France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech

France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech

On Thursday, French lawmakers approved a measure designed to force tech companies like Facebook and Google to remove content the French government deems “hate speech,” the Associate Press reported earlier today. The provision, which is part of a larger internet regulation bill, was adopted by the lower house of the French Parliament on Thursday. If it were to be fully approved, it would create a 24 hour deadline for social networks to remove hate speech…

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Apple’s iCloud and store systems are down for some users

Apple’s iCloud and store systems are down for some users

Some Apple users are reporting that they are experiencing issues with iCloud, which appears to have also affected services at the company’s physical retail stores, according to 9to5Mac. Apple’s Systems Status page reports that iCloud’s Calendars, Contacts, and Reminders are currently affected by the ongoing outage, and that some users might have issues. The company says that issues affecting Apple Pay, Documents, Find my Friends, Find My iPhone, Game Center, iCloud Sign In, and other…

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Get to know Halle Bailey, the new Little Mermaid, through her YouTube covers

Get to know Halle Bailey, the new Little Mermaid, through her YouTube covers

We live in a time where almost every new musical prodigy has formed an identity on YouTube long before they break through to mainstream Hollywood. Halle Bailey, the new face of Disney’s Little Mermaid, is a perfect example. Disney announced on Wednesday that Bailey, currently 19-years-old, would play Princess Ariel in the company’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. She began making a name for herself as an actress on ABC’s Grownish, a spinoff…

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Restoring forests may be our most powerful weapon in fighting climate change

Restoring forests may be our most powerful weapon in fighting climate change

Adding 2.2 trillion acres of tree cover would capture two-thirds of man-made carbon emissions, a new study found. Allowing the Earth’s forests to recover could cancel out the majority of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research. The worldwide assessment of current and potential forestation using satellite imagery appears Thursday in the journal Science. It shows that letting saplings regrow on land where forests have been cleared would increase global forested area by one-third…

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Scientists found a seaweed patch stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Africa

Scientists found a seaweed patch stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Africa

Fertilizer runoff is likely fueling an explosion of seaweed in the Atlantic. There’s a mass of seaweed in the Atlantic Ocean that last year, at its peak, was so large it stretched all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa. It’s the biggest bloom of seaweed ever recorded, according to a new paper published in Science. And it’s likely another example of how human activity is radically changing the surface of the…

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Netflix released a podcast director’s commentary track for Always Be My Maybe

Netflix released a podcast director’s commentary track for Always Be My Maybe

There’s been one thing that I’ve wondered about as Netflix cannibalized DVD sales in the last decade: why doesn’t the streaming service include things like director commentaries for the films and TV shows that it streams? That seems to be changing — Netflix recently launched a podcast series of director’s commentaries called Watching With…. Thus far, Netflix has released two episodes: one for the film Someone Great (featuring director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson), and another for…

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