Mark Zuckerberg struggles to curry favor with the EU, with skeptical lawmakers questioning Facebook’s dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with EU lawmakers in Brussels this week, and they’re not making things easy for him.
Zuckerberg is speaking to competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, internal market commissioner Thierry Breton, and justice chief Vera Jourova.
On Wednesday, Vestager and Breton are set to announce proposals to create a single European data market aimed at challenging the dominance of US tech giants like Facebook.
The EU has fined Facebook before, slapping it with a €110 million ($120 million) penalty in 2017 after Facebook gave it misleading information about its purchase of WhatsApp.
On Saturday, the head of the European People’s Party also met with Zuckerberg and claimed Facebook had helped spread misinformation about the coronavirus.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with EU lawmakers in Brussels, and his mission to curry favor has had mixed results.

Zuckerberg is speaking to the likes of competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, internal market commissioner Thierry Breton, and justice chief Vera Jourova.

Vestager is one of the most powerful antitrust regulators in the world, having penalized Amazon, Google, and Facebook with billions of dollars in fines.

The EU handed Facebook a €110 million ($120 million) penalty in 2017 after the firm gave it misleading information about its purchase of WhatsApp.

On Wednesday, Vestager and Breton are set to announce proposals to create a single European data market aimed at challenging the dominance of US tech giants like Facebook. It’s expected the EU will also introduce new rules around facial recognition and artificial intelligence.

Zuckerberg laid the groundwork for his trip with an op-ed in the Financial Times on Sunday actively calling for greater regulation of his own company. “Good regulation will hurt Facebook’s business in the near term,” he wrote. Facebook also published its own blueprint of what regulating online content could …read more

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Trump shared a video of Ryan Newman’s horrific Daytona 500 crash, which saw his car flip over and burst into flames

Ryan Newman Daytona 500 crash

US President Donald Trump on Monday night tweeted a video showing the horrific crash suffered by NASCAR driver Ryan Newman during the Daytona 500.

Newman was seriously injured when he crashed after being spun out on the final lap of the race.
Soon after the crash, Trump tweeted that he was “praying” for Newman, calling him a “great and brave” driver, before sharing video of the accident.
Newman is not in a life threatening condition, NASCAR said in a statement Monday night.
The race was won by Denny Hamlin, who claimed his third Daytona 500 victory.

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US President Donald Trump on Monday night tweeted a video showing the horrific crash suffered by NASCAR driver Ryan Newman during the Daytona 500.

On the race’s final lap Monday evening, Newman — who was leading the race at the time — was spun out, hitting the wall hard and then flipping into the air. He was seriously injured, but is not in a life threatening condition, NASCAR said in a statement.

Soon after the crash, Trump tweeted that he was “praying” for Newman, calling him a “great and brave” driver. Trump had been in attendance at the start of the Daytona 500 Sunday, but was not attending the actual race Monday.

Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver! #PrayingForRyan

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2020

After sending his prayers to Newman, the president went on to retweet NASCAR’s statement about the crash, following up with a video of the crash occurring, and a GIF of a separate accident in the race.

The video, from Fox’s NASCAR network, showed the full final lap of the race, while the GIF, posted by Xfinity Racing, showed the moment a crash involving numerous cars happened …read more

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A ‘Batman’-themed venue is coming to London with a Harley Quinn-style Gotham City speakeasy, The Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge, and a restaurant called Pennyworth’s

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A “Batman”-themed venue is opening up in Soho, London in spring 2020.
Named Park Row, dinner prices are expected to average £45 ($58.56) per person.
The space will house five restaurants and three bars including The Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge, a Harley Quinn-styled speakeasy, and a British-inspired sharing plates restaurant called Pennyworth’s.
The arrival of Park Row coincides with the hype around the new “Batman” film, set to be released in 2021 with Robert Pattinson playing the dark knight for the first time.
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The world’s first premium “Batman”-themed restaurant, Park Row, is opening up on Brewer Street in London this spring, and it has brought a decent chunk of Gotham City with it.

Although there is not a lot of detail on the current website, a press release stated the 18,000 sq ft space will be made up of five restaurants and three bars in one venue, with a staggering total of 330 covers. The average price for a meal is estimated to be £45 ($58.56) per head depending on the restaurant.

Park Row will immerse guests in the world of DC with dining and drinking areas centered around the comics’ superheroes and villains.

Depending what you’re in the mood for, guests could tuck into British-inspired sharing plates at Pennyworth’s (named after Bruce Wayne’s unconditionally loyal butler, Alfred), knock back a potentially lethal cocktail in The Penguin’s opulent Art Deco Iceberg Lounge, and pick from a menu of international cuisine while watching live entertainment each night.

Hidden away from the main room in Park Row is Harley Quinn’s villainous speakeasy, Old Gotham City, which is described as serving inventive drinks alongside sharing bites.

The show-stopping jewel in this DC gastro-crown is set to be The Monarch Theatre, a multi-sensory tasting menu experience using projection mapping technology …read more

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Billie Eilish said Daniel Craig has to like the Bond song for it to go ahead: ‘He’s got a big say in it’

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In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell said that Daniel Craig has to like the Bond song or it doesn’t go ahead.
O’Connell said: “If Daniel doesn’t like it, you don’t get the job,” while Eilish said that they learned that the actor has “got a big say in it.”
Eilish and O’Connell wrote and recorded the new Bond song “No Time to Die” in just three days — in a tour bus in Texas.
Eilish also said that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli only gave them “a little hint” of what happens in the film’s opening scene, and nothing more.
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Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell told BBC Breakfast that James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, must like the Bond song or else the tune won’t get the go-ahead.

“He had to like it,” said writer and producer O’Connell. “If Daniel doesn’t like it, you don’t get the job.”

Eilish agreed, telling BBC Breakfast: “He’s got a big say in it. We learned that from this.”

Eilish and O’Connell’s Bond song “No Time to Die” was released on February 13th and will be performed at Tuesday’s Brit Awards.

“No Time to Die” is also the name of the new James Bond film, which will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final movie as 007 after appearing in “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” and “Spectre.”

Eilish and O’Connell, despite penning the new Bond theme song, have no idea what happens in the film and were given only the smallest of details by producer Barbara Broccoli.

“We had a meeting with Barabra Broccoli in Ireland in the beginning of September,” said Eilish. “She came to a show and she basically gave us, like, a little hint of what the first scene is … what’s happening.”

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