New Indian Express: After France, Italy to slap Internet giants like Amazon, Google with ‘digital tax’. “Italy is to slap internet giants such as Amazon and Google with a three-per cent tax, according to its proposed budget submitted to the European Commission on Wednesday. The tax would be applied to companies with sales of over 750 million euros (USD 830 million), of which at least 5.5 million euros come from services provided in Italy, according to Italian media reports.”
Il Globo: Sardinian town bans the use of Google Maps. “The mayor of Baunei, in the Ogliastra area of the southern Italian island, said people keep getting lost or stuck after Google Maps directed them down treacherous roads and onto rough hiking tracks.”
Nerd4 .life: WunderBO, a new online video game that promotes Bologna and its museums. “WunderBOi s a game to learn about and explore the cultural heritage of Bologna, an adventure full of puzzles, trivia and hidden object in which the player is called to collect the remains coming from the Medieval Civic Museum and the Museum of Palazzo Poggi in Bologna for the descrambling of a real Wunderkammer , or ‘wonder room’ (the Wunderkammer is unfenomeno collectors of the seventeenth century, typical of the area, cultural centre-european mixed natural and artificial objects, with a particular penchant for the bizarre and the wonderful).”
The Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish Institutions In Search Of Historical Amateur Movies. “Between July 1 and October 2, anyone who possesses amateur movies documenting Italian Jewish life, from before and in the aftermath of the Holocaust, is invited to reach out so that the material can be digitized and catalogued. ‘It is very hard to find footage as valuable as those filmed by Di Segni, or by the Ovazza family, shot between 1930 and 1936,’ CDEC director Gadi Luzzatto Voghera told the Italian Jewish paper Pagine Ebraiche on Monday. ‘For this reason, we are interested also in films from the period after the war.'”
Neowin: Italy imposes €1m fine on Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal. “Garante Privacy, the official data protection authority in Italy, has found Facebook guilty of crimes committed under the Cambridge Analytica case for which it has issued a penalty of €1m to the social-media behemoth. The protective authority imposes blame on the company for breaching Italian privacy laws pertaining to user data. The fine in question has been charged based on the previous legislation, as the relevant privacy laws were updated in January earlier this year.” €1 million euros is a bit over $1.3 million USD.
CNET: Twitter makes students dumb, study finds. “Using Twitter to teach literature is producing lower test scores, a study has found, especially for usually high-performing students. Performance on a standardized test score was reduced by between 25% and 40% of a standard deviation, the paper (PDF) published this month said.” I admit I’m pretty surprised by this.
CNET: Facebook fined $11.4M in Italy over data misuse. “Italy’s Competition Authority on Friday slapped Facebook with two fines that total 10 million euros ($11.4M) for using people’s data for commercial purposes in ways that break the country’s laws.”