French special forces rescue hostages in a deadly Burkina Faso raid

French special forces rescue hostages in a deadly Burkina Faso raid

Two French citizens, a South Korean woman, and an American woman were rescued. French special forces freed four hostages in Burkina Faso late last week in a raid that left two of the elite soldiers dead. Cedric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello were killed in the nighttime raid to free two French citizens, Laurent Lassimouillas and Patrick Picque. During the operation, two additional hostages not identified by initial intelligence reports were discovered in the enemy…

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CBS will release a black-and-white version of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone

CBS will release a black-and-white version of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone

In April, CBS All Access launched Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone, the latest in a string of remakes of the franchise, and the latest anthology-style show to come from a streaming service. Now, CBS is releasing a new version of it, this time in black-and-white, which harkens back to the style of the original. The first couple of episodes of the new series cut really close to the original — so much so…

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Instagram appears to be testing stickers with song lyrics

Instagram appears to be testing stickers with song lyrics

It looks as though Instagram is testing a new feature for stickers in its Stories feature: music lyrics that play out along with a video. Jane Manchun Wong spotted the feature back in April, and demonstrated it in a short video on Twitter, showing lyrics from Rick Ashley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” alongside the music video. Instagram is working on Lyrics Stickers pic.twitter.com/DWF1xUZBPX — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 19, 2019 Instagram brought music…

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Rudy Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip amid criticism he’s courting election interference 

Rudy Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip amid criticism he’s courting election interference 

The president’s lawyer wants Ukrainian officials to investigate a call Joe Biden made about corruption. Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, has called off a trip to Ukraine during which he where he planned to ask the country’s prosecutors to investigate the origins of the Mueller investigation and to look into ties between Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and a Ukrainian oligarch. With respect to Biden, Giuliani was particularly interested in a…

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Facebook defends itself against op-ed calling for its breakup

Facebook defends itself against op-ed calling for its breakup

On Thursday, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling for the company to be broken up, saying that CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,” and that he should be held accountable for his company’s mistakes. Now, Facebook has responded an op-ed of its own, saying that its size isn’t the real problem, and that its success as a platform shouldn’t…

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