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Apple adds black ribbon to French homepage to commemorate victims of Paris attacks

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Apple has acknowledged the recent terrorism attacks in Paris with a commemorative ribbon on the Apple France homepage, The black ribbon is a sign of remembrance and mourning; Google has also added the symbol to its homepage in response to the attacks.

In addition, Apple has been contacting affected employees in French Apple retail stores to check they are safe.

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  1. Very nice gesture. Mainly for contacting the affected employees to check they are safe.

  2. applegetridofsimandjack - 7 years ago

    Good from Apple.
    I live in Brussels and lived close to Molenbeek, these days called the capital of radicalism. Belgians have not seen this coming but people in Brussels have.

    I have seen gangs in Brussels form over the years, I’ve seen gang leaders simply disappear, later hearing they were stabbed to death…

    The Molenbeek area is an area in Brussels in which drugs is being sold, criminality is everywhere, and it’s an aea which hasn’t had the needed attention in the past 30 years.

    We can track back radicalism in Molenbeek to the 80′. To people in Brussels it was very clear that Molenbeek will become a big problem in the future….

    We Belgians must do something about this. Quickly.

  3. applegetridofsimandjack - 7 years ago

    The European Championchip in France next year will be a huge safety problem.
    We today heard the terrorists tried to enter the Stade de Feance. I hope France up their security around stadiums next year.

  4. John Smith - 7 years ago

    To be honest I’m not really comfortable with this.

    To me, this is the same corporation which is deliberately obstructing security services in order to secure market share.

    • Because you either have privacy or you don’t. Saving a few hundred lives isn’t a valid reason to invade the privacy of millions. These lives should be saved by all means but not through violation of constitutional rights.

      • André Hedegaard - 7 years ago

        And you don’t stop to think that the constitution was written at a time when the world was a very different place, with different mediums?
        The only thing that is permanent and never changes, is change itself.

  5. Gregory Wright - 7 years ago

    Mr. Cook, consider this:

    “We in many respects have gone blind as a result of the commercialization and the selling of these devices that cannot be accessed either by the manufacturer or, more importantly, by us in law enforcement, even equipped with search warrants and judicial authority,” Mr. Bratton said. “This is something that is going to need to be debated very quickly because we cannot continue operating where we are blind” in the area of gathering intelligence on potential attacks. ———Bill Bratton, NY Police Commissioner.

    • Doug Aalseth - 7 years ago

      Nope, I reject that argument utterly. The fact is that with TOR and other highly encrypted third party systems available for download there will always be communication thats inaccessible. To paraphrase a line from the NRA, if you criminalize encryption soon only criminals will have encryption. Secondly, almost none of the communications in question are housed on the device. E-Mail and such are on remote servers. To demand access to my phone or tablet as a way to access the correspondence is silly. Lastly, if there was a mandated back door that law enforcement could use to access all of the data on iPhones, Galaxy Phones, BlackBerrys and such it would be leaked and the bad guys would have access to your credit card data, personal info, and all other private data within HOURS. The drive to allow a back door for law enforcement is a internet scammer/identity thief’s wet dream.

      Sure law enforcement wants it, because they don’t understand the technology. They don’t understand how it all works.

    • Me In LA - 7 years ago

      No thanks. If it means I’m less safe so be it. I do not want just any lifer judge sitting there on his fat ass giving anyone a warrant for my devices. I’ve seen this abused and I do not want it. I support Apple for standing up to this BS. You should too.

    • jmholmes83 - 7 years ago

      What’s that quote regarding giving up Liberty for security and therefore deserving neither? Ben Franklin was a pretty smart dude.

      • André Hedegaard - 7 years ago

        Ben Franklin didn’t live in the information age, now did he? Times change, so should the laws and tools to help combat criminality.
        To hang onto old values, just for the sake of hanging onto them isn’t doing anyone any good.
        I support the police and investigations.
        I’m happy to sacrifice some liberty for added security, if it means me and my family will be safe.
        If you’re not a criminal – then you shouldn’t care about this. Only criminals care about being “hacked”.

      • Doug Aalseth - 7 years ago

        Times change as does technology but you must not let that change your core values. Maybe I’m a bit jaundiced by my experiences with a democracy that morphed into a police state but I truly believe that the police have all the tools they need. Today the “terrorists” are religious extremists. It wasn’t that long ago thzt mainstream political groups were getting that brand because of their opposition to an administrations policy or war. It wasn’t that long ago that main stream environmental groups were getting that brand because they opposed some project that someone in power was in favour of. No I’ll take a bit more risk, heck I was in Mombasa when Al Quida bombed one of the big resorts in town. I’ve lived through the fear, though admittedly not on the scale of Paris last week. Dispite that I still fear an overreaching, unfettered, government without controls. I fear far more a government that can poke around without over site to see if they can make a case against whatever “enemy of the state” they choose.

        Put it another way. How about giving the police keys to everyone’s house. After all somewhere in North America somebody must be doing something illegal. Give the police the right to enter everyone’s house whenever they want, without a warrant, to see if there’s something they feel like prosecuting. Would you be happy with that? It’s EXACTLY the same thing.

      • Eric Larsen - 7 years ago

        An off-quoted phrase and usually without much thought, for giving up security for liberty yields neither as well.

  6. ishan24 - 7 years ago

    I am very sad for Pairs. Apple is doing awesome.

  7. vkd108 - 7 years ago

    Why don’t they send a black ribbon to the G20 meeting and humbly ask, why this so-called ‘terrorist’ act occured on the eve of their Turkish meeting to discuss terrorism? I smell a fish.

  8. Joseph Frye - 7 years ago

    Not to be confused with the black ISIS flag.


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