Emerging Europe: History in the time of coronavirus: Virtual tours of emerging Europe’s museums. “With all governments announcing restrictions on gatherings, stay-at-home orders or even nationwide quarantines, a number of museums in the region have announced that they will be offering virtual tours to provide people with the possibility to enjoy the cultural heritage of emerging Europe without stepping outside the house. We have taken a look at some of them, and have come up with a list of the best.”
Europeana Pro: Introducing the new Europeana collections website. “Our new platform provides you with a faster experience, giving you more efficient access to the wealth of cultural heritage in Europeana. A great example of this is our updated search page which no longer requires a refresh between keyword or filter changes, making your online experience up to four times faster than before.”
The National: The show goes online: where to stream live concerts and operas. “A growing number of artists, ensembles and orchestras are migrating online for free performances – ranging from intimate bedroom jams to full orchestral concerts in empty theatres – to provide healing through music during challenging times. Leading the charge in the region is The Fridge. Known for its concert season, held in Al Quoz, the events company is taking their shows on the virtual road and have announced that its 22nd season will all be streamed online.” A lot of Middle Eastern and European artists I had not seen elsewhere.
Wanted in Europe: Visiting the best European Museums Online. “…traveling abroad isn’t easy. Not only is there a lot of planning involved. There can also be financial burdens. As well as problems that the world is witnessing today. As the Coronavirus infiltrates borders across the globe, many governmental organizations are demanding that museums, and most public places, need to be shut down for public health safety. Despite all of these problems, there is a solution: visiting museums online. Below is a list of ten world-famous museums that provide an enriching experience through virtual tours online.”
European Data Protection Board: The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes administrative fine on Google. “The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes a fine of 75 million Swedish kronor (approximately 7 million euro) on Google for failure to comply with the GDPR. Google as a search engine operator has not fulfilled its obligations in respect of the right to request delisting.” 7 million euro is roughly $7.8 million USD.
Reuters: EU court backs Google in case over Hungary tax declaration fines. “Hungary’s system of fines imposed on Google related to the country’s tax on advertising is not compatible with EU law, the Court of Justice of the European Union said on Tuesday.”
Engadget: Google searches are showing rival business directories in Europe. “Google seems to be taking extra steps to please EU regulators worried that it’s abusing its search dominance. Search Engine Land has discovered that Google is highlighting rival directory services like Yelp when you search for businesses in European countries like France and Spain, placing prominent ‘find results on’ cards above Google’s own.”