Slator: Searchable Database Gives Users an Overview of Language Policies in Europe

New-to-me, from Slator: Searchable Database Gives Users an Overview of Language Policies in Europe. “The database, called the European Language Monitor (ELM), is searchable for topics such as what language regulations and technologies exist in an EU member country. It is currently divided into four databases according to years of data collection. The goal, to provide up-to-date, ‘qualitative and quantitative data, links to rulings and legislation and other types of documentation.’”

UPI: Massive data-sharing effort to help doctors diagnose rare diseases across Europe

UPI: Massive data-sharing effort to help doctors diagnose rare diseases across Europe. “Doctors and medical researchers in Europe have undertaken a massive data-sharing project they hope will aid the diagnosis of rare disease. In a series of papers, published Tuesday in the European Journal of Human Genetics, researchers demonstrated how reanalysis of genomic and phenotypic data from patients with rare diseases — when combined with wide-scale data sharing — can increased the odds of accurate diagnosis.”

Yahoo News: Why Europe’s AstraZeneca vaccine fumble could be bad news for the U.S.

Yahoo News: Why Europe’s AstraZeneca vaccine fumble could be bad news for the U.S.. “The confusing episode over AstraZeneca inoculations may have a ripple effect, clouding the vaccination issue not just for EU citizens but for at least some Americans. Still awaiting FDA approval, the AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t yet being used in the U.S., although the Trump administration ordered 300 million doses, millions of which have been stockpiled.”

Covid: France and Poland increase lockdown measures as infections surge (BBC)

BBC: Covid: France and Poland increase lockdown measures as infections surge. “France and Poland have reintroduced partial lockdowns as both countries battle a sharp rise in Covid infections in recent weeks. Some 21 million people in 16 areas of France, including the capital Paris, are affected as the country fears a third wave. In Poland, non-essential shops, hotels, cultural and sporting facilities are closed for three weeks.”

Artnet: Artists and Scholars From Europe and Africa Are Collaborating to Help Kenya Reclaim Its Art From Foreign Museums

Artnet: Artists and Scholars From Europe and Africa Are Collaborating to Help Kenya Reclaim Its Art From Foreign Museums. “There are no museum objects on view at a major museum exhibition in Nairobi, only empty display cases. This poignant absence that pervades ‘Invisible Inventories,’ which opens at the Nairobi National Museum on March 18, is the product of a years-long research project by the National Museums of Kenya alongside two German institutions, the Welkulturen Museum in Frankfurt and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne. Together, they are tackling how to make Kenya’s art and objects—which are currently largely found peppered across Western cultural institutions, either on display or stowed away—present in the African country.”

Boing Boing: Pandemic curbs Europe’s birthrate

Boing Boing: Pandemic curbs Europe’s birthrate. “France’s national statistics institute was one of the first to publish figures for the number of children born in January — nine months after the country was stuck in its first Covid-19 lockdown — and the provisional data show a startling decline: there were 53,900 births in the month, 13 per cent down on the figure for January 2020.”

AP: Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe

AP: Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe. “The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members had tested positive. Genetic analysis confirmed what officials already suspected: The highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in England was racing through the community, a densely packed city of nearly 40,000 with a chemical plant and Pirelli bicycle tire factory a 15-minute drive from the heart of Milan.”

Google withdrawal threats could result in antitrust backlash: Vestager (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Google withdrawal threats could result in antitrust backlash: Vestager. “European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager warned of potential antitrust action against Google or other US technology giants if they threaten to pull out of markets. Vestager told the European Parliament’s economy committee on Tuesday that there could be scope for ‘investigating if it’s actually legal for a dominant provider to stop supplying’ services, adding that the EU ‘would have a number of tools to use.’”

Coronavirus: What Europeans have learned from a year of pandemic (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: What Europeans have learned from a year of pandemic. “From the first case diagnosed a year ago at a hospital in northern Italy to the empty shops, restaurants and stadiums of Europe’s cities, the lives of Europeans have been changed forever. Curbs on movement have forced every country and society to adapt its rules and rethink its culture. There have been hard truths and unexpected innovations in a year that changed Europe.”

Reuters: EU tells Google, Facebook and Twitter to extend fake news watch, COVID-19 in focus

Reuters: EU tells Google, Facebook and Twitter to extend fake news watch, COVID-19 in focus. “The European Commission has told Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft to continue monthly reports on their efforts to tackle fake news, especially on COVID-19, for another six months. Social media and online platforms have come under fire globally over the spread of fake news, leading to calls for regulators to force them to do more or face cumbersome rules.”

BNN Bloomberg: Macron Tells Google and Microsoft to Get On Board With EU Rules

BNN Bloomberg: Macron Tells Google and Microsoft to Get On Board With EU Rules. “French President Emmanuel Macron warned some of the tech industry’s biggest players they need to get on board with European Union efforts to moderate online content and constrain their market power. During a call with Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet Inc. on Monday, Macron told the executives any unfair practices will be seen as an attack on European democracy, according to an account of the conversation from one of the president’s aides.”

BBC: Coronavirus vaccine delays halt Pfizer jabs in parts of Europe

BBC: Coronavirus vaccine delays halt Pfizer jabs in parts of Europe. “Vaccinations in parts of Europe are being held up and in some cases halted because of a cut in deliveries of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine. Germany’s most populous state and several regions in Italy have suspended first jabs, while vaccinations for medics in Madrid have been stopped too. The US pharmaceutical firm has had to cut deliveries temporarily while cases in many European countries surge.”

TechCrunch: Google inks agreement in France on paying publishers for news reuse

TechCrunch: Google inks agreement in France on paying publishers for news reuse. “Google has reached an agreement with an association of French publishers over how it will be pay for reuse of snippets of their content. This is a result of application of a ‘neighbouring right’ for news which was transposed into national law following a pan-EU copyright reform agreed back in 2019. The tech giant had sought to evade paying French publishers for reuse of snippets of content in its news aggregation and search products by no longer displaying them in the country.”