AFP: Google makes cookie opt-out easier after France fine

AFP: Google makes cookie opt-out easier after France fine. “Google announced on Thursday it was starting to roll out an option for European users to reject ‘cookies’ with a single click, months after it was slapped with a massive fine. Google, along with Facebook, has faced an onslaught of legal cases and punishments over its use of web-tracking technology, which breaches EU privacy legislation.”

Ubergizmo: Dad Takes Down Entire Town’s Internet Trying To Stop His Kids From Going Online

Ubergizmo: Dad Takes Down Entire Town’s Internet Trying To Stop His Kids From Going Online. “Back in the day, some forms of entertainment that parents could take away from their kids would be stopping them from going out with their friends or stopping them from watching TV. These days, it’s become a bit more complicated with smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and the thing that connects them all, the internet. However, over in France, a dad thought that he might have an ingenious idea on how to stop his kids from going online, and that is by using a signal jammer to try and knock the internet out in his home. Unfortunately, it turns out that the jammer might have been a bit too effective because it ended up knocking out an entire town’s internet.”

Journal of Cultural Analytics: Shakespeare and Company Project Data Sets

Thanks to Esther S. for giving me a heads-up on this one. Journal of Cultural Analytics: Shakespeare and Company Project Data Sets. “This article describes three data sets from the Shakespeare and Company Project. The data sets provide information about Shakespeare and Company, Sylvia Beach’s bookshop and lending library in interwar Paris. The first data set focuses on the members of the lending library. The second, on the books that circulated in the lending library. The third, on the events—borrows, purchases, subscriptions, renewals, deposits, reimbursements—that connected members and books. Together, the three data sets promise to address and bridge concerns in modernist studies, the digital humanities, and the public humanities. Work on the data sets began in 2014. The first two versions of the data sets were released in 2020 and 2021, respectively. The current version, 1.2, was released in 2022. Over forty people have contributed to the data sets.”

Reuters: French Court Upholds 100 Million Euro Fine Against Google for Breaches Linked to Cookie Policy

Reuters: French Court Upholds 100 Million Euro Fine Against Google for Breaches Linked to Cookie Policy. “France’s Conseil d’Etat, the country’s supreme administrative court, on Friday said it upheld a decision by a watchdog imposing a 100 million euro ($111.46 million) fine on the U.S. tech giant for breaches linked to its cookies policy.”

Coronavirus: Anti-vaccination protesters tell France’s Emmanuel Macron: ‘We’ll p*** you off’ (Reuters / dpa)

Reuters/dpa: Coronavirus: Anti-vaccination protesters tell France’s Emmanuel Macron: ‘We’ll p*** you off’. “Anti-vaccine protesters rallied in cities across France on Saturday, denouncing President Emmanuel Macron’s intent to ‘p*** off’ people refusing Covid-19 vaccines by tightening curbs on their civil liberties. Macron said this week he wanted to irritate unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting jabbed. Unvaccinated people were irresponsible and unworthy of being considered citizens, he added.”