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Mar 17, 2020. 15 comments

Boris Johnson Jokes With CEOs That Ventilator Crisis Should Be Called 'Operation Last Gasp': Report

Boris Johnson Jokes With CEOs That Ventilator Crisis Should Be Called 'Operation Last Gasp': Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for mismanaging his country’s response to the covid-19 crisis in the United Kingdom, almost as poorly as President Donald Trump across the Atlantic. But Johnson’s latest comments, made on a conference call with British CEOs, might be the worst thing he’s said yet about the pandemic. Johnson reportedly suggested calling the UK’s desperate...

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Mar 16, 2020. 7 comments

France Hits Apple With a Record-Setting $1.2 Billion Fine

France Hits Apple With a Record-Setting $1.2 Billion Fine

France’s antitrust watchdog is not an Apple fan. Today, it fined the Cupertino giant 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), along with two wholesale partners, for violations regarding its efforts to restrict the wholesale market and abusing the economic dependence of resellers.

In a statement announcing the fine, the Autorité de la Concurrence said that Apple and its wholesale partners, Ingram...

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Feb 07, 2020. 17 comments

France Smacks Apple With $27 Million Fine for Slowing Down iPhones

France Smacks Apple With $27 Million Fine for Slowing Down iPhones

Back in 2017, Apple admitted to throttling older iPhones with new software updates. It sparked the ire of iPhone users everywhere and a number of lawsuits , leading Apple to offer discounted battery replacements . Today, the DGCCRF, France’s consumer watchdog group, has slapped Apple with a €25 million ($27.4 million) fine for failing to inform consumers that updating their software would...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Nov 02, 2019. 8 comments

French Students Will Now Have to Learn About Bitcoin

French Students Will Now Have to Learn About Bitcoin

High school students in France may be among the first people in the world to actually understand how cryptocurrency works.

The Next Web reports that the French education ministry, Le Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, will integrate cryptocurrency into its curriculum and teach students the influence that bitcoin has on the economy. An outline of the curriculum notes that under this new...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 26, 2019. 22 comments

President Trump Denies Report That He Wants to Nuke Hurricanes

President Trump Denies Report That He Wants to Nuke Hurricanes

President Donald Trump is denying a report from Axios that claimed he wants to nuke hurricanes in order to neutralize them. Trump has called out Axios by name and insists that he “never said this,” according to a tweet sent earlier today from the G7 summit in France.

Axios published an article last night about a meeting President Trump had with officials at the Department of Homeland Security...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 29, 2019. 5 comments

France Announces Plan to Launch Satellites With Defensive Lasers, Possibly Submachine Guns

France Announces Plan to Launch Satellites With Defensive Lasers, Possibly Submachine Guns

An inventor buzzing around on a flyboard clutching a rifle and subsequently borking an attempt to cross the English Channel isn’t the only mildly science fiction-y development concerning the French military lately. In the past week, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said that the country would launch miniature surveillance satellites brimming with defensive weaponry in the next few...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019. 20 comments

French Inventor Totes Rifle While Flying Turbine-Powered Flyboard at Bastille Day Celebrations

French Inventor Totes Rifle While Flying Turbine-Powered Flyboard at Bastille Day Celebrations

European leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron were treated to a demonstration of the Flyboard Air, a sort of gas turbine-powered jetpack/hoverboard/flying platform originally invented by jetski champ Franky Zapata, during Bastille Day festivities in Paris on Sunday.

Zapata carried what certainly appeared to be an unloaded rifle (or a replica of such) as he flew over French...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jun 29, 2019. 16 comments

France Just Obliterated Its All-Time Heat Record

France Just Obliterated Its All-Time Heat Record

France has never been hotter. The intense dome of high pressure sitting over Europe has shattered heat records across the continent. At least five countries set June heat records on Thursday and on Friday, France smashed its all-time temperature record at at least a dozen weather stations.

Heat has built across Western Europe all week as high pressure locks in place sunny skies and still, hot...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jun 26, 2019. 2 comments

Facebook Agrees to Hand Over Hate Speech Data to French Courts

Facebook Agrees to Hand Over Hate Speech Data to French Courts

France just scored what it’s characterizing as a major victory in the battle to curb online hate speech—one that potentially carries significant implications for privacy and free speech online.

After several meetings between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and French President Emmanuel Macron, the social media giant has agreed to give French courts identification data of users suspected of hate...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jun 25, 2019. 11 comments

A Potentially Record Setting Heat Wave Is About to Scorch Europe

A Potentially Record Setting Heat Wave Is About to Scorch Europe

Last year’s climate change-fueled European heat wave shrunk mountains and and revealed ancient history . So it’s with great trepidation that Europe is bracing for another scorching heat wave to descend this week.

Monthly records could fall in many locations, with the most intense heat centered on France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Belgium according to national weather agencies. Many of...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak May 16, 2019. 22 comments

White House Refuses to Support 'Christchurch Call' That Condemns Extremism Online, Releases Absolutely Bonkers Statement

White House Refuses to Support 'Christchurch Call' That Condemns Extremism Online, Releases Absolutely Bonkers Statement

The White House has declined to endorse a non-binding response condemning the spread of hate speech and terrorist radicalization on social media. The response, dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” was written in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand and livestreamed on Facebook. The White House’s reasoning for not endorsing the statement is bonkers,...

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Melanie Ehrenkranz Melanie Ehrenkranz May 07, 2019. 11 comments

Telecom Giant Orange on Trial in France After 19 Employees Died by Suicide

Telecom Giant Orange on Trial in France After 19 Employees Died by Suicide

Orange, a French telecom giant, is being sued for moral harassment, among other charges, after 19 employees died by suicide and another 12 attempted to kill themselves over a three-year span. Over 100 people have claimed work culture at the company, contributed to employees’ mental health issues.

The trial, which started on Monday, is being characterized as the largest case of its...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Apr 16, 2019. 7 comments

There's Microplastic Blowing in the Wind, Study Suggests

There's Microplastic Blowing in the Wind, Study Suggests

Some peaks throughout the Pyrénées Mountains of France stand more than 10,000 feet tall. Across the mountains’ ridges and valleys, adventurous visitors may spot a brown bear or a yellow lily, one of the wildflowers of the Pyrénées. But this mountain range is home to something else too, something not always visible to the human eye. And that’s plastic.

A study out Monday in Nature Geoscience...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Apr 04, 2019. 16 comments

France Is Getting a New, Algorithmically Designed Keyboard Layout

France Is Getting a New, Algorithmically Designed Keyboard Layout

French and English share the same 26-character alphabet, but additional accents, symbols, and punctuation make it challenging for Francophones to use keyboard layouts designed for English speakers. The solution so far has just been to learn to adapt, but researchers led by Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, developed an algorithm that helped create the first French-optimized keyboard...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Apr 04, 2019. 7 comments

Twitter Uses France's Own Fake News Law to Block French Voter Registration Campaign

Twitter Uses France's Own Fake News Law to Block French Voter Registration Campaign

France’s attempt to curb fake news backfired on Tuesday when Twitter rejected the French government’s attempt to run its own social media advertising campaign. Oops.

The government’s #OuiJeVote, or ‘Yes, I Vote’ campaign was meant to urge voters to register for the upcoming European Parliament elections in a timely manner. To help with that, France’s government information services (GIS) had...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Feb 07, 2019. 4 comments

Watch the U.S. Test Another Unarmed Nuclear Missile During a Busy Week of Tests Worldwide

Watch the U.S. Test Another Unarmed Nuclear Missile During a Busy Week of Tests Worldwide
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFAn unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on February 5, 2019GIF: 30th Space Wing Public Affairs

The U.S. launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base on February 5 in what’s shaping up to be...

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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jan 22, 2019. 10 comments

Google Fined $57 Million for Burying Privacy Terms Where Users Won't Find Them

Google Fined $57 Million for Burying Privacy Terms Where Users Won't Find Them

Google has been fined $56.8 million by privacy regulators in France, marking the country’s first use of the tough new privacy rules enacted in Europe last year. Specifically, the company is accused of violating provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by using, without proper consent, the private data of users to craft personalized ads; and by burying key privacy...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 13, 2019. 9 comments

World War I-Era German Submarine Resurfaces From the Sand Near French Coast

World War I-Era German Submarine Resurfaces From the Sand Near French Coast

The remains of SM UC-61, a World War I German minelaying submarine (also known as a U-boat) is resurfacing on the coast of Wissant near Calais over a century after it was abandoned and scuttled by its 26-sailor crew in 1917 before they surrendered to the French, the BBC reported on Saturday.

According to the BBC, the ship was largely buried in sand by the 1930s, though it tends to make an...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Dec 28, 2018. 9 comments

Nearly 2 Million People Sign Petition to Sue France Over Climate Inaction

Nearly 2 Million People Sign Petition to Sue France Over Climate Inaction

If France isn’t willing to take action on climate change on its own, well, the courts are always an option to force the government’s hand.

More than 1.8 million people worldwide have signed a petition from environmental groups to sue the French government for failing to take sufficient action on the matter. These groups, which include Greenpeace France and Oxfam France, are calling it the case...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Dec 05, 2018. 22 comments

France's Gas Tax Disaster Shows We Can't Save Earth by Screwing Over Poor People

France's Gas Tax Disaster Shows We Can't Save Earth by Screwing Over Poor People

France has turned into a bubbling cauldron of unrest over the past month as the so-called yellow vest movement has put up roadblocks and taken to the streets to protest a gas tax. Last week’s protests turned violent and facing a crisis, the government of Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday it would put a six-month moratorium on the tax.

The tax was meant to combat climate change and reduce...

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