Real-life 'Spider-Man' who climbed building to save child to meet with French president

TwitterFacebook

It’s surely a stunt out of a Hollywood film.

A man’s dramatic climb up the side of a building to rescue a child in Paris earned him widespread praise, plus a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron.

22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, an undocumented Malian migrant, took less than 40 seconds to scale four floors of an apartment block in the city’s 18th arrondissement on Saturday afternoon. 

Videos of the incident were widely shared on social media, showing Gassama being cheered on by a crowd of onlookers. Read more…

More about France, Paris, Culture, Hero, and Culture


Data concerns: YouTube under fire from child advocacy groups

In a week swirling with news regarding privacy concerns, an alliance of child advocacy and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Google. According to one of the groups Commercial Free Childhood, the complaint was filed on April 4, 2018. The complaint alleges that Google is violating the Children Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires parental consent prior to data collection for sites that are aware of children using that site. The document claims that YouTube is aware that children regularly access the site based upon …

Apple will add new iPhone parental control features to tackle child smartphone addiction

Apple has vowed to introduce new parental control features to iPhones and other iOS devices. These tools will help parents control and limit phone use in order to prevent child smartphone addiction. 
Cupertino’s declaration comes as a response to a public letter published by two major shareholders who urged the tech giant to investigate the negative effects of excessive smartphone use with younger users and take direct action against it. 
An Apple spokesperson issued the following statement to Bloomberg:

We think …

MetroPCS customer jailed after pre-paid carrier's employee spots child porn on phone

55-year old Orlando Chang figured he had a fairly quiet day ahead. He planned on visiting a nearby MetroPCS store to trade in his current smartphone for a new model. Little did he know that by the end of the day, he would find himself arrested on 11 counts of possession of child pornography. The arrest warrant explained how Chang popped into a MetroPCS store in Coral Gables, seeking to swap his old handset for a new one.

The MetroPCS employee who was assigned the task of moving over the contacts and photos from Chang’s old handset to his new one made a rather startling discovery. …

5 phone makers that said they'll love you forever, but ran off with the child support

Making smartphones is a tough and often unprofitable business for anyone but the top three – Apple, Samsung and Huawei. After they saw Apple’s exorbitant profits from the iPhone, many a company have tried and failed to reinvent the cell phone wheel, entering the market with the enthusiasm of a startup, then burning through a pile of cash while trying to challenge the status quo, and in the end throwing in the towel. 

Just in the past few weeks, we’ve had a few of those declaring they are no longer able to fight the good fight, and are folding the lawn chairs. What happens …