French prosecutors investigate after woman live-streams suicide

Unnamed 19-year-old uses Twitter’s Periscope service to film her own death

French prosecutors have launched an investigation after a 19-year-old woman killed herself by jumping in front of a suburban train in Paris and streamed the act live on Periscope.

The unnamed French woman “sent a text to one of her friends several minutes before her death to make them aware of her intentions”, said the prosecutor Eric Lallement on Wednesday.

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Mike Leigh’s Peterloo massacre drama heading to Amazon

Nascent studio also announces debut original movie: Doug Liman-directed sniper thriller The Wall, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Mike Leigh’s forthcoming drama about the infamous 1819 Peterloo massacre looks set to be picked up for distribution by Amazon, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The streaming site and distributor is in negotiations to acquire the North American rights to Leigh’s follow-up to acclaimed biopic Mr Turner, about the British painter JMW Turner.

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Instagram unveils new logo, but it’s not quite picture perfect

Photo sharing app unveils new sunset-coloured logo and a sleeker in-app look, but opinion is mixed

Instagram, the photo sharing app owned by Facebook, responsible for such cultural highlights as hot-dog legs, The Fat Jewish memes and Rich Kids of, well, Instagram, has debuted a new logo.

The previous one, a retro-looking camera, and one of the most recognisable tech logos out there, has been replaced by a background swirl of sunset colours (orange, yellow, pink, purple) and a white outline of a camera. As if the camera was murdered, and chalk was drawn around its body. Murdered at sundown. Here it is:

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Angry about Facebook censorship? Wait until you hear about the news feed

Peeved about Facebook’s curation of trending topics? Its news feed is reinventing censorship for a technological age, and humans need not apply

Bad news: Facebook is censoring the internet every day, warping your understanding of the world around you to benefit its corporate interests, and fundamentally changing the media landscape in a potentially apocalyptic fashion.

Good news: that has little to nothing to do with the fact that the human curators of its trending topics feature are a bit sniffy about linking to Breitbart News.

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