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Paris has been hit with a spate of anonymously-piloted drones flying over key landmarks, government buildings and even a nuclear power station. It's not been clear if it's a group of amateurs with bad timing or something more coordinated, which has spooked the locals and law enforcement alike. Tha...

April 13th 2015 at 10:56am 0 Comments
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A French-language TV station broadcast around the world, was reportedly hacked by ISIS, halting broadcasts for about three hours. TV5Monde's Facebook page and website were also hijacked, and network director Yves Bigot said operations were "severely damaged." The station's programming and Facebook...

April 9th 2015 at 3:07am 0 Comments
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The biggest threat to America's Navy over the past 60 years hasn't been China's rapidly modernizing military, North Korea's nuclear saber rattling or even Russia's arctic overtures -- it's been underwater mines. They've damaged 15 of our ships since 1950. Sure, you can disarm these explosive hazar...

April 3rd 2015 at 1:34pm 0 Comments
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Uber's Paris headquarters were recently raided by 25 policemen, but a court has now ruled that its disputed UberPOP service is actually honky-dory -- for now. The company's low-cost ridesharing option uses non-professional drivers, a practice that French authorities have called unlawful (its other...

March 31st 2015 at 11:28am 0 Comments
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French news daily Le Parisien reports that Uber has suspended one of its French drivers after his arrest on sexual assault charges. This follows Its UberPop service being banned (again) in Germany, the company's offices in both France and South Korea being raided by the police and the UN flat out...

March 25th 2015 at 4:38pm 0 Comments
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Isn't it ironic that tiny nuances of tax law can often cause colossal results out in the real world? It's one of those judgments that has rocked Europe after its highest court ruled that e-books aren't actually goods at all. Currently, paper books sold in the EU are subjected to a smaller amount o...

March 5th 2015 at 7:48am 0 Comments
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Metals are full of microscopic structures that define properties like strength, but it's hard to figure out how those structures work on Earth, where gravity skews their effects. An experiment aboard the International Space Station may have solved that dilemma, however. By freezing alloys in the s...

March 1st 2015 at 12:46am 0 Comments
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Paris has an unusual (and rather nerve-wracking) flying robot problem on its hands. Residents have spotted drones illegally flying over city landmarks over the past two evenings, including hotspots like the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides military museum and the US embassy. Some of the machines have b...

February 26th 2015 at 12:03am 0 Comments
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The French government now has much more power to silence websites it sees as dangerous. The country has published a decree (in development since July, well before the Charlie Hebdo attack) requiring that internet providers block terrorist- and child pornography-related content within 24 hours of a...

February 9th 2015 at 12:30am 0 Comments
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France is eying new laws that would make the likes of Facebook and Google accountable for hosting extremist messages. As Bloomberg tells it, the new talk is a direct response to terrorist attacks from earlier this month, and should the draft law pass, it'd make online entities "accomplices" for ho...

January 28th 2015 at 9:27am 0 Comments
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Following the terrorist attack against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo Apple has updated its French homepage with a black banner is a sign of solidarity. The banner reads "Je Suis Charlie" which translated in English means "I am Charlie." On January 7 three gunmen opened fire on the Pa...

January 8th 2015 at 6:00pm 0 Comments