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Gamma-ray space telescope study may have spotted dark matter

Analyzing data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, researchers find hints of dark matter.The scientists looked to spot a correlation between gravitational lensing and gamma rays. Future release of data can pinpoint whether the dark matter is really responsible for observed effects. By comparing data derived from gravitational lensing and gamma ray observations by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a study showed that certain regions of the sky emit more gamma rays. While the main cause...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Technology, California, France, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Chile, Italy, Innovation, Universe, Einstein, Dark Matter, Telescope, Stanford University


Lockdown in Paris: Day 13

It has been a long week, so today’s update will be brief. Unsurprisingly, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made the official announcement that the confinement will last until April 15th (but, once again, everyone assumes it will be extended through the end of April). Sadly, there are now 1995 Coronavirus deaths in France, including a 16-year-old girl with no prior health issues and a cashier working in a large suburban supermarket just outside Paris. Solidarité in ActionBut it’s not just ...
Tags: Travel, Google, France, Paris, French Navy, Health & Safety, Les Enfants, Paris Saint Germain PSG, St Malo, Edouard Philippe, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Marcel Carn, Paris Solidarit, Roman Duris


Babbel makes its language learning app free for all US students

Babbel, the Berlin-based paid language learning app, today announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is making its service available for free to all K-12 and college students until the end of the term. Previously, the company offered a similar deal for students in Italy, the U.K., Germany, Spain and France. The service currently offers courses for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian and English. Student...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, France, China, Germany, Berlin, US, Tech, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning


France launches marketplace to manage essential products against COVID-19

French startup Mirakl usually works with e-commerce websites in order to help them build out a marketplace with third-party sellers. This time, the company has developed a marketplace called StopCOVID19.fr to centralize the supply and demand of essential products during the fight against COVID-19. The French government is backing the project. While many French companies have promised to manufacture hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and other essential products to protect healthcare professionals and...
Tags: Ecommerce, Europe, France, Tech, Policy, France Newsletter, Mirakl, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, StopCOVID19.fr


Qatar Airways adds 10K seats while other airlines draw down their schedules

While most domestic and international airlines are cutting thousands of flights from their schedules due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways is taking another route. The airline is actually stepping up some of its flying again, after also announcing some cuts in the last few days, by adding 10,000 extra seats back to its network. It’s doing so by adding extra flights to Paris, Perth and Dublin from its hub in Doha, and by using its A380 fleet for flights to Frankfurt, Lo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, France, Germany, Singapore, Tech, Qatar, Frankfurt, United States, United Kingdom, Paris, Emirates, Aviation


Self-reporting app for Covid-19 symptoms for UK research sees 650k downloads in 24 hours

One of the big challenges (among many) with the coronavirus pandemic is that overwhelmed health services do not always know how best to deploy the limited resources that they have to meet the demand of people falling ill with Covid-19. For example, we know that more ventilators and beds will be needed, but where specifically are the outbreaks happening and how can those local areas be served better? Now, an app in the UK called the C-19 Covid Symptom Tracker, developed out of an unlikely corner ...
Tags: Health, TC, Apps, Europe, UK, London, France, Stanford, Boston, US, Tech, Eu, NHS, National Health Service, Docklands, East London


France announces $4.3 billion plan to support startups

France’s Ministry of State for Digital Affairs Cédric O and public investment bank Bpifrance announced a comprehensive support plan for startups this morning. Some French startups are going to face revenue issues as well as funding issues in the coming months. The French government wants to temporarily bridge that gap with refinancing and liquidity measures — overall it represents $4.3 billion (€4 billion). “Startups represent a growing part the economy — especially when it comes to jobs,” Cé...
Tags: Startups, Europe, France, Tech, Policy, France Newsletter, Bpifrance, Cédric O, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ministry of State for Digital


PG&E deal doesn’t fix wildfire issues

In the midst of the coronavirus lock down, the last thing Californians need is any threat to the reliability of their electric utilities. With that in mind, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision on Friday to approve Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s $57.65 billion bankruptcy reorganization makes perfect sense — and is good for those Californians who rely on its service. The deal, however, doesn’t address the underlying problems that sent PG&E into bankruptcy court for the second time in the past two decades...
Tags: Apple, Congress, California, Opinion, France, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Newsom, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, Susan Shelley, Southern California News Group


Congress fiddles over how much pork to pack into stimulus package

Over the last week, congressional plans to deliver cash payments to Americans and assistance to businesses morphed into partisan mudslinging and an opportunity for special interests to use this moment to advance their interests. From a limited-government perspective, there is a reasonable case for providing aid to Americans unable to work and businesses unable to operate because of government orders. But what’s been happening in Washington, D.C. is the sort of dysfunction that has long character...
Tags: Apple, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, France, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, House, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Department, Pelosi, Senate Republican


Coronavirus outbreak exposes the unsustainability of California’s status quo

The coronavirus outbreak, and the resulting economic fallout, should push all of us to look more critically at the status quo here in California. With the UCLA Anderson Forecast determining that the country is now in a recession, an assessment echoed by Bank of America, and that California will be hit harder than the rest of the country, it’s time we reflect on what we’ve allowed to happen in our state. While we hope state and local governments are successful in their response to the coronavirus...
Tags: Apple, California, Opinion, France, Senate, Sacramento, Bank Of America, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Los Angeles Unified, UCLA Anderson Forecast, Legislative Analyst 's Office


Pinterest launches a ‘Today’ tab featuring daily recommendations and trending topics

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to record Pinterest usage as people stuck at home increased their searches for things like lesson plans, kids’ crafts, new recipes, and gardening ideas. Last weekend, for example, Pinterest saw more searches and saves globally than any other weekend in its history. And in the U.S., it saw record numbers of Pin sharing, as messages from the “Send a Pin” feature jumped 34%. In light of the increased demand, Pinterest has moved up the launch of its Today tab — a new fe...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Pinterest, France, Germany, Tech, App, Recommendations, France Spain, Searches, Today tab Pinterest


Daily Crunch: Disney+ launches in seven European countries

Disney+ launches in seven European countries, Microsoft admits to a “critical” Windows security flaw and we review the new iPad Pro. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 24, 2020. 1. Using 25% lower bandwidth, Disney+ launches in UK, Ireland and 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7 As expected, Disney announced that it is officially launching its streaming service across seven markets in Europe — but doing so using reduced bandwidth given the strain on broadband networks as mo...
Tags: Firefox, Europe, Media, Microsoft, Entertainment, France, Disney, US, Tech, United States, Ford, Mozilla, Switzerland, Revolut, Matthew Panzarino, FDIC


Using 25% lower bandwidth, Disney+ launches in UK, Ireland and 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7

Disney+, the streaming service from the Walt Disney Company, has been rapidly ramping up in the last several weeks. But while some of that expansion has seen some hiccups, other regions are basically on track. Today, as expected, Disney announced that it is officially launching across 7 markets in Europe — but doing so using reduced bandwidth given the strain on broadband networks as more people are staying home because of the coronavirus pandemic. From today, it will be live in the U.K., Irelan...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Media, Microsoft, Entertainment, France, Germany, Disney, Tech, Spain, E-commerce, Companies, Broadband


Using 25% lower bandwidth, Disney+ launches in UK, Ireland, 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7

Disney+, the streaming service from the Walt Disney Company, has been rapidly ramping up in the last several weeks. But while some of that expansion has seen some hiccups, other regions are basically on track. Today, as expected, Disney announced that it is officially launching across 7 markets in Euopre — but doing so using reduced bandwidth given the strain on broadband networks as more people are staying home because of the coronavirus pandemic. From today, it will be live in the UK, Ireland,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Media, Microsoft, Entertainment, France, Germany, Disney, Tech, Spain, E-commerce, Companies, Broadband


Disney+ Officially Launches in the UK and More European Countries

Disney+ today officially launched in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria. The premium streaming service is accessible via web browser, on Amazon Fire devices, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV (4K or HD), iOS devices, Android, Google Chromecast, Xbox One, PS4, and smart TVs from LG, Sony, Samsung, and Vizio. You can download the iPhone and iPad apps here. The subscription price in the U.K. and across Europe is £5.99/€6.99 per month, or £59.99/€69.99 fo...
Tags: Apple, Europe, UK, France, Disney, Netflix, Austria, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Pixar, Vizio, Western Europe, Nordics, Jeff Goldblum, Disney Plus


Coronavirus, declining stocks and alternative investments crimp pension systems

The new bear market in stocks is bad news for CalPERS, CalSTRS, and the governments and taxpayers responsible for funding these pension systems. Aside from the obvious investment return damage inflicted by sharp declines in the Dow Jones, the seemingly-impending recession is also likely to impact the “alternative investment” portfolios public pension systems maintain. This month’s market-inflicted punishment should be a teachable moment about taking risks with pension investments. Most pension s...
Tags: Apple, Texas, California, Opinion, France, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Italy, North America, Carlyle, Calpers, California Public Employees Retirement System, CVC Capital Partners, CalSTRS, Marc Joffe


Big Tech’s key role in fighting the coronavirus outbreak

In the past few years, the attitude toward tech has increasingly soured. Multiple data privacy and election-related scandals at various tech companies and a new political strategy of being tough on “Big Tech” have led to the phenomenon known as “techlash.” In fact, in 2018, the Financial Times used that term to summarize “the year in a word.” And the hits just keep on coming: in 2019 and this year, we’ve continued to see even more calls to regulate technology and tech companies—with antitrust su...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, California, Opinion, Ebay, France, Senate, White House, Tech, Sport, Soccer, Financial Times, Deepmind


Poland made an app that forces coronavirus patients to take regular selfies to prove they're indoors or face a police visit

Poland on Friday released an app which requires people in quarantine for COVID-19 to periodically send selfies of themselves on request to prove they're sticking to their quarantine. If users don't respond to a request for a selfie within 20 minutes police will be alerted. The Polish government is reportedly automatically making accounts for suspected quarantine patients. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Polish government has introduced a new app that will require coro...
Tags: Google, France, Singapore, Trends, Taiwan, Poland, Afp, Krupa, Jakub Krupa, Digital Ministry


France: Apple Settles With French Authorities Over €25 Million Fine - Jones Day

On January 5, 2018, a consumer association filed a complaint against Apple with the Public Prosecutor's Office in Paris for planned obsolescence of its devices, alleging that Apple was deliberately slowing down its old smartphone models to speed up their replacement.
Tags: Apple, News, France, Paris, Public Prosecutor s Office


Understanding France’s $1.2 billion fine on Apple

Last week, the French antitrust authorities levied upon Apple the greatest fine it ever has imposed on any company in the 67-year history of the French agency. The total exceeds $1.2 billion. Two wholesalers who distributed Apple products were also fined: Tech Data $84 million and Ingram Micro $69 million. Apple is appealing the decision. In creating the European Union, individual countries did not surrender their own authority to bring antitrust actions to prevent harm done to consumers and com...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Europe, Supreme Court, Mac, Congress, California, Opinion, France, Senate, America, Eu, Reagan, Sport, European Union, Soccer


Global Savings Group acquires French cashback company iGraal for €123.5M

Germany’s Global Savings Group (GSG), the e-commerce content company, has acquired French cashback company iGraal for €123.5 million in a mixture of cash and stock. Specifically, the deal was reached with iGraal’s majority owner M6 Group, and consists of €35 million in cash and the remaining made up of an exchange of shares. The acquisition is said to be one of the largest in the cashback and loyalty space in recent years, with iGraal considered the leading digital cashback player in France. “In...
Tags: Travel, Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, France, Germany, Munich, Pouch, GSG, Global Savings Group, M6 Group, Ben Corrigan Jonny Plein, Vikram Simha, Global Savings Group GSG


States Tighten Public Limits; Grim Italy Milestone: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- New York state ordered non-essential workers to stay home, a move followed hours later by neighboring New Jersey and then by Illinois. Italy reported 627 fatalities, the most in one day anywhere, as the death toll in Europe’s epicenter topped 4,000.President Donald Trump banned all non-essential travel from Mexico, exempting commerce. He also deferred student loan payments.The U.K. and the U.S. warned that social distancing may be in place longer than expected. The European Union ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Asia, Europe, New York, London, News, Nbc, Congress, Mexico, France, Singapore, Nigeria, America, Spain, Bloomberg


Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and other potential COVID-19 treatments explained

During two of this week’s White House briefings, President Trump referred specifically to two potential treatments that have been identified by medical researchers and clinicians, and that have undergone various degrees of investigation and testing in the ongoing fight against the global coronavirus pandemic. It’s important to note upfront that regardless of what you may have heard, from Trump or any other sources, no drugs or treatments have been proven as effective for either the prevention of...
Tags: Health, TC, Ebola, Science, France, White House, China, Tech, United States, President, Food And Drug Administration, Disease, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Malaria, Director


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sources say Amazon has refused to close 2 Spanish warehouses despite 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The decision to keep the warehouses open incensed local workers' union the CCOO, which said it would be taking legal action against Amazon. Amazon is hiring 100,000 warehouse workers and raising pay as the coronavirus causes an "unprecedented" increase in demand for this time of year. Amazon is raising its pay for warehouse worker...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, California, Youtube, France, US, Trends, Tesla, Beverly Hills, The New York Times, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump


France Orders People To Stay At Home For 15 Days Due To Pandemic

Willy English shares a report from CNBC: The president of France on Monday said he was ordering people in the country to stay at home for up to 15 days because of the coronavirus outbreak. President Emmanuel Macron said people should leave their homes only for essential duties, beginning midday Tuesday. Macron said he was taking the drastic step of limiting people's movements in France to reduce the risk of contamination from the virus. He said any violation of the edict would be punished. Macro...
Tags: France, Tech, Canada, Cnbc, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Macron


Apple fined record €1.1bn by French competition regulator

Tech giant conspired with wholesalers Tech Data and Ingram Micro to align prices, says watchdogApple has been fined a record €1.1bn (£990m) by antitrust regulators in France for engaging in anti-competitive agreements with two wholesalers. The penalty imposed on the US tech giant is the largest ever handed out to a company by the Autorité de la Concurrence.Commenting on the move, Isabelle de Silva, head of the French competition watchdog, said: “Apple and its two wholesalers agreed to not compet...
Tags: Apple, Business, Technology, France, US, UK News, Regulators, Computing, Competition And Markets Authority, Ingram Micro, Isabelle de Silva


France Hits Apple With a Record-Setting $1.2 Billion Fine

France’s antitrust watchdog is not an Apple fan. Today, it fined the Cupertino giant 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), along with two wholesale partners, for violations regarding its efforts to restrict the wholesale market and abusing the economic dependence of resellers. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Science, France, Antitrust, Fines, Cupertino, Consumer Tech


Apple hit with record €1.1bn fine in France

France's competition watchdog says Apple engaged in anti-competitive behaviour.
Tags: Apple, News, France


Apple Fined Record $1.2 Billion By France’s Anti-Trust Board

Apple has been fined a record €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) by France’s anti-trust board for engaging in anti-competitive practices within its distribution network of electronic products. It’s the single biggest fine ever handed out by France’s anti-trust board. Apple was also sanctioned for abusing of a situation of economic dependency with regard to independent distributors. […]
Tags: Apple, News, France, Global, Anti Trust Board


Apple Fined Record $1.23 Billion in France for Price-Fixing Scheme

France's competition agency has announced a $1.23 billion fine against Apple, claiming the tech giant conspired with distributors of gadgets such as the iPad to fix prices and limit competition. From a report: The decision came from France's L'Autorite de la concurrence and is its largest fine ever. The agency said Apple tightly restricted supplies and effectively required distributors such as Tech Data and Ingram Micro to charge the same prices for devices that could also be purchased through i...
Tags: Apple, France, Tech, Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Isabelle de Silva



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