Here’s what Facebook Inc’s new office (complete with a sprawling nine-acre garden rooftop) looks like


Financial Post

Facebook Inc. has moved into the company’s new 430,000-square-foot complex in Menlo Park, Calif., which chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says features „the largest open floor plan in the world.“

The office is called MPK 20 (for „Menlo Park, Building 20“) and was designed by Canadian-born Frank Gehry — the renowned architect behind the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and Los Angeles‘ Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For Facebook’s new office, Mr. Gehry created a space with „lots of small spaces where people can work together… move around and collaborate with anyone here,“ Mr. Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. The social media giant’s vice president of global real state, John Tenanes, told Wired that „you can pretty much see all the way down the building.“

The building is topped with a sprawling nine-acre park, complete with walking trails and green spaces. According to Wired, it blends with the lowlands of Menlo…

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Turkish prosecutor seriously injured, gunmen dead after hostage-taking


Global News

ISTANBUL – Two members of a banned leftist group who had held a prosecutor hostage in his office inside a courthouse in Istanbul were killed Tuesday in a shootout with police that left their captive seriously wounded, police said.

Istanbul’s police chief, Selami Altunok said the prosecutor has been taken to hospital.

Altunok said police had negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before the violent end of the hostage situation.

Private news agency Dogan earlier Tuesday reported police special forces had entered the building, which was evacuated. It wasn’t clear how the assailants sneaked the arms into the courthouse.

The state-run Anadolu Agency and state television, TRT, identified the prosecutor as Mehmet Selim Kiraz. He is the prosecutor investigating the death of a teenager who was hit by a police gas canister fired during nationwide anti-government protests in 2013.

A website close to the left-wing DHKP-C group said that…

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Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustrationAmazon warns Congress: US risks being left behind in delivery drone business


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Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Exclusive: Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers, stymied by American regulation, are now developing their unmanned domestic delivery service

Amazon Canada drones site
Amazon employees look to the skies at the company’s secret Canadian drones site somewhere in British Columbia, only 2,000ft from the US border. Photograph: Ed Pilkington/the Guardian

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant…

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