Monday, June 14, 2021

A more responsible, innovative and helpful internet in Europe

A more responsible internetBecause of our commitment to safety, we invest heavily in technology and people to combat illegal content, and we welcome an updated legal framework. We would encourage legislators to  provide greater clarity on the rules, roles and responsibilities of online platforms. The e-Commerce Directive set vital ground rules for conduct and responsibility online,…

Smoke from Western Wildfires Is Clouding Skies on the East Coast

The downtown skyline partially obscured by smoke from wildfires after sunset on September 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images)The smoke from the fires out West, which has choked residents of California, Washington, and Oregon and painted the skies a haunting orange color, is absolutely everywhere. It’s blown thousands of miles east,…

Eisenhower Memorial, Delayed by Design Disputes, Opens This Week

statues and memorials are being taken down or reconsidered across the United States, a new one is going up in the nation’s capital that could shape the roiling debate over how the country chooses icons to honor.The long-awaited $150 million memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will be dedicated in the shadow of the United States…
Supporting a greener future in Europe

Supporting a greener future in Europe

This week, Google announced that we’ve eliminated our entire carbon legacy since the company was founded, as well as our most ambitious sustainability goal yet—we aim to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy in all our data centres and campuses worldwide by 2030. That means that every email you send through Gmail, every question you ask Google…

China, Seeking a Friend in Europe, Finds Rising Anger and Frustration

Czech lawmaker for visiting Taiwan this month, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, received an obscenity-laced public letter that punctuated just how far China’s standing in Europe has fallen.“You should be ashamed,” another lawmaker, Pavel Novotny, an outspoken district mayor in Prague, wrote, calling the Chinese “impudent, thoughtless, uncouth clowns” and demanding an apology.The outburst…
Europe will go it alone on digital tax reform in 2021 if it must, says EU president, as bloc directs €150BN in COVID-19 relief toward cloud, AI and broadband

Europe will go it alone on digital tax reform in 2021 if it must,...

Europe will propose its own digital tax early next year if there’s no agreement at a global level on how to update taxation rules for the internet age, EU president Ursula von der Leyen said today, reiterating the bloc’s determination not to let tax reform slide in a “state of the union” speech to the…
Calling Madrid & Barcelona VCs: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC

Calling Madrid & Barcelona VCs: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European...

TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe. Our survey of VCs in Madrid & Barcelona will capture how the cities are faring, and what changes are being wrought amongst investors by the coronavirus pandemic. We’d like to know how your city’s startup scene is evolving, how…
Crista Galli Ventures outs ‘evergreen’ fund to back European healthtech startups at seed and Series A

Crista Galli Ventures outs ‘evergreen’ fund to back European healthtech startups at seed and...

Crista Galli Ventures, an early-stage health tech fund in Europe, is officially launching today. The firm offers “patient capital” — with only a single LP (the Danish family office IPQ Capital) — and promises to provide portfolio companies with deep healthcare expertise and the extra runway needed to get over regulatory and efficacy hurdles and…
‘Here We Go Again’: A Second Virus Wave Grips Spain

‘Here We Go Again’: A Second Virus Wave Grips Spain

coronavirus treatment center in Málaga, the city with the fastest-rising infection rate in southern Spain. At 12:15 p.m., the 32nd arrived in an ambulance. Half an hour later came number 33.The garbage can by the door overflowed with masks and blue surgical gloves. Relatives hovered in silence outside — one of them in tears, another…
A case of coronavirus reinfection shows the complexities of the pandemic

A case of coronavirus reinfection shows the complexities of the pandemic

The scary thing finally happened: someone caught the coronavirus twice and got sicker the second time around. A 25-year-old man in Nevada got COVID-19 in March, got better in April, and got sick again in May. He had worse symptoms on the second bout, bad enough that he had to be hospitalized. Three other cases…