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Lessons from the Roman Empire about the danger of luxury

The Roman writer, Tacitus, argued that the Roman Empire was built by enslaving conquered people who became accustomed to fine living and luxury. Technology today has become so essential to our daily lives that it seems impossible to break free of it. It's as much a cage as a luxury. Being dependent on a thing gives it power over you. To need something or someone is, for better or worse, to limit yourself. Philippa has decided she wants to quit social media. She's worried about how addictive it...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Usa, Technology, France, China, India, Spain, History, Britain, South Africa, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Ussr, Trevor

Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK’s CMA

Facebook has removed 16,000 groups that were trading fake reviews on its platform after another intervention by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the regulator . The CMA has been leaning on tech giants to prevent their platforms being used as thriving marketplaces for selling fake reviews since it began investigating the issue in 2018 — pressuring both eBay and Facebook to act against fake review sellers back in 2019. The two companies pledged to do more to tackle the insidious ...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Ebay, France, Social Media, Tech, Spain, Paypal, Policy, United Kingdom, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma

Vybe raises $2.9 million for its challenger bank for teens

French startup Vybe has raised a $2.9 million funding round (€2.4 million) to build a challenger bank for teens. The company is currently testing its product with a soft launch. Users get a Mastercard payment card paired with an e-wallet. Each Vybe account comes with its own IBAN so that users can send and receive money. If you want to open an account and you are less than 18 years old, you have to go through the KYC process (know your identity) with your parent. As for parents, they can set up ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, France, Finance, Tech, France Newsletter, Fintech, Mastercard, Challenger Bank, Lydia, IBAN, Kate Clark, Vybe, Neobank

Building A Values-Based Competitive Advantage

Some companies these days realize that the best opportunity is not to drive people to your website, but to push them toward your mindset. People are putting their money where their values are. While shoppers might sometimes be on the fence about which new pair of jeans to buy, if those jeans are sustainably designed, have been recycled, up-cycled, or push some portion of profits toward a cause, it makes it easier for shoppers to lean toward purchase. That phenomenon is not only happening in c...
Tags: Google, France, New York City, Nigeria, Barcelona, Paypal, United States, Mozilla, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Nielsen, Citibank, John Doerr, Branding, Brendan Eich, Big Banks

Consumers now average 4.2 hours per day in apps, up 30% from 2019

The coronavirus pandemic has increased our collective screen time, and that’s particularly true on mobile devices. According to a new report from mobile data and analytics firm App Annie, global consumers are now spending an average of 4.2 hours per day using apps on our smartphones, an increase of 30% from just two years prior. In some markets, the average is even higher — more than five hours. In the first quarter of 2021, the daily time spent in apps surpassed four hours in the U.S., Turkey, ...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, France, China, Germany, Russia, India, Tech, Zynga, Nielsen, Istanbul, Robinhood, App Annie

Google Illegally Tracking Android Users, According To New Complaint

schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica: Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent. Android phones generate unique advertising codes, similar to Apple's Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), that allow Google and third parties to track users' browsing behavior in order to better target them with advertising. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, Schrems' camp...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, France, US, Tech, Eu, Ars Technica, Schrems, Max Schrems, Noyb, Stefano Rossetti

67 gifts under $25 that anyone will love - from a cold brew coffee maker to a silk pillowcase

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. West Elm You can get a great gift and still stick to your budget. We've rounded up 60+ gifts under $25, from a mini waffle iron to a set of travel-friendly lipsticks.For more inspiration, check out Insider Reviews gift guides. The elements of a good present - being thoughtful, useful, or novel - aren't restricted to a big budget. But the best gifts under $25 are usually hidden in a minefield of t...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Gift Guide, Makeup, Etsy, France, Disney, Trends, Walmart, Gifts, Fox, Brooklyn, Beauty, New York Times, NARS

Bubble Watch: 20 U.S. real estate tycoons or Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg?

Donald Bren, the 88-year-old owner of real estate giant Orange County-based Irvine Co., has a net worth of $15.3 billion, according to Forbes — again the nation’s wealthiest individual property owner. Fifth-wealthiest US real estate owner was Edward Roski, Jr.,82. His $5.5 billion worth, as estimated by Forbes, comes from Majestic Realty, a Los Angeles-based developer. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Rick Caruso, 62, has a $4.2 billion net worth from his Los Angeles ma...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Real Estate, Technology, News, Microsoft, Housing, France, US, Los Angeles, Tesla, Sport, Soccer, New York Times

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Tracking ID placed on mobile device without informed consent, says campaign group Privacy group noyb, founded by rights advocate Max Schrems, has instigated a new complaint about Google's use of the Android Advertising ID (AAID) to track users.…
Tags: Google, France, Software, Max Schrems, Google Advertising

29 thoughtful cookbook gifts for any occasion

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Gilbert Espinoza/Insider To me, there's no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed a...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Kitchen, Cooking, Gift Guide, London, Instagram, France, White House, China, New York City, Jerusalem, America, Trends, Turkey

All 20 Apple Stores in France to Close Again Under Third Lockdown

Apple is once again closing all of its retail locations in France due to the ongoing health crisis, the first time since last year where all 20 locations have been closed, MacGeneration reports. France currently remains on heightened alert due to the pandemic, with some regions under stricter lockdowns than others. The majority of Apple Stores in the country have remained closed, while others such as Apple Champs-Élysées, Apple Opéra, Apple Marché Saint-Germain, and Apple Lille, remained open...
Tags: Apple, France, United States, Apple Store, Apple Stores, COVID-19, Apple Opera, Apple Lille, MacGeneration Apple

To avoid blackouts, California’s installing more big batteries than all of China

By David R Baker | Bloomberg With summer’s heat approaching, California’s plan for avoiding a repeat of last year’s blackouts hinges on a humble savior – the battery. Giant versions of the same technology that powers smart phones and cars are being plugged into the state’s electrical grid at breakneck speed, with California set to add more battery capacity this year than all of China, according to BloombergNEF. It will be the biggest test yet of whether batteries are reliable enough to sustain a...
Tags: South Korea, Business, Politics, Hollywood, Texas, Technology, News, Climate Change, Australia, California, France, China, Environment, California News, Tesla, Sport

Global shares and commodities boosted by Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan

Bull and Bear sculptures outside the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Xinhua/Getty Images US stock futures rose after Biden's infrastructure plan announcement. Asian equities also got a boost from positive regional economic data. WTI and Brent crude futures rose ahead of the OPEC+ meeting, but few expect any change to output. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Global stocks rose on Thursday, lifted by President Joe Biden's massive infras...
Tags: Asia, Europe, London, France, China, US, Trends, Tech, Opec, Joe Biden, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Brent, Biden, Dow Jones, Nomura

Deliveroo is having a rough start to its IPO. Here's how the food-delivery firm grew from being a hungry banker's idea to a publicly listed company.

Will Shu, Deliveroo CEO and Founder, inaugurates its first Deliveroo kitchen site in France, called Deliveroo Editions on July 3, 2018 in Saint-Ouen, France. Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images The food-delivery company Deliveroo just went public on the London Stock Exchange. Shares in the firm tumbled 30%, marking a tough start for the long-hyped UK startup. CEO Will Shu set up the company after relocating to London and finding the takeaway scene dire. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Europe, UK, New York, London, France, Ipo, Germany, Berlin, Softbank, US, America, Trends

Apple Says Over 110 Manufacturing Partners Committed to Using 100% Renewable Energy

Apple today announced over 110 of its manufacturing partners around the world have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy for their Apple-related production. Once achieved, Apple says these commitments will prevent over 15 million metric tons of CO2e annually, the equivalent of taking more than 3.4 million cars off the road each year. Apple already announced some manufacturing partners committed to using 100% renewable energy in the past, such as iPhone assemblers Foxconn, Pegatron, ...
Tags: Apple, France, TSMC, US India, Germany China, Lisa Jackson Apple, Wistron, Apple environment, California Flats, Overall Apple, Corning Apple, Environment Policy and Social Initiatives, Foxconn Pegatron, Manufacturing Partners Committed

Remote-controlled forklifts have arrived in France, courtesy of Phantom Auto

Global logistics company Geodis has tapped startup Phantom Auto to help it deploy forklifts that can be controlled remotely by human operators located hundreds, and even thousands, of miles away. The aim is to use the technology to reduce operator fatigue — and the injuries that can occur as a result — as well as reduce the number of people physically inside warehouses, according to the Geodis. The use of remotely operated forklifts won’t replace employees — just where they work. It’s that detai...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, France, Africa, Tech, Automotive, Geodis, Le Mans France, Herve, Levallois, Elliot Katz, Phantom Auto, KION Group, Geodis Western Europe Middle East, Geodis Phantom Auto

Google's €25 million contribution to media literacy

While navigating the uncertainty and challenges of the last year, it has proven more important than ever for people to access accurate information, and sort facts from fiction. That’s why Google is contributing €25 million to help launch the European Media and Information Fund to strengthen media literacy skills, fight misinformation and support fact checking. Our goal is to ensure that you and your family get the information you want, the answers you need and the accuracy you deserve.Our five-y...
Tags: Google, France, Fund, Matt Brittin, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Public Policy, Google in Europe, Google News Initiative, European Media and Information Fund, United Kingdom Independent, Weitklick

MessageBird acquires 24sessions to bring video to its ‘omnichannel’ platform

MessageBird, the omnichannel cloud communications platform recently valued at $3 billion, is continuing to ramp up its M&A activity. Following last year’s acquisition of Pusher, a company that provides real-time web technologies, it is announcing that it has acquired “video-first” customer engagement platform 24sessions, and customer data platform Hull. Terms of the two new deals aren’t being disclosed, although MessageBird founder and CEO Robert Vis tells me the three acquisitions add up to abo...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Enterprise, France, Tech, Hull, Twilio, Pusher, Robert Vis, Rutger Teunissen

Google promises better 3D maps

Google is announcing a handful of major updates to Google Maps today that range from bringing its Live View AR directions indoors to adding weather data to its maps, but the most tantalizing news — which in typical Google fashion doesn’t have an ETA just yet — is that Google plans to bring a vastly improved 3D layer to Google maps. Using photogrammetry, the same technology that also allows Microsoft’s Flight Simulator to render large swaths of the world in detail, Google is also building a model...
Tags: Google, Android, Maps, UK, Microsoft, Australia, France, Germany, India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Google Search, Tech, Spain, Artificial Intelligence, Software

Tutor marketplace GoStudent raises €70M Series B round led by new US investor Coatue

Vienna-based GoStudent, which connects students to tutors on a virtual learning platform, has raised a €70M Series B funding round led by new US investor Coatue. Coatue has been making ‘raids’ into the European startup scene for the past year or so. It was joined by existing investors Left Lane Capital and DN Capital. This brings the total amount raised to €83.3M. GoStudent competes with offline players like Schülerhilfe in Germany and Acadomia in France, which focus on small-classes in learning...
Tags: TC, Europe, Greece, France, Germany, US, Tech, Turkey, Vienna, Coatue Coatue, Coatue, Acadomia, Harley Miller, Nenad Marovac, Left Lane Capital, Felix Ohswald

Everli, the European marketplace for online grocery shopping, bags $100M Series C

Everli, the European marketplace for online grocery shopping that started in Italy but now also operates in Poland, Czech Republic and France, has raised a $100 million in Series C funding. The round is led by Verlinvest, with participation from new investors Luxor, DN Capital, C4 Ventures, and Convivialité Ventures. FITEC (part of Fondo Italiano d’Investimento), 360 Capital, Innogest, and DIP also followed on. Everli, formerly called Supermercato24, says it will use the injection of capital to ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, France, Tech, Italy, Carrefour, Verlinvest, Poland Czech Republic, Federico Sargenti, Sargenti, Lidl Kaufland, Everli, Luxor DN Capital C4 Ventures, Convivialité Ventures FITEC

Testing platform Tricentis acquires performance testing service Neotys

If you develop software for a large enterprise company, chances are you’ve heard of Tricentis. If you don’t develop software for a large enterprise company, chances are you haven’t. The software testing company with a focus on modern cloud and enterprise applications was founded in Austria in 2007 and grew from a small consulting firm to a major player in this field, with customers like Allianz, BMW, Starbucks, Deutsche Bank, Toyota and UBS. In 2017, the company raised a $165 million Series B ro...
Tags: Verizon, Europe, Enterprise, Developer, France, Tech, Austria, Computing, Ubs, M&a, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Dell, Starbucks

The Louvre’s Entire Collection Goes Online: View and Download 480,00 Works of Art

If you go to Paris, many will advise you, you must go to the Louvre; but then, if you go to Paris, as nearly as many will advise you, you must not go to the Louvre. Both recommendations, of course, had a great deal more relevance before the global coronavirus pandemic — at this point in which art- and travel-lovers would gladly endure the infamously tiring crowdedness and size of France’s most famous museum. But now they, and everyone else around the world, can view the Louve’s artworks online,...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, France, Germany, Museums, Paris, Pablo Picasso, Seoul, British Museum, Facebook Twitter, Heraklion, Milo, Titian, Paris Museums

Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless: How World War II Changed Cinema & Helped Create the French New Wave

Did World War II help create the French New Wave? In a roundabout way, yes, according to this video essay by Nerdwriter. Although Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout de Souffle (aka Breathless) was not technically the first Nouvelle Vague film, it was the film’s revolutionary look and feel, and Godard’s exquisite sense of how to work the promotional machine, that caused it to reverberate around the world. A few years later, many other countries would be launching their own New Waves: Britain, Germa...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, College, France, America, History, Paris, Vietnam, Facebook Twitter, Jean Seberg, Jean Luc Godard, Godard, KCRW, Jean Paul Belmondo, Georges Méliès

UK’s Cazoo will list on the NYSE by way of a SPAC, valuing it at $7B and raising $1.6B

Cazoo, the UK used-car sales portal that has been on a major fundraising tear in the last year, will be next company to pursue more growth by way of a SPAC: the company today announced that it will list on the NYSE by way of a business combination with AJAX I, a special purpose acquisition vehicle founded by hedge fund supremo Dan Och in partnership with Glenn Fuhrman and others. The deal values Cazoo at $7 billion and will also include an extra $1.6 billion in new financing: $805 million cash f...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, UK, France, Ipo, Tech, Ajax, Netflix, Zoopla, Alex, Nyse, Amazon Prime Video, Dan, SPAC, UK Germany

Singular is a new Paris-based VC firm with $265 million

Meet Singular, a new VC firm based in Paris that just finished raising its initial fund. The firm was founded by two former Alven partners — Raffi Kamber and Jérémy Uzan. They have some ambitious goals and an interesting investment model that could help them remain involved even during late-stage rounds. Overall, the firm raised €225 million, or $265 million at today’s exchange rate. If you browse Singular’s website, you’re not going to find a lot of information. Here’s what it currently looks l...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, London, France, Tech, Paris, Venture Capital, Index Ventures, Moka, OKR, Georges, Kamber, Ontario Teachers ' Pension Plan, Singular, Uzan

7 secrets the internet's best sleuths use to build eye-popping investigations against dictators, war criminals, and Putin's assassins

Eliot Higgins, the founder of Bellingcat, authored a new book on the investigative outlet and their open-source techniques. Tolga Akmen/Getty Images Founder of Bellingcat describes, in a new book, ways to parse the internet for fact and fiction. The journalism cooperative revealed who shot down a jetliner and the identities of Russian assassins. From geo-location to reverse image search, these tips will help you know what you can trust. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Isis, London, Putin, Vladimir Putin, France, Germany, Russia, International, Trends, Syria, Ukraine, Features, Paris

Weekend reading: Could you write for Monevator?

What caught my eye this week. I was delighted to welcome a first post from blogger Finumus to Team Monevator this week. What a coup! I’m hoping for many great posts from Finumus in the months (dare I say years) ahead. Trademark hot takes from the eyes of a seasoned operator. That, however, is the rub. Like all of us around here, Finumus is no newbie. Everybody writing for Monevator has to some degree already won the game. The Accumulator declared himself financial independent six months ago. ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, John Lewis, France, Marketing, US, Spain, Bloomberg, Mark Carney, Bbc, Poland, Alan Turing, Albert Camus, CGT, John Brooks

Gorillas, the on-demand grocery delivery startup, raises $290M and ‘surpasses’ $1B valuation

Gorillas, the Berlin-HQ’d startup that promises to let you order groceries and other “every day” items for delivery in as little as ten minutes, has raised $290 million in Series B funding, at a valuation that surpasses $1 billion. The round is led by Coatue Management, DST Global, and Tencent, with participation from Green Oaks, and Dragoneer. Previous backer Atlantic Food Labs also followed on. Noteworthy, Gorillas CEO and co-founder Kağan Sümer tells TechCrunch the round is “100% equity” (i....
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, France, Germany, Gorillas, Berlin, Tech, Turkey, Munich, Netherlands, Zapp, Weezy, Sumer

'Just write STOP': the teenager helping Polish women flee abuse

Schoolgirl’s fake cosmetics site helps hundreds of women as domestic violence rises during Covid In April 2020, weeks after Poland went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, Krysia Paszko, a 17-year-old high school pupil, watched a TV report about Europe’s surge in domestic violence cases, which had increased by up to 60% on 2019, according to the World Health Organization. Poland’s largest women’s rights centre, Centrum Praw Kobiet (CPK), had reported a 50% increase in calls to its domestic violenc...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, France, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Global development, Poland, Men, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality

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