An art historian explains the tough decisions in rebuilding Notre Dame

An art historian explains the tough decisions in rebuilding Notre Dame

What remains after the fire, and what France must consider as it rebuilds the cathedral. French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Tuesday that Notre Dame Cathedral, which suffered extensive damage in a massive fire Monday, will be rebuilt in five years and will be “even more beautiful than it was.” Officials and specialists are still assessing the damage inflicted on the Paris landmark by the fire — and by the soot and smoke it produced…

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Facebook’s data-sharing practices are called into question, again

Facebook’s data-sharing practices are called into question, again

An NBC News report reveals the company shared user data with “friends” while withholding it from competitors. Facebook was hit with yet another damning story about its treatment of user data on Tuesday. And it’s one that could have potential regulatory implications. According to a report from NBC News’s Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar, Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg had considered selling user data to app developers, even as it publicly highlighted its efforts…

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Verizon will now charge more money for in-store activations of new phones

Verizon will now charge more money for in-store activations of new phones

Verizon is altering its activation fee structure to incentivize customers to buy new phones online, according to CNET. Prior to this week, the standard activation fee, both for an in-store activation and when purchasing a new phone online, was $30. Now, Verizon says you can save $10 by buying a new phone online, paying only $20 to activate it, while doing so via a Verizon brick-and-mortar retail store will now cost you $40. The changes…

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Israel is deporting a human rights activist over his BDS support

Israel is deporting a human rights activist over his BDS support

Human Rights Watch director Omar Shakir is being deported by Israeli court over Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activism. An Israeli court has ordered the expulsion of the Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch, a US-based NGO that advocates for human rights, citing “his actions publicly to advance a boycott against Israel.” Omar Shakir, a US citizen, has been given two weeks to leave the country, the AP reports. Shakir’s case is merely…

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82-year-old Glenda Jackson’s King Lear is towering. But she can’t rescue a bungled show.

82-year-old Glenda Jackson’s King Lear is towering. But she can’t rescue a bungled show.

The new Broadway production gambles on a turbulent Trump allegory. It doesn’t always work. Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has drawn comparisons to Shakespeare’s famous madman, King Lear. Critics have cited Trump’s tendencies to demand ludicrous amounts of loyalty, to rashly kick people out of his service, and to ramble nonsensically in ways that make him seem a bit like a man in denial of — or perhaps coming all too rapidly to terms with…

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Netflix will start testing a top 10 list of its most popular content

Netflix will start testing a top 10 list of its most popular content

Netflix plans to begin testing a top 10 list for streaming customers in the UK. It will allow them to see which shows and movies are currently the most popular across the service. The top 10 will be updated weekly, and each genre / category will get its own list. “For those who want to watch what others are watching, this may make choosing titles even easier,” CEO Reed Hastings wrote in this quarter’s letter…

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Electric sedans are winning the Shanghai Auto Show

Electric sedans are winning the Shanghai Auto Show

Sedan sales may be collapsing in the United States, but some of China’s highest-profile automakers have announced all-electric cars — not SUVs — at this week’s Shanghai Auto Show. At least three were unveiled on Tuesday alone, including two by EV startups NIO and XPeng, and one by Geely, which owns Volvo. Add to that Aston Martin’s first all-electric car, the Rapide E, and the return of Lotus as an all-electric hypercar maker (both of…

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GameStop will let you trade in a game for full credit if returned within 48 hours

GameStop will let you trade in a game for full credit if returned within 48 hours

GameStop is launching a new promotion that will allow customers to return a game for full store credit within 48 hours of purchase. The program, as circulated today by Cheap Ass Gamer and verified by The Verge, is called “Guarantee to Love It,” and will launch next week with the debut of Days Gone. The promotion window will apply only in the first week of a game’s arrival, and GameStop will specify during various times…

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