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  1. Kenneth Cole Trolls Twitter, and My Kenneth Cole Laptop Bag Sucks

    More like Kenneth Trole, amiright?

    Exemplifying classic Troll behavior, Kenneth Cole has tweeted a grossly insensitive thing on Twitter to try to profit from the conflict in Syria. Gross! Even though this is transparent trolling, it's still gross. That's how gross it is. This isn't how you sell things, jerk.

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  2. John McCain Caught Playing Poker on His Phone During Syria Hearing, Doesn’t Care He Got Caught

    At least we don't have to listen to story of the hand he went out on.

    A Washington Post photographer spotted Senator John McCain (R-AZ) playing poker on his iPhone during Tuesday's hearings on the situation in Syria, and he seems totally unremorseful about it saying the worst thing is that he lost the game.

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  3. Syrian Electronic Army Claims Control of Twitter’s Domain

    At least they ended it with a smiley face.

    The Syrian Electronic Army announced in a tweet (appropriately) that they own Twitter.com, and included picture of what appears to be a report from Domaintools.com that lists SEA as the owners of the site. Though when we ran a Domaintools.com report, we got a different result.

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  4. Syrian President Now on Instagram, Because Sure, Why Not

    I need help reacting to something.

    What do you do when you're a leader who wants to communicate to the world that you're a hip, in-touch dictator? Get on Instagram, naturally. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is showing off his #yoloswag with photos of himself doing cool things like shaking hands, greeting crowds, visiting the sick, and most certainly not waging a bloody civil war.

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  5. After a 19.5 Hour Blackout, Syria’s on the Internet Once More

    At approximately 2:45 PM EDT yesterday May 7th, Syria lost its connection to the global Internet. After 19.5 hours offline, Syria came back online this morning at 10:13 AM EDT. Details are still lacking, but the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency has reported that the outage was caused by an "optic cable malfunction."

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  6. Syria Enters Second Day of Internet Blackout: Here’s What We Know

    The war-torn nation of Syria functionally disappeared from the Internet yesterday afternoon, just before 3 pm EDT. This morning, a few more details on the situation have surfaced, but not many. What we do know isn't heartening for the scenario in Syria. In addition to Internet access, landlines between provinces within Syria have been cut off, further hampering communication between Syrian citizens.

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  7. 404 Country Not Found: Looks Like Syria Just Disappeared From the Internet [Updated]

    There aren't a lot of details at the moment, but it appears that as of about 2:45 PM EDT today, Syria has gone offline. The chart above is from Google's Transparency Report and it shows the sudden drop off in Syria. Umbrella Security Labs data backs it up as well, although they can't say what the cause is at this time.

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  8. Assassin’s Creed Screenshot Mistaken for War-Torn Syria on Danish News

    Searching the web for the right image can be tricky. We at Geekosystem know this well. You can't just grab what you want willy-nilly without a little bit of fact checking. But if you're a TV news station, you should probably be extra careful. Danish channel TV2 made the mistake of displaying a screenshot from Assassin's Creed under the assumption they were a showing a current view of war-torn Syria.

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  9. You’re Doing It… Actually, Pretty Well? Syrian Rebels Build DIY Tank [Video]

    If there's one thing about warfare, it's that it offers absolutely no luxuries. Sometimes, when one's life is on the line, you have to buck up and make do with what you have when it comes to your survival. The Syrian rebels are no stranger to this concept and have relied on their ingenuity and basic programming skills to cobble together their own DIY tank. Built upon an old car chassis, the tank, dubbed the "Sham II" in honor of ancient Syria, boasts a camera system, internal LCD display and -- perhaps the most important feature -- a pivoting gun turret controlled by a video game controller. It may not get any points in the looks department, but let's face it -- if you have to make a decision between "crappy tank" and "no tank," you're going with "crappy tank" like, every time. Video after the jump.

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  10. Speak2Tweet Relaunched in Light of Syrian Internet Blackout

    Yesterday we reported that due to an ongoing civil war in Syria, the country's Internet access -- in addition to downed phone lines and suspended air travel -- had been cut off, leaving the public with virtually no access to the outside world. Theories are still being posited regarding this particular blackout and how it happened, but, in the interim, Google and Twitter are working together to offer Syrians a means of communication via the Speak2Tweet service. Thanks to the aforementioned downed phone services in the country, this gesture may prove difficult.

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