Facebook explains why it enabled Safety Check for Paris but not other recent attacks

  In the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks on Friday, many with loved ones living in the city received a new type of notification from Facebook. The social network activated a relatively new tool called Safety Check for the attacks, letting people in Paris easily tell their friends and that they were safe.
While the feature has been helpful for many, some pointed to its use in Paris but not for other recent attacks — like a twin suicide bombing that killed over 40 in Beiruit on Thursday — as yet another example of western bias that apparently values certain lives more than others.

On Saturday, Facebook saw fit to respond to those accusations in a blog post written by the company’s vice president of growth, Alex Schultz. In it, Schultz notes that this is the first time the company has enabled Safety Check for anything other than a natural disaster, events which the tool was originally designed for when it was released last year.

Like a natural disaster, he notes, during the attacks “Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones.” After discussing with Facebook employees on the ground, the company decided it was a good idea to turn on Safety Check. “There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.”

Now that Facebook has set a precedent for using Safety Check for terrorism and other violent events, it will need to figure out when and where to use the feature. From Schultz’s comments, it’s not clear if the team would have enabled it for Beruit. He includes the Lebanese city among “other parts of the world, where violence is more common and terrible things happen with distressing frequency. ” And he notes that “During an ongoing crisis, like war or epidemic, Safety Check in its current form is not that useful for people: because there isn’t a clear start or end point and, unfortunately, it’s impossible to know when someone is truly ‘safe.'”

That said, Schultz writes that “We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help,” adding, “We will learn a lot from feedback on this launch.”

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Top 10 Most Viewed “Adele – Hello” Covers on Youtube!

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Right after Adele posted her new hit song “Hello” on Youtube; fans, artists and Youtube singers from around the world started uploading covers of the song.

As of this moment, the original video has almost 298 Million views, but the covers are getting a bigger hype, and the following are the best covers on Youtube sorted by the number of views:

Top 1: 7 Million Views in 4 Days

Top 2: 6.7 Million Views in 1 Week

Top 3: 2.3 Million Views in 1 Week

Top 4: 1.5 Million Views in 2 Weeks

Featured: 680K in 2 Days! Noel Kharman – Hello Fairouz Mashup!

Top 5: 900K in 1 Week

Top 6: 860K in 1 Week

Top 7: 740K in 3 Days

Top 8: 640K in 2 Weeks

Top 9: 630K in 1 Week

Top 10: 570K in 1 Week

Here’s how Siri sounds in Arabic! Coming soon in iOS 9.2!

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Apple has released iOS 9.2 as a Public Beta, and one of the features alongside the bug fixes and installed extensions for safari tabs in third party apps, is that Siri now understands the Arabic Language and it replies in Arabic too!

Here’s a video that demonstrate this feature:

The final version of iOS 9.1 was only sent out to the public last week, so you should probably expect a few more betas before iOS 9.2 is finished.

Uber Recycle Now in Beirut!

Beirut_uberRECYCLE_blog_960x540_r2While people are discovering Earth 2.0, Lebanese people are facing a serious trash problem!

In an effort to make Beirut a better place, Uber partnered up with Live Love Beirut & Advanced Car Rental who will be passing around for a full week in vans to collect on-demand recyclable waste via Uber for FREE. All material will be handed over to arcenciel who will handle the recycling process.

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START DIVIDING WASTES IN DIFFERENT COLOURED PLASTIC BAGS!

BLUE: Plastic (i.e Water bottles, detergents, shampoo bottles, beverages…)

BLACK: Paper (i.e Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, boxes…)

PINK (or a 3rd colour): Metal (i.e Tins, cans, metal caps…)


HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Open your Uber app between 3pm to 8pm from July 29th through August 4th
  2. Select the UberRECYCLE optionBeirut_uberRECYCLE_half-screenshot_r1
  3. A van will pass by to collect your bags (Please make sure bags are properly sealed)
  4. All pickups are FREE of charge

Don’t wait, start bagging waste today because we’re coming to your doors as of this Today!

Thank you Uber! At least someone is doing something!

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Lebanon’s first WORLD PREMIERE: Salma Hayek in Elie Saab’s gown for the premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

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Salma Hayek put on a sensational display at the Beirut premiere of her new film The Prophet on Monday night.

The 48-year-old looked exquisite in a floor-sweeping silver gown as she prepared to showcase her new production about the famous poetry works of Kahlil Gibran.

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Actress Salma not only voices one of the characters in the enchanting animated tribute, but she also produced the film before leading the red carpet in the late writer’s native Lebanon.

The actress may have tipped her toe into the fountain beside Gibran’s commemorative statue on Sunday, but it might as well have been a fountain of youth when she stunned in silver on Monday.

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Brunette beauty Salma boasted a blemish-free visage with immaculate make-up and a delighted smile as she sent photographers into a frenzy on the world’s stage.

She was petite with her decolletage on show in a belted, plunging number that drew her in neatly at the middle before kicking into an elegant skirt.

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As she turned, Salma showed off a full train that followed faithfully behind her, while giving a look at her tight ringlet curls that swept across her bare back.

The new film has been a labour of love for the dedicated Hollywood starlet, who as begun her promotional tour for the movie in the best place possible, the poet’s birth place.

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The Prophet tells the story of a young girl who finds the voice she lost through her friendship with a poet imprisoned for his ideas.

Salma, who called the film a ‘love letter to my heritage’, was obviously keen to talk about her work of art when she hit the red carpet.

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The actress was seen hushing the crowd as she broke into a speech and even embraced the bustling crowd of reporters waiting to hear her input ahead of the special film preview.

The 48-year-old has been overwhelmed by the support she’s received for bringing the masterpiece to the big screen and even shared a picture of the gifts that she had received while visiting Lebanon this week.

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On her Instagram page she wrote: ‘Thanks to all the people in Lebanon for sending me all these wonderful gifts. Your reputation for generosity is well deserved,’ and followed it with the tags ‘Lebanon,’ ‘Family’ and ‘Gratitude’.

Earlier in the day, Salma brought some flower power to the press conference as she talked more about the masterpiece and the origins of her new film.

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The Prophet will serve as Salma’s fifth time in a producer capacity after films such as Frida and The Maldonado Miracle, as well as producing episodes of Ugly Betty, in which she also played a small part between 2006 and 2007.

The film is an adaptation of Gibran’s 1923 collection of 26 prose poetry essays by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer.

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Salma lends her voice to the character of Kamila, while Taken actor Liam Neeson will voice Mustafa and John Krasinski is Halim.

Elie Saab’s Dress: Go grey like Salma in a glittering gown

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When you’re voicing a character in a film and you’re producing that film too, you’ve got every excuse in the book to hit the red carpet in serious style.

Salma Hayek doesn’t ever need much of a reason though to notch things up in the glamour stakes, always stepping out looking fabulous.

For the premiere here for The Prophet, Salma wore a stunning embroidered gown by Elie Saab. The piece came straight off the runway – showcased in the spring/summer couture collection for 2015 and Salma did it serious justice.

Being a couture piece, the dress isn’t available to buy online, but if you click to the right you can snap up a ready-to-wear dress by Elie Saab at Farfetch instead. Alternatively, browse the glittering grey picks below to get Salma’s look for less.

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