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Via: Al Jazeera
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Social media accounts belonging the United States Central Command were hacked on Monday by a group claiming to be ISIS sympathizers.

The attack comes at the same time that President Obama is promoting his plans to bolster cybersecurity.

The hackers posted a number of eerie warnings on the Twitter account @CENTCOM, which has since been suspended. They changed the profile images to those in the photo above with the words "CyberCaliphate" and "I love you ISIS."

"AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS," they wrote. They also posted spreadsheets with contact info for retired U.S. army generals and maps of North Korea and China. Nothing posted was classified, however, and it is all available publicly online.

Their YouTube account was compromised as well with two new videos added called "Flames of War ISIS Video" and "O Soldiers of Truth Go Forth," according to Reuters.

"We can confirm that the U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today. We are taking appropriate measures to address the matter," Centcom said in a statement.

Another tweet linked to the following message on Pastbin:

"While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you," they wrote. "You'll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah's permission we are in CENTCOM now. We won't stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children. U.S. soldiers! We're watching you!"

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Best Buy has apologized for a Tweet the company sent out Thursday in an attempt to ride the wave of popular "Serial" podcast.

In case you haven't listened to it yet – which you should – the show from the creators of "This American Life" is a week-by-week investigation into the details surrounding a murder that took place in Baltimore in 1999.

Warning: some minor "spoilers" ahead.

Adnan Syed is in prison, charged with his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee's murder, and part of the case involves him using a payphone at a Best Buy parking lot.

The problem host Sarah Koening discovers is that there never was a pay phone at Best Buy.

"We have everything you need. Unless you need a payphone. #Serial" the store posted.

The crime is said to have taken place in the parking lot as well, so it's in a bit of poor taste on Best Buy's part to make light of the situation for corporate promotion.

"Serial's" account retweeted it – among may others – before it was quickly deleted.

They eventually said they were sorry.

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While many were speaking up and protesting in the streets over the Eric Garner decision, two pop stars were taking out their anger on each other in a series of aggressive tweets.

In case you didn't follow the curse-laden, semi-coherent stream of consciousness on Twitter Wednesday, Azealia Banks was mad that Iggy Azalea wasn't speaking up in support of the black community over the recent grand jury decisions in the killing of two black men by white cops.

Banks thinks Azalea, whom she refers to as a "wannabe black girl," owed this to her black fans which helped get her where she is today.

"If you're down to ride with us," she wrote. "you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY."

She also segued into calling gay men misogynistic and throwing out gay slurs - for some reason - in the middle of her rant.

Eventually Iggy Azalea responded calling Banks a troll, and scolding her followers for "finding any reason to promote shade, trolling, fan fights and memes."

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Via: US Weekly
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Bette Midler doesn't understand why all the new young pop stars are showing so much skin these days.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, she took a swipe at Ariana Grande about using sex to sell albums.

"It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it," she said.

For context, here is Ariana Grande "slithering" around on stage at the AMAs this past weekend, in case you missed it:

"And now it's whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they're having sex. They really like to slap each other's butts," Midler also said in the interview.

She's got that right. 2014 certainly was a year filled with butts - we're looking at you Nicki, Kim, Jlo and Iggy.

Ariana responded via Twitter, passive aggressively calling Midler a "sexy mermaid" and wondering where the old Bette went.

Midler finally signaled a truce, with her latest tweet.

And all was well in the world again, except not.

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Talk about a "Series of Unfortunate Events."

Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket children's books, decided to try out some extremely racist jokes while hosting the 2014 National Book Awards this week. (You can watch the cringeworthy video here.)

He made the controversial remarks after Jacqueline Woodson, who is black, won an award for her book "Brown Girl Dreaming."

"I told you! I told Jacqueline she was going to win," he said. "And I said that if she won, I'd would tell all of you something I learned about her this summer, which is that Jacqueline Woodson is allergic to watermelon. Just let that sink into your mind."

And then he made things even more uncomfortable.

"I said, 'You have to put that into a book.' And she said, 'You put it into a book.' And I said, 'I'm only writing a book about a black girl who is allergic to watermelon if I get a blurb from you, Cornel West, Toni Morrison and Barack Obama saying, 'This guy's OK. This guy is fine.'"

He has apologized twice on Twitter since the debacle. And in the latest apology, he is trying to make up for his faux pas by putting some money towards a charity called We Need Diverse Books, "a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating and supporting non-majority narratives."

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Michelle Obama has spent a great deal of her time as First Lady promoting healthy eating. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was signed into law in 2010, allocated funding to provide more nutritious foods in schools and established new USDA guidelines.

And to thank her for her efforts, the kids are complaining.

Students across the country are posting pictures of the very unappetizing school lunches on Twitter with the hashtag "#ThanksMichelleObama." The trend seems to have re-emerged, as kids were doing this back in April of this year as well.

Healthy as they may be - some of the pictures posted on Twitter are pretty horrid looking.

It also seems to have morphed into a bit of a meme with everyone jumping in to share their "lunch."

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