One of east Africa’s most important stories has been hidden from the headlines recently: Kenya and Ethiopia’s push into lawless Somalia to wipe out al-Shabaab, the motley gang of pirates, thugs, and al-Qaeda-linked militants that has ruled swathes of Somalia for years. After a rough start, Kenyan and Ethiopian forces have booted al-Shabaab out of several strongholds. But this weekend, al-Shabaab struck back: two grenades exploded in a restaurant near the Kenyan port city of Mombasa and at a roadside prayer meeting on Sunday.2. The first episodes of new Marvel/Disney XD shows Avengers (season 2) and Ultimate Spider-Man are free downloads at iTunes.
3. Grantland looks at ghostwriting in rap songs (good new song by Dr. Dre, too).
4. The current offer at Google Offers is a $10 Starbucks card for $5.