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I Almost Lost My Career Because I Had the Wrong Passport

By Brooke Harrington

I had become a full professor and a best-selling author. Weeks later, Denmark charged me with violating my work and residence permit.

France Vowed to Return Looted Treasures. But Few Are Heading Back.

By Farah Nayeri

The country seemed to be leading the way on the restitution of Africa’s cultural heritage. But a year after a pioneering report, little has happened.

Pushed From Hungary, University Created by Soros Shifts to Vienna

By Benjamin Novak

Central European University and its founder, George Soros, have been favorite targets of Hungary’s leader, Viktor Orban, as he stifles dissenting voices.

For Sale: Serena Williams’s Broken Racket. Yes, That One.

By Stuart Miller

The racket Williams broke in her chaotic United States Open final against Naomi Osaka in 2018 has become an unusual piece of sports memorabilia.

For Sale: Serena Williams’s Broken Racket. Yes, That One.

By Stuart Miller

The racket Williams broke in her chaotic United States Open final against Naomi Osaka in 2018 has become an unusual piece of sports memorabilia.

Labour broadband nationalisation plan shocks market

By Julian Clover

Plans by the opposition Labour Party to nationalise the provision of broadband by 2030 has caused turmoil in the telecoms sector.

Under the proposal, Labour would offer free internet access to every household in the country with £20.3 billion invested in speeding up the introduction of broadband.

At the same time Openreach, which supplies wholesale access to the broadband network to third party suppliers would be nationalised. Openreach remains a part of BT, but was legally separated from the main company in 2017 on the instructions of the regulator Ofcom.

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the move would boost productivity and would be paid for by a tax on tech giants including Google and Amazon. The Conservatives described the plans as a fantasy that would cost taxpayers billions.

BT’s shareprice was down 2% in morning trading, while TalkTalk announced that the sale of its full fibre broadband business to FibreNation, would be put on hold until after next month’s election.

Virgin Media, whose parent Liberty Global is planning a dedicated company for the rollout of fibre broadband in the UK, said private investment was ‘essential’ in delivering improved broadband.

At Cable Congress on Thursday, Sir Philip Lowe the former EU Director-General for Competition, who’s now a partner in economics consultancy Oxera told delegates there were opportunities in both the UK and Germany, because of their light touch regulation on fibre builds

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases

By Cade Metz

Researchers say computer systems are learning from lots and lots of digitized books and news articles that could bake old attitudes into new technology.

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases

By Cade Metz

Researchers say computer systems are learning from lots and lots of digitized books and news articles that could bake old attitudes into new technology.

The City That Cycles With the Young, the Old, the Busy and the Dead

By Peter S. Goodman

Nearly half of all journeys to school and work in Copenhagen take place on bicycles. And people like it that way.

Matteo Berrettini Celebrates His Spot in the ATP Finals

By Cindy Shmerler

The Italian player needed a little help from Denis Shapovalov to make the year-end tournament, but he got it.

Players to Watch at the Turkish Open

By Michael Arkush

The field provides its share of top golfers. Here are seven to watch.

A Look at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal

By Simon Cambers

The Turkish Open returns to a course where accuracy and driving are important.

Nagra and Openview extend partnership

By Chris Dziadul

Kudelski Group’s Nagra has extended its content protection partnership with the South African FTA DTH operator Openview.

Its cardless content protection solutions will continue to secure eMedia, Openview’s free-to-view (FTV) satellite platform. Commenting on the development, Antonio Lee, the COO of eMedia, owners of Openview, said: “Since launching our platform, we have reached 1.8 million active set-top boxes on the market, and Nagra has been instrumental in helping us get there.

“The ability to secure our platform with Nagra solutions has given us a competitive edge over other FTV services, giving us the ability to deliver affordable FTV content customised to our local markets.”

Thierry Legrand, SVP EMEA for Nagra, added: “We are excited to extend our content protection partnership with Openview and continue securing the eMedia service as it continues to grow.

“Our cardless solutions are recognised worldwide for their robustness and scalability and are the most widely deployed content protection technologies in Africa. We’re pleased to continue to support Openview as they deliver new and innovative services to their viewers and be their trusted partner in securing their FTV service in South Africa.”

The Slopes Are Green at Copenhagen’s First Ski Hill. Really.

By Sibylle de Valence

Amager Bakke, a first-of-its-kind public utility topped with an artificial mountain resort, is the Danish capital’s latest landmark.

AndrΓ©s Gimeno, Who Broke French Open Age Mark, Dies at 82

By Richard Sandomir

With an aggressive forehand and an arsenal of lobs, drop shots and slices, he was one of Spain’s most prominent tennis players and the oldest man to win a singles title at the French Open.

Pregnant? Try Not to Sleep on Your Back

By Nicholas Bakalar

Pregnant women who slept on their backs were more likely to have babies with low birth weight.

At Tech’s Leading Edge, Worry About a Concentration of Power

By Steve Lohr

A.I. research is becoming increasingly expensive, leaving few people with easy access to the computing firepower necessary to develop the technology.

Exploring a Possible Link Between C-Sections and Autism

By Perri Klass, M.D.

Children born by cesarean section may have important differences that affect their neurodevelopment.

Swiss competition authority could demand open access from UPC in Sunrise merger

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Switzerland’s competition commission Weko could approve the takeover of cable operator UPC by telecommunications company Sunrise, but only under conditions.

This reports Swiss business newspaper Handelszeitung, citing two independent sources after a non-public hearing in Bern.

The most likely condition is that Sunrise must open the UPC cable network to alternative fixed-line internet providers such as Salt, Green.ch or Init7, according to the report. At the end of May 2019, the competition authority already asked this question in its questionnaire on the proposed merger: “Do you expect Sunrise to offer wholesale products in the broadband internet and fixed-line telephony area following the takeover of UPC?”

Incumbent telco Swisscom and utilities companies already offer such wholesale products on their copper and fibre-optic networks. A UPC cable network open to third parties would create competition for alternative providers, which could lead to more price dynamics.

With such a move, Weko would follow the example in Germany: Vodafone was only allowed to take over Unitymedia under certain conditions. One of these was the opening of the cable network to competitor Telefónica.

Weko intends to decide on the merger plan by early October 2019.

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