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The CEO of the Alleged Online Travel Agency Scam is remanded

Remember we blogged on the story of 120 People Stranded in KLIA and 300 People Got Scammed by Online Travel Agency? According to Berita Harian online, the CEO of the scam Online Travel Agency is remanded for four days in connection of scamming customers on fake travel packages worth RM 2 million. ( = || []).push({}); The 34 year old CEO was arrested 11.55 this morning by the police at his office in Taman Kajang Sentral after a victim reported...
Tags: Travel, Google, Turkey, Malaysia, Paris, Harry, Headline, Klia, Announcements / Press Releases / Statements, Others, Online Travel Agency Scam, Tom Dick, Online Travel Agency, Berita Harian, Ministry of Tourism Arts, Travel Agency Scam


Datadog acquires app testing company Madumbo

Datadog, the popular monitoring and analytics platform, today announced that it has acquired Madumbo, an AI-based application testing platform. “We’re excited to have the Madumbo team join Datadog ,” said Olivier Pomel, Datadog’s CEO . “They’ve built a sophisticated AI platform that can quickly determine if a web application is behaving correctly. We see their core technology strengthening our platform and extending into many new digital experience monitoring capabilities for our customers....
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Paris, Acquisition, Datadog, Exit, Madumbo, Olivier Pomel Datadog, Gabriel James Safar


Car rental startup Virtuo picks up €20M Series B

Virtuo, the Paris-headquartered car rentals startup, has raised €20 million in Series B funding. The round is backed by Iris Capital, Balderton Capital and Raise Ventures, and will be used to continue expanding across the U.K. and other European countries. Originally founded in France and available in 19 French and 2 Belgium locations, Virtuo launched in London last Summer, and says it plans to bring the service to U.K. cities Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh later this year. The company will a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, France, Germany, Tech, Spain, Paris, Belgium, Edinburgh, Manchester Bristol, Bernard Liautaud, Virtuo, Karim Kaddoura


Paris sues Airbnb for illegal listings and seeks $14.2 million

The City of Paris first warned Airbnb and it is now taking action. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo told the JDD that the city is suing the company for 1,010 illegal listings. The fine could be worth as much as $14.2 million (€12.625 million). Based on current legislation, you can’t rent an apartment more than 120 days a year. If you want to rent an apartment on Airbnb in Paris, you first have to register your apartment with the city. The city then gives you an ID number so that they can track how...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Paris, Airbnb, Hidalgo, JDD, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, Hidalgo Airbnb


Talk in the Raturday Night Café and the Google search it inspired.

Click to enlarge and clarify...Here's a link to last night's café."Marriage is the death of hope" brings up webpages that purport to quote Woody Allen. I'm dubious. "Marriage is the death of romance" gets me to some boring relationship advice plus the assertion that it's the translation of a Chinese proverb:I'm dubious. It used to be very common to hear characters on TV (often in ads) say "Ancient Chinese wisdom" (in a fake Chinese accent) followed by something in the form of a proverb (almost a...
Tags: Google, Hope, Marriage, Law, China, Atlanta, George Carlin, Paris, Boxing, Theater, Jackson, Woody Allen, Muhammad Ali, Fake, Ali, Evey


Ship bows

A new visit to the “Palais Royal” …, but first something about the address of my blog.  I’m back to my original blogspot address. Some bad experience about a “lost blog” (for a couple of days) a few years ago made me consider using a “domain” and I got, via Google, a www-address, which you have to pay for (not much). This has to be renewed on an annual basis. I have paid, but the www-address can’t be reached: "This domain registration expired on 01/31/2019" . I spent a very long mome...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Paris, Arizona, Peter, Richelieu, Palais Royal, Paris 1, PeterParis


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Exciting news! We’re offering a new Scotland tour in September (details immediately below), and this time we not only have a ride on this, the “Harry Potter” steam train, but we also, in the other direction, have a photo stop where we can photograph the train crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Obama, California, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Trains, Miscellaneous, US


The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious Sings Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”: Is Nothing Sacred?

In the great garden of forking paths and alternative timelines there are two other versions of The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle that Julian Temple never directed. One would have been directed by Graham Chapman of Monty Python fame, but “he behaved gloriously badly to Malcolm (McLaren)” according to John Lydon many years later. The other was to be written by film critic Roger Ebert and directed by buxom beauty lover Russ Meyer (who Lydon called "shabby” and “a senile old git.”) But you do h...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, UK, College, West, Roger Ebert, Paris, Monty Python, Mclaren, Frank Sinatra, Nancy, Martin Scorsese, Julien Temple, Facebook Twitter, Rolling Stones


Global Warming Could Exceed 1.5C Within Five Years, Report Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Global warming could temporarily hit 1.5C above pre-industrial levels for the first time between now and 2023, according to a long-term forecast by the Met Office. Meteorologists said there was a 10% chance of a year in which the average temperature rise exceeds 1.5C, which is the lowest of the two Paris agreement targets set for the end of the century. Until now, the hottest year on record was 2016, when the planet warmed 1.11C above pre-in...
Tags: Tech, Paris, West Africa, Met Office, El Ni, Australia South America, Met Office Meteorologists, Global Warming Could Exceed


The Ultimate Guide to the Best Things to Do in Normandy, France

We share all the best things to do in Normandy, France, including the best museums and Normandy beaches, what Normandy foods you have to try, where to stay in Normandy, and much more. When many of us think of Normandy, France, the first thought that comes to mind is of the D-Day landing and the unthinkable horrors of WWII. While military tourism remains a big draw to the Normandy Beaches, there is so much more to discover in this beautiful region of Northern France. From quaint villages with t...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Garden, Facebook, England, London, France, US, Unesco, Normandy, Orne, Paris, Belgium, Airbus, Richard


20 Most Influential Graphic Design Companies From Around the World

Graphic design is a notoriously competitive field and it can be tough for companies to stand out. But, at least twenty graphic design firms from around the world have proven to be the best in their field, with gorgeous portfolios filled with impressive clients and prominent design campaigns. These are the design firms that clients with virtually unlimited budgets turn to when they need a brand identity, packaging design, or help with other types of design. These design firms drive graphic desig...
Tags: Apple, Startups, New York, Design, London, Jimmy Kimmel, Berlin, New York City, Inspiration, Samsung, Sales, San Francisco, Entrepreneurs, Spain, Barcelona, Chicago


A Coalition of Giant Brands is About To Change How We Shop Forever, With a New Zero-Waste Platform

In the not-too-distant future -- as soon as this spring, if you live in or near New York City or Paris -- you'll be able to buy ice cream or shampoo in a reusable container. When you're done eating a tub of Haagen-Dazs, you'll toss the sleek stainless steel package in your personal reuse bin instead of your trash can. Then it will be picked up for delivery back to a cleaning and sterilization facility so that it can be refilled with more ice cream for another customer. From a report: Loop, a ne...
Tags: New York City, Tech, Unilever, Paris, Loop, Procter Gamble, Häagen Dazs, Tom Szaky, Szaky, Coalition of Giant Brands


The 15 coolest Apple stores in the world, from New York's Grand Central Station to London's Regent Street (AAPL)

Apple operates more than 500 retail stores in 25 countries, with each location raking in millions of dollars every year — more revenue per square foot than any other US retailer The company prides itself on each store's remarkable design quality. Many are located in historic buildings, like a once-famed opera house and New York City's Grand Central Terminal.  Here are the 15 coolest Apple stores around the world.  Apple's design is what has made it so successful: user-friendly and increasingl...
Tags: Apple, New York, Milan, London, New York City, US, Trends, Thailand, Paris, Burberry, Bangkok, Apple Apple, Angela Ahrendts Apple, Grand Central Station, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Vogue Business


Activists in Paris protest against Google's tax setup

PARIS (AP) — Activists from an anti-globalization group have staged a protest at Google's Paris headquarters to criticize the company for paying little tax.Attac members gathered at Google's offices Thursday and set up a pulley... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business, Ap, Paris


“Terrorism lawsuits threaten lawful speech”

A “string of civil lawsuits intended to pin liability on online platforms for allegedly providing material support to terrorists” has mostly fared poorly in court, with Section 230 providing a bulwark against liability in most cases, “but some of these cases are on appeal and plaintiffs have filed several new ones. If these suits are successful, they could be detrimental for the Internet: platforms would have little choice to become much more restrictive in what sorts of speech they allow.” In p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Terrorism, Paris, Orlando, San Bernardino, Facebook Google, Facebook Google Twitter, Brussels Twitter, Aaron Mackey Electronic Frontier Foundation


With its Greenlots acquisition, Shell is moving from gas stations to charging stations

In a bid to show that it’s getting ready for the electrification of American roads, Royal Dutch Shell is buying Greenlots, a Los Angeles-based developer of electric vehicle charging and energy management technologies. Shell, which is making the acquisition through its Shell New Energies US subsidiary, snatched the company from Energy Impact Partners, a cleantech-focused investment firm. “As our customers’ needs evolve, we will increasingly offer a range of alternative energy sources, supported b...
Tags: Energy, TC, Electric Vehicle, UK, New York, Technology, California, US, America, Los Angeles, Chief executive officer, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Software, United States


Waze expands its Bluetooth beacons to New York City to end GPS signal blackouts

Drivers in New York City will soon be able to use Waze — and other navigation apps — in places like tunnels or bridges where it’s common to lose a GPS signal. The new capability is courtesy of small open source puck-like devices called Waze Beacons that were invented in-house by Gil Disatnik, an engineer who now heads up the beacons program. These battery-powered beacons broadcast an open standard signal via Bluetooth, which takes over for GPS to provide location data when a car passes through a...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Crowdsourcing, New York, Boston, New York City, Israel, Tech, Engineer, Chicago, Czech Republic, Automotive, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Paris, Mta


Entrepreneur First eyes further Asia growth to build its global network of founders

British startup venture builder Entrepreneur First is eying additional expansion in Asia, where its operation is now as large as it is in Europe, as it expands its reach in 2019. But, despite serving a varied mixture of markets, the company said its founders are a fairly unified breed. The Entrepreneur First program is billed as a “talent investor.” It matches prospective founders and, through an accelerator program, it encourages them to start and build companies which it backs with financin...
Tags: Asia, Accelerator, Hong Kong, Europe, Business, London, Berlin, Singapore, India, Entrepreneur, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Paris, Reid Hoffman, Clifford


This Blog Will Suck Less (Or How I Got My Motivation Back)

ofPosted: 1/28/2019 | January 28th, 2019 Let me say what most of you are (probably) thinking: this blog kind of sucked in 2018. It actually might have started sucking a bit toward the end of 2017. Maybe even 2016. What do I mean by that? Well, while we continue to produce “how-to” content that I am very proud of and think is better and more detailed than what else you’ll find on the web (’cause we’re the best!), those kinds of articles — while I like writing them because, to me, budget travel...
Tags: Travel, Google, Blog, Netflix, Paris, Hostelworld, Random Musings, Don, Forget Travel Insurance Travel


The facts about Facebook

This is a critical reading of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s article in the WSJ on Thursday, also entitled The Facts About Facebook.  Yes Mark, you’re right; Facebook turns 15 next month. What a long time you’ve been in the social media business! We’re curious as to whether you’ve also been keeping count of how many times you’ve been forced to apologize for breaching people’s trust or, well, otherwise royally messing up over the years. It’s also true you weren’t setting out to build “a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Congress, Molly, Washington, Tech, Eu, Spain, Bbc, Harvard, Paris, Macedonia


Google, Facebook and Microsoft were the top sponsors of a conference that featured climate change denial kooks

Libertycon is the annual conference of Students for Liberty, a libertarian youth group, held in DC; at this year's conference, Google was the $25,000 platinum sponsor, while Facebook and Microsoft were each $10,000 sponsors. Libertycon's other sponsors included three notorious climate denial groups, including the CO2 Coalition, backed by billionaire family foundations (including the Mercers' foundation and the Koch foundation), who argue that increased atmospheric CO2 is "good news" for the...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Microsoft, Earth, Paris, Dc, Trump, Denialism, Climate Denial, Koch, Google Facebook, Heritage Foundation, Heartland, Heartland Institute


Social Media: Open This Pandora’s Box At Your Risk

It is now universally accepted that social media is an addiction more harmful than cigarettes, alcohol, and hard drug. Unfortunately, this addiction has gripped kids, young blood, and adults in its tentacles. The entire gamut of social networks works as sugar-coated poison. Users feel elated in the beginning. Then, slowly and gradually, they’ll succumb to the temptation until they find themselves consumed by this ogre. This article aims to show you the bad side of social media. And for this purp...
Tags: Security, Facebook, UK, Technology, Instagram, Bono, Pandora, United Kingdom, New York Times, Paris, Brazil, Lifehacks, Pittsburgh, Royal Society for Public Health, Facebook Pinterest, Facebook Flickr


Chris Brown Released From Jail With No Charges, Denies Rape Allegations: “This Bitch Lyin!”

Chris Brown was detained by French police after a woman accused him of raping her in his hotel room.Accused of aggravated rape and drug violations, the singer was arrested in Paris Monday morning (Jan. 21), along with two other people—his bodyguard and a friend who the woman says both raped her as well.Brown since been released on his own recognizance without bail and with no charges filed. The other two men who were detained have been released as well.The first thing Chris did with his freedom ...
Tags: Google, Celebs, France, Paris, Rape, Pop Culture, Jazz, Chris Brown, Rape Allegations, Chris, Mandarin Oriental, Brown, Karima, Instagram Along, Ammika Harris


Huawei Honor’s smartphone with a hole-punch display is real

Honor officially launched the Honor View 20 today in Paris. Honor is Huawei’s sub-brand for mid-range phones. And the View 20 doesn’t look like your average smartphone — the company traded the notch for a hole-punch display. Honor thinks that this design isn’t as intrusive as a centered notch. And rumor has it that Samsung could also put a hole-punch display into the Samsung Galaxy S10. I played with the Honor View 20 for a bit of time, and it definitely feels different from an iPhone X-style...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Asia, Europe, Samsung, Tech, Paris, Huawei, Qualcomm, Samsung Galaxy, Honor, Kirin, Honor View20, Midnight Black Sapphire Blue Phantom Red


French watchdog slaps Google with $57M fine under new EU law

PARIS (AP) — France's data privacy watchdog has fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million), the first penalty for a U.S. tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year.The National Data Protection Commission... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business, France, Eu, Ap, Paris, National Data Protection Commission


French data protection watchdog fines Google $57 million under the GDPR

The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million). The regulatory body claims that Google has failed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android’s onboarding process. Two nonprofit organizations called ‘None Of Your Business’ (noyb) and La Quadrature du Net had originally filed a complaint back in May 2018 — noyb originally filed a complaint against Google and...
Tags: Google, Android, Facebook, Europe, Privacy, Tech, Policy, Paris, Dublin, Google Maps, Google Photos, Cnil, Max Schrems, Gdpr, Second Google, General Data Protection Regulation GDPR


Knotel acquires Deskeo, Paris’s largest agile office space operator

Breathing down the neck of WeWork is Knotel, which in 2017 raised a Series A round of $25 million, then another round of $70m, and then another $5m in debt. It says it has one million square feet in New York versus WeWork’s four million. It’s now pushing out internationally. Last year it acquired Ahoy!Berlin, a workspace operator in Berlin, Germany, after setting up an operation in London. And today it has announced that it has acquired Deskeo, the largest office space rental operation in Paris,...
Tags: TC, New York, London, Berlin, US, Tech, Paris, WeWork, Amol Sarva, Berlin Germany, Knotel, Sarva, Deskeo Paris, Knotel Sarva


Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free for Kids

In a plan to help families and reduce car usage, anyone under 11 years old will be able to ride metro and buses for free, as will people with disabilities under 20. From a report: Starting in September, Paris is making all public transit free for people under 11, including non-nationals. Preteens aren't the only ones getting a bonus, either. All people with disabilities will get free public transit until the age of 20, while high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 will be entitled to ...
Tags: Tech, Paris, Greater Paris, Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free


Boston Tech Watch: Nantucket, Lionbridge, Nano-C, Barac & Quick Base

Nantucket entrepreneurs welcome, and acquisitions abound. There are also new owners, new offices and new money in the bank for Boston-area technology companies this week. Read on for the details.—Sense, the Cambridge, MA-based home electricity management technology startup, has partnered with Swiss utility technology company Landis+Gyr to put Sense’s technology in Landis’ Internet-of-things platform, the companies said. In addition, Landis+Gyr joined Sense’s previously announced $18 million Ser...
Tags: Translation, Deals, Startups, Internet Of Things, UK, New York, Entrepreneurship, Germany, Boston, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Vc, Paris, Venture Capital, Cambridge


Global trends shaping marketing in 2019

It’s tough enough for brands to keep track of the big emerging tech and innovation trends but 2019 is likely to see an acceleration and expansion of this change. From gaming, through to voice, to AI-driven content and social commerce, evolution will be all around us. To help marketers get to grips with this, some of the senior leadership from our offices around the world have shone a spotlight the big trends to look out for and identified their likely impact on the marketing industry in 2019. Na...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Milan, London, Youtube, Berlin, Singapore, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Brands, Seo



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