Reuters: EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to ‘do more’ for users

Reuters: EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to ‘do more’ for users. “Europe’s justice commissioner told Facebook, Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, saying proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.”

Deutsche Welle: Does Germany really have 25,000 castles?

Deutsche Welle: Does Germany really have 25,000 castles?. “How many castles are there in Germany? Which one is the highest? Which one is the oldest? Nobody really knows the answer — at least not yet. The European Castle Institute wants to put an end to the confusion. … In Braubach, not far from Koblenz, the EBI has started to establish a record of every single castle in the country, information which it is uploading into a public database called EBIDAT. “

British Library: A mammoth list of Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks

British Library: A mammoth list of Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks. “We have been hard at work here at the British Library and we are excited to share with you a brand new list of Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks. You can currently view on Digitised Manuscripts no less than 1,943 manuscripts and documents made in Europe before 1600, with more being added all the time.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google in Race to Deflect More Fines as Shopping Foes Cry Foul

Bloomberg Quint: Google in Race to Deflect More Fines as Shopping Foes Cry Foul. “Google faces a Sunday deadline to defend changes to its shopping service that left old foes clamoring for a new wave of European Union antitrust fines. Still smarting from last year’s record 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) penalty, Google must submit the first report to the EU on how it has met a strict demand from regulators to give smaller competitors a fairer deal.”

BetaNews: Facebook to roll out new privacy tools ahead of European GDPR laws

BetaNews: Facebook to roll out new privacy tools ahead of European GDPR laws. “Facebook has faced numerous complaints and accusations when it comes to privacy, and nowhere has this been more obvious than in Europe. In response to European Union plans to change the laws concerning the privacy of personal data, the social network is on the verge of rolling out a new privacy center to users. The upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to give people more control over their personal data, and it is due to come into force in May.”

Columbia University: Columbia University Libraries Launches Website for the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry (LCAAJ)

Columbia University: Columbia University Libraries Launches Website for the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry (LCAAJ). “The LCAAJ archive is an extraordinary resource for research in Yiddish studies that can shed much valuable light on language, ethnography, literature, folklore and music, anthropology, linguistics, Germanic and Slavic studies, and aspects of Central and East European history. The archive consists of over 600 interviews conducted between 1959 and 1972 with native speakers of Yiddish during a long-range comparative study to document the effects of physical, linguistic, and cultural channels and barriers on the geographic fragmentation of the Jewish and diverse non-Jewish populations that coexisted in Central and Eastern Europe before World War II. The LCAAJ project collected its interviews at essentially the last moment, when a diverse body of native speakers was still alive, aiming to address both the challenge of an endangered linguistic and cultural legacy, and the special potential that Yiddish provides for studying language and cultural contact and change.”

TechCrunch: WTF is GDPR?

TechCrunch: WTF is GDPR?. “The General Data Protection Regulation (aka GDPR) was agreed after more than three years of negotiations between the EU’s various institutions. It’s set to apply across the 28-Member State bloc as of May 25, 2018. That means EU countries are busy transposing it into national law via their own legislative updates (such as the UK’s new Data Protection Bill — yes, despite the fact the country is currently in the process of (br)exiting the EU, the government has nonetheless committed to implementing the regulation because it needs to keep EU-UK data flowing freely in the post-brexit future. Which gives an early indication of the pulling power of GDPR.”