget action project. Read more…More about Movies, Comic Con, Entertainment, Film, and The Amazing Spider Man

Apple Ad Promotes the Macbook Air as ‘The Notebook People Love’

Apple sticks to a straightforward product message with its latest ad, “Stickers.” The 30-second spot features a montage of Macbook Airs customized with stickers ranging from Walter White to a kitty to Snow White to Homer Simpson. The visuals are complemented by some cool synth music from Hudson Mohawke See also: Apple Is Pulling Away From the Agency That Created Its Most Iconic Ads Apple has also included a gallery of the stickers on a dedicated website. The ad broke Monday night, about 24 hours before the company is expected to report its third quarter fiscal year 2014 earnings. Apple is reportedly planning to refresh its Macbook and Macbook Air lines this fall. This ad may be designed to stimulate demand for back-to-school and to clear out inventory to make way for the new models. Read more…More about Advertising, Apple, Macbook Air, and Business

Smart Feeder With ‘Cat Facial-Recognition’ Tech Lets You Track Kitty’s Appetite

Cat owners who worry about their furry friend’s eating habits can breathe a sigh of relief. A startup based in San Mateo, California, has created Bistro, a smart feeder that can track Kitty’s appetite and weight change using “cat facial-recognition technology.” Bistro has a built-in camera that monitors a cat as it eat and drinks, transmitting a live video feed, which owners can view on their smartphone using the Bistro app. The device also measures and charts the amount of food and water a cat is consuming, so owners can easily notice strange behavior See also: 17 Purr-Worthy Photos From Inside the New York Cat Cafe Read more…More about Apps, Cats, Face Recognition, Tech, and Apps Software

NYC Mayor Promises Investigation Into Man Who Died From Apparent Police Chokehold

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised an investigation into the death of Eric Garner after Garner was placed in an apparent chokehold by New York police officers. A cellphone video that captured the incident on Thursday shows Garner, 43, being approached and questioned by two officers in Staten Island, New York. After several minutes of discussion, Garner claims the officers are harassing him and says, “I’m minding my business, officer … please just leave me alone.” Soon after, one of the officers, in an attempt to arrest Garner, appear to put him in a chokehold. In the video, the unnamed bystander filming the incident says off-camera that Garner had just broken up a fight. Read more…More about New York City, Nypd, Us World, Politics, and Us

ISIL Threatens Popular Comic Book Creator

For the radical Islamist terrorist group known as the Islamic State, social media is for propaganda, spreading fear, threatening the U.Swith hashtags — and now, calling for the death of a popular comic book author Accounts associated with the Islamic State (also known as ISIL or ISIS) issued a call to kill author Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the popular Islam-inspired comic book series The 99, in early July. The series of tweets was first reported by the Kuwait Times See also: U.S. Intelligence Officials Want ISIL Fighters to Keep Tweeting “Whoever finds him, kill him, and he will be rewarded,” read one of the Tweets, according to the report. “There is no good in us if he remains alive for over three days,” read another Read more…More about Terrorism, Iraq, Comic Books, Isis, and Us World

Samsung Finally Shows the Outcome of Bizarre ‘Galaxy 11’ Soccer Ad

Better late than never? Samsung released the sequel to its bizarre Galaxy 11 ad Tuesday, two days after the World Cup finals ended The six-minute video picks up where the first left off: in the middle of a soccer game between Earth and an alien race called Hurakan to determine who gains control over the planet. Human players include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The team uses Samsung Galaxy technology to face off against the horned creatures, who have a penchant for flips and fancy kicks See also: Soccer Stars Unite to Save Earth in Apocalyptic Samsung Ad “We are thrilled with the remarkable levels of fan support we’ve seen over the past 10 months, and it was a truly exciting journey for Samsung to engage so closely with fans around the world. We hope to continue inspiring their passion for sports both on and off the field,” Younghee Lee, Samsung’s executive vice president of global marketing, IT & mobile communications, said in a statement. Read more…More about Soccer, Samsung Galaxy, Aliens, Advertising, and Youtube