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The Strange Costumes of the Plague Doctors Who Treated 17th Century Victims of the Bubonic Plague

In the 17th and 18th centuries, what we know of as The Age of Enlightenment or early modernity, Europeans traversed the globe and returned to publish travel accounts that cast the natives they encountered as childlike beings, destitute savages, or literal monsters. Unable to make sense of alien languages and cultures, they mistook everything they saw. Meanwhile, the bubonic plague swept Europe, and plague doctors wandered towns and countryside in a “fanciful-looking costume [that] typically con...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, History, Italy, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Public Domain Review, Erin Blakemore, Daniel Defoe Mary Shelley, Charles de Lorme, National Geographic Given, Edgar Allan Poe Isaac Newton


Power electronics and wireless charging startup Eggtronic raises $10M Series A

Eggtronic, the Italy-founded startup developing power electronics, wireless charging and data over power technology and products, has closed around $10 million in Series A funding. Backing the company is Rinkelberg Capital — the investment fund from the founders of TomTom — and funds managed by an unnamed investment bank in Milan. It brings the total raised by Eggtronic since 2012 to $17 million. Eggtronic says the capital will be used to develop a new integrated circuits division at the E...
Tags: Energy, TC, Milan, California, Tech, Ferrari, Italy, TomTom, Cto, Modena, Watts, Igor, Rinkelberg Capital, Spinella, Wireless Power, Psion


1.5% of All Americans Have Been Infected With Coronavirus - 5 Million Cases

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hit 5 million on Sunday, reports the Associated Press, "by far the highest of any country..." "The failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe." Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America's bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero of Europe's epidemic. Italians were unprepared when the outbreak exploded in February, and the co...
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, America, Tech, Rome, United States, Italy, Associated Press, Don, John Hopkins University, Lake Bracciano, Patrizia Antonini, Johns Hopkins University Health


CNO Neutrinos From the Sun Are Finally Detected

An anonymous reader quotes a report from SyFy: For the first time, scientists have detected neutrinos coming from the Sun's core that got their start via the CNO process, an until-now theorized type of stellar nuclear fusion. [...] The Borexino neutrino observatory is 1400 meters under the rock below the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy. It has an 8.5 meter wide nylon balloon filled with 280 tons of pseudocumene, surrounded by a tank of water, surrounded by over 2200 very sensitive photon detectors....
Tags: Tech, Italy, Gran Sasso, CNO


Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot: The First Comprehensive Survey of Tarot Gets Published by Taschen

The cards of the tarot, first created for play around 600 years ago and used in recent centuries for occult divination of truths about life, the universe, and everything, should by all rights be nothing more than a historical curiosity today. Yet something about the tarot still compels, even to many of us in the ever more digital, ever more data-driven 21st century. Taschen, publisher of lavish art and photo books, know this: hence, as we featured last year here on Open Culture, products...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Books, England, College, History, Brooklyn, Italy, Philip K Dick, Seoul, David Lynch, Crowley, Facebook Twitter, Dali


Weekend reading: Direct indexing seems inevitable

What caught my eye this week. P assive investing is a solved problem. Invest regularly into index funds or their ETF equivalents, allow your money to compound for 30 years, and then enjoy the fruits of the market’s return by spending down your portfolio in your later years. Sorted. Next! Well maybe. It’s been hundreds of years since much of anything stayed the same for long. So it seems likely to me our kids and grandkids (maybe future Monevator readers?) will be doing it their own savvy way. ...
Tags: Google, UK, London, China, Marketing, US, Bank Of England, Atlantic, Italy, Fca, Birmingham, Jeff Bezos, Republican, Shell, ESG, Cnbc


Italy: Privacy "Nutrition Labels", Transparency, And Data Protection As A Corporate Social Responsibility - ICT Legal Consulting

A few weeks ago Apple announced an important strategic step forward in the protection of the privacy and data protection rights of its users by way of an enhanced privacy feature that it has called a "Privacy Nutrition label".
Tags: Apple, News, Italy


Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead.

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. When police discovered the woman, she’d been dead at home for at least 12 hours, alone except for her 4-year-old daughter. The early reports said only that she was 42, a mammogram technician at a hospital southwest of Atlanta and almost certainly a victim of COVID-19. Had her identity been withheld to protec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Texas, News, Washington Post, Cdc, China, Boston, New York City, Alabama, America, San Francisco, Atlanta, Georgia, Britain


Do Animals Really Anticipate Earthquakes? Sensors Hint They Do

An anonymous reader quotes Scientific American: For centuries, people have described unusual animal behavior just ahead of seismic events: dogs barking incessantly, cows halting their milk, toads leaping from ponds... Now researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz, both in Germany, along with a multinational team of colleagues, say they have managed to precisely measure increased activity in a group of farm animals prior to seismic activity... The...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Italy, University of Konstanz, Wikelski, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior


Italy: Italian Telecom Provider Fined Nearly €17 Million For GDPR Violations; Google Fined €600,000 For Violating The Right To Be Forgotten - Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

Italian Telecom Provider Fined Nearly €17 Million for GDPR Violations; Google Fined €600,000 for Violating the Right to be Forgotten.
Tags: Google, News, Italy, Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz


New Imaging System Creates Pictures By Measuring Time

An anonymous reader writes: Photos and videos are usually produced by capturing photons -- the building blocks of light—with digital sensors. For instance, digital cameras consist of millions of pixels that form images by detecting the intensity and color of the light at every point of space. 3-D images can then be generated either by positioning two or more cameras around the subject to photograph it from multiple angles, or by using streams of photons to scan the scene and reconstruct it in th...
Tags: Tech, Italy, Netherlands, Optica


Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before Congress about Facebook and antitrust. Read his full prepared remarks here. (FB)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress about antitrust on Wednesday. Facebook has released the full text of Zuckerberg's planned prepared remarks, and you can read it below. Facing scrutiny over his company's power and dominance, the technology exec will argue that heavy-handed regulation will only benefit China. Zuckerberg is to argue that Facebook still faces considerable competition. The CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and Google will also testify at the unprecedented hearing. F...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Cdc, China, US, America, Trends, United States, Italy, Vr, Ar, Ai, Carnegie Mellon University


Google is building a new private subsea cable between Europe and the U.S.

Google today announced its plans to build a new subsea cable with landing points in New York in the U.S. and Bude, UK and Bilbao, Spain in Europe. The new cable, named after the pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper, will join Google’s various other private subsea cables like Curie between the U.S. and South America, Dunant between the U.S. and France, and Equiano between Europe and Africa. The new cable is scheduled to go online in 2022 and will be built by SubCom, which Google also con...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Europe, UK, New York, Technology, France, India, Africa, Israel, Spain, Companies, United States, Oceans


Giant Waves of Sand Are Moving On Mars

"Researchers have spotted large waves of martian sand migrating for the first time," reports Science magazine. "The discovery dispels the long-held belief that these 'megaripples' haven't moved since they formed hundreds of thousands of years ago. They're also evidence of stronger-than-expected winds on the Red Planet." It's pretty staggering that humans can detect these changes on Mars, says Ralph Lorenz, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory who w...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Italy, Mars, Naples, Journal of Geophysical Research, Ralph Lorenz, Simone Silvestro, National Institute of Astrophysics, Mars Megaripples, Jim Zimbelman, Smithsonian Institution s Air, Megaripples


WeWork is looking to pull off a huge turnaround. Here's the latest on key enterprise deals at the coworking giant.

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. Real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani started as CEO in February. WeWork Chairman Marcelo Claure told the Financial Times earlier this month that the company was on track to be cash-flow positive in 2021, thanks to aggressive cost cutting and a boost in demand from companies seeking flexible office arrangements because of the pandemic.  Mean...
Tags: Google, UK, New York, Stanford, Softbank, New York City, US, Trends, Kanye West, Italy, Manhattan, Brookfield, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, WeWork


Weekend reading: Just the links, ma’am

What caught my eye this week. S orry guys, I am up against it this evening so no devastating hot take preamble from me today. As ever though, thoughtful responses on the articles featured this week are more than welcome in the comments. Have a great weekend! From Monevator Should you hold cash instead of bonds? – Monevator From the archive-ator: Reasons to rent a house instead of buying – Monevator News Note: Some links are Google search results – in PC/desktop view you can click to rea...
Tags: Google, UK, England, Marketing, America, Eu, Bbc, Britain, New York Times, Italy, Warren Buffett, Bill Ackman, Usa Today, Vox, Robinhood, Marina Hyde


Revisit Six of Elton John’s Most Iconic Concerts, Streaming in Their Entirety for 72 Hours

Just as Bohemian Rhapsody introduced Freddy Mercury to an unsuspecting generation of young fans, last year’s Elton John biopic, Rocketman, has netted its subject a host of fresh admirers. John's newest fans were born into a far different world than the one that was astounded when he declared, in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone, that he was bisexual. Now a knight (the first openly gay musician to be so anointed), Sir Elton is using his enormous public platform to encourage youth who m...
Tags: Travel, Google, Music, England, College, Italy, Elton John, Brazil, Edinburgh, John, Henrik Ibsen, Elton, Madison Square Garden, Facebook Twitter, Freddy Mercury, Elton John AIDS Foundation


Apple and Amazon Under Investigation By Italian Watchdog for Alleged Price Fixing

Apple and Amazon are under investigation by Italy's antitrust regulator over allegations that the two companies have been blocking the sale of Apple and Beats devices to resellers in order to stifle competition (via Reuters). The L'Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) is looking into the allegation, which has been made by legal but unauthorized resellers who could theoretically sell the hardware at a discounted price. In a press release (translated) today spotted by setteBI...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Italy, Antitrust, Authority, Reuters, AGCM, Mercato AGCM, ACGM


UK Bans Huawei From 5G Network, Raising Tensions With China

Britain announced on Tuesday that it would ban equipment from the Chinese technology giant Huawei from the country's high-speed wireless network, a victory for the Trump administration and a reversal of an earlier decision that underscores how technology has taken center stage in the deepening divide between Western powers and China. From a report: In January Britain said that Huawei equipment could be used in its new 5G network on a limited basis. But since then Prime Minister Boris Johnson has...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, China, Tech, Beijing, Britain, United States, Paris, Italy, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Huawei, Trump, Britain France Germany, Robert O Brien, Oliver Dowden


WeWork is looking to pull off a huge turnaround. Here's the latest on exec moves and key enterprise deals at the coworking giant.

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. Real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani started as CEO in February. In April, investor SoftBank backed out of its plan to buy $3 billion worth of WeWork shares, including nearly $1 billion from Neumann. You can read our stories by subscribing to Business Insider. Here's everything we know about what's going on inside WeWork: Latest news W...
Tags: Google, UK, New York, Stanford, Softbank, New York City, US, Trends, Kanye West, Italy, Manhattan, Brookfield, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Ufc


France To Introduce Controversial Age Verification System For Adult Websites

The French Parliament unanimously agreed this week to introduce a nationwide age verification system for pornography websites, months after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to protect children against such content. From a report: Macron made the protection of children against adult content online a high-profile issue well before the coronavirus crisis hit. In January, tech companies, internet services providers and the adult movies industry signed a voluntary charter, pledging to roll out tools...
Tags: France, Senate, Tech, Eu, Italy, Parliament, Emmanuel Macron, Macron


U.S. government may finalize ban on federal contractors using equipment from Huawei this week

The Trump administration is set to finalize regulations this week that ban the United States government from working with contractors who use technology from five Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera Communications, according to a Reuters report. The ban was first introduced as a provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that prevents government agencies from signing contracts with companies that use equipment, services and systems from Huawei, ZTE, Hy...
Tags: TC, Tech, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Huawei, ZTE, U.s. Government, Trump, Reuters, Hikvision, Dahua, Hytera, Telecom Italia TIM


US government may finalize ban on federal contractors using equipment from Huawei this week

The Trump administration is set to finalize regulations this week that ban the United States government from working with contractors who use technology from five Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera Communications, according to a Reuters report. The ban was first introduced as a provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that prevents government agencies from signing contracts with companies that use equipment, services and systems from Huawei, ZTE, Hy...
Tags: TC, Government, US, Tech, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Huawei, ZTE, U.s. Government, Trump, Reuters, Hikvision, Dahua


Coronavirus impact sends app downloads, usage and consumer spending to record highs in Q2

As the world continued to cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the second quarter of 2020 became the largest yet for mobile app downloads, usage, and consumer spending. According to new data from app store intelligence firm App Annie, mobile app usage grew 40% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2020, even hitting an all-time high of over 200 billion hours during April. Consumer spending in apps, meanwhile, hit a record high of $27 billion in the second quarter. And app download...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Disney, Tech, Italy, Brazil


Strive School wants to increase the number of job-ready software engineers in Europe

College in the United States is expensive and, for many, comes with massive student debt. The price tag has led to the increase of coding bootcamps and alternative schooling options to help students gain employment, and a salary, without taking on millions of dollars in debt. In Europe, the picture looks vastly different: A majority of universities are low-cost or free to attend. Students have to front the cost of living, textbooks and other externalities, but overall education in Europe come...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Europe, Education, Berlin, Tech, United States, Italy, Coding, Denmark, Lambda, Blair, De Angelis, Trieste Italy, Lambda School, Jomayra Herrera


K Fund has another €70M to back early-stage Spanish startups and is launching a pre-seed program

K Fund is officially outing its fund II today, which sits at €70 million, up from €50 million the first time around. The remit remains the same, however: targeting Spanish startups with an international outlook, the seed-stage firm plans to invest from €200,000 to €2 million, writing first checks in 25-30 companies. A portion of the fund will also be set aside for follow-on funding for the most promising of its portfolio. “We’re business model and sector agnostic, and we currently have a healthy...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, Tech, Italy, Portugal, Southern Europe, K Fund, Jaime Novoa, Heartcore Capital K Fund, Dubbed K Founders


Break Out of a Golden Cage

By Federica D’Armento & Tony McGaharan Picture this. You’ve a job at “the best place to work”, and then you start experiencing those mixed feelings like in a love-hate relationship, until you decide to leave. This is actually what we went through at Google. At some point it felt like being in Groundhog Day – living the same day over and over again. The challenge was not to become the cynical “we’ve been always doing it like this”.Too often we spent time marketing ourselves, and then asking “w...
Tags: Google, Asia, London, Entrepreneurship, Singapore, Uncategorized, Inspiration, Noah, Italy, Innovation, Belfast, Dublin, Clarity, Talent, Purpose, Coaching


LendingTree Study Ranks the Most Valuable Cities in America

Charlotte, NC – July 1, 2020 (PRNewswire) Real estate wealth is not evenly distributed across the country and is largely concentrated in large cities. But it begs the question: What are the most valuable cities in America? To find out, LendingTree analyzed the total value of residential real estate in American cities. The real estate values come from the My LendingTree property value database, which is a collection of real estate data of more than 155 million U.S. properties. The total value of ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Real Estate, New York, News, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Washington, Mexico, Boston, Milwaukee, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Qatar


Microsoft to distribute $20M in grants to non-profits, offers free skills training via LinkedIn

The COVID-19 global health pandemic has had an almost immeasurable negative impact on the wider economy. Specifically in the job market, there have been millions of job losses, and in the US alone unemployment numbers like these have not been seen since the Great Depression. Now, tech companies are slowly stepping up to try to address the crisis, and the latest development on that front comes from Microsoft. The company today announced a wide-ranging, global portal for free skills training for p...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, India, Africa, US, Linkedin, Tech, Canada, Italy, National Urban League, Nasscom Foundation, Trust for the Americas Fondazione Mundo Digitale


Microsoft to distribute $20M in grants to nonprofits, offers free skills training via LinkedIn

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an almost immeasurable negative impact on the wider economy. Specifically in the job market, there have been millions of job losses, and in the U.S. alone unemployment numbers like these have not been seen since the Great Depression. Now, tech companies are slowly stepping up to try to address the crisis, and the latest development on that front comes from Microsoft. The company today announced a wide-ranging, global portal for free skills training for people who ar...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Jobs, Microsoft, India, Africa, Linkedin, Tech, Diversity, Canada, Italy, Nonprofits, Training And Education, Grants, National Urban League



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