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The Grim and Growing Business of Kidnappings in the Middle East

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The execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants, gruesomely displayed in a video that surfaced this week, was a palpable reminder of the shadowy business of kidnappings in the Middle East.

For years, extremist groups like the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Foley’s murder, have plied this grisly trade. In the process, they have earned millions of dollars in ransoms, further fueling the radicals’ rise.

Social Media Marketing: Another Thing to Love About Responsive Website Design

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As a good chunk of the internet is finally starting to switch to responsive websites, let’s put another nail in the unresponsive website design coffin. For social media, consistency between mobile devices and desktops is imperative.

Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest can send a good measure of traffic to websites, particularly if appropriate campaigns are being run on them. Creating landing pages that are “social-appropriate” can be a challenge when there are two variations of a…

The Two Categories of Social Media Marketing Strategies

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When it comes to marketing (and just about everything else), there are right-brained thinkers and left-brained thinkers. The right-brain thinkers are more subjective and often more creative and would not like the concept of social media having two options. It makes it too black and white. Left-brain thinkers are guided by logic and wouldn’t necessarily believe that there are only two categories in social media marketing. In other words, neither type of person will likely agree with the…

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Transparency in Contact Forms Desperately Needed on Websites

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Just about anyone who has been on the internet in the past couple of decades has fallen victim to the unfortunate fraud of contact form ambiguity. You fill out a form in order to get some information or to be contacted by someone, only to receive the wrong information or to be contacted by the wrong (or even multiple) people. It has gotten to the point that contact forms in general often leave a negative taste in web surfers’ mouths.

Moreover, they rarely have the right information even in…

GM Issues 60th Recall, Bringing Year’s Total to 29.7 Million

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DETROIT — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.

The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power…

Man Kicked Off Flight After Tweeting About ‘Rude’ Gate Agent

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Complaining about a flight on Twitter has become common practice for frequent travelers, but for one Minneapolis man a tweet did more than get a response from the airline on social media.

He was asked to leave the plane — before eventually being allowed to re-board.

Duff Watson had priority status to board Southwest Airlines flight 2347 from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday. At the gate, his two children were not…

The Netherlands Mourns as Bodies of Malaysia Airlines Victims Are Returned

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Strangers fondled their luggage, read their diaries, and pored over their effects spread out in the burned field of the crash site: Teddy bears, magazines, I love Amsterdam T-shirts. According to some reports, credit cards, cell phone and even a wedding ring were looted. And for days, the bodies just lay there — some only partially clothed.

Today, the first victims were returned to the Netherlands and finally honored, almost a week after they were killed as…

‘My Saddest Photo Yet’: Astronaut Sees Israel and Gaza Rocket Fire From Space

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The rapid-fire rocket exchange between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday evening was so bright it could be seen from space.

German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted two images on Wednesday that he took from more than 200 miles above the Earth as the International Space Station was flying over Israel and Gaza

The rocket fire and explosions crisscrossing between the two areas appear to be visible in the photos. (Mashable reached out to NASA for further clarification on where the explosions are…

It’s Wednesday, So Here’s a Deer Licking a Camera

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Talk about a camera ham.

A deer in upstate New York pranced up to a man’s front porch and casually licked his camera. Good thing this deer has a photogenic nose.

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