Google is digesting its third whopping antitrust penalty from the European Commission, having been fined €1.5 billion (£1.3 billion) for abusing its market dominance around online advertising. The case concerned web publishers embedding a Google-powered search engine on their site, and being prevented from letting third parties place search adverts at the top of search results. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, said this “denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate – and consumers the benefits of competition”. It takes the EC’s total antitrust fines against Google to €8.2 billion in two years, following previous findings in June 2017 and July 2018, respectively about Google unfairly advantaging its Shopping service and Google Chrome browser. Never been to TNW Conference? You. Are. Missing. Out. Get tickets The European Union is not the only one gunning for big tech. UK chancellor … [Read more...] about How tech giants can strangle transformative tech at birth — and how to stop them
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In this installment of "CBS This Morning's" four-part series, The World of Mothers, we take a look at what motherhood is like in Finland. The Scandinavian country is consistently ranked one of the best places to be a mom and praised for its low infant and mother mortality rates, paid maternity leave and healthcare and daycare systems. Dr. Aydin Tekay is the chief physician at a labor ward in Finland where every mother there gets a private room and even the option of a water birth. The cost? Less than $100 euros, and almost 50 percent of which they'll get back as reimbursement. That means it costs less than $60 to have a baby, compared with the U.S. where the average natural birth costs over $12,000 and insurance doesn't cover all of it. Tekay said there's no reason the U.S. can't replicate what Finland is doing. He blames U.S. politics. The maternal death rate in the U.S. has nearly doubled over the last three decades; in Finland they've cut it in half. At a play group in Helsinki, … [Read more...] about It costs less than $60 to have a baby in Finland. How?
The research was based on the Renaissance Simulations suite, a 70-terabyte data set created on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications between 2011 and 2014 to help scientists understand how the universe evolved during its early years. To learn more about specific regions where massive black holes were likely to develop, the researchers examined the simulation data and found ten specific dark matter halos that should have formed stars given their masses but only contained a dense gas cloud. Using the Stampede2 supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Supercomputing Center, they then re-simulated two of those halos—each about 2,400 light-years across—at much higher resolution to understand details of what was happening in them 270 million years after the Big Bang. “It was only in these overly-dense regions of the universe that we saw these black holes forming,” Wise said. “The dark matter … [Read more...] about Simulations Reveal Birth of Massive Black Holes in the Early Universe
A total of 173 sea turtles died off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, this week because of the extreme cold, according to Mass Audubon Director Bob Prescott.Prescott said 227 cold-stunned turtles were recovered from the Gulf of Maine since Wednesday, but only 54 lived. Mass Audubon, the largest nature conservation nonprofit in Massachusetts, regularly patrols the beaches this time of year looking for cold-stunned turtles, Prescott said.But this was many more than they expected, he said. "This was way too cold," Prescott said. "Everything was slushy by yesterday morning. Some of them are small. It didn't take long for them to freeze."Most sea turtles migrate between areas where they can find food and areas where they can give birth, and typically to warmer waters, according to SEE Turtles, a conservation tourism project that aims to protect sea turtles.Prescott told CNN he attributes the deaths of the turtles to global warming."The Gulf of Maine prior to 2010 was too cold for sea turtles to come … [Read more...] about More than 100 sea turtles found dead off Cape Cod
As supreme ruler of the online retail landscape, Amazon has built quite the reputation for offering an extraordinary Black Friday shopping experience. Last year alone the selection was so generous and diverse that the website went on to handle 54.9% of all online Black Friday transactions, according to Hitwise data cited in Dealerscope. The weekend was so successful for the company, in fact, that Cyber Monday - this year taking place on November 26 -went on to become the biggest shopping day in the company’s history. For the first time ever, it even outperformed their annually record-breaking Prime Day sales event. So, what deals can we expect for Amazon’s Black Friday 2018 sale? Well, the e-tailer has already started releasing several deals on a daily basis in the run-up to the big day, which this year is on November 23. Here are our recommendations for what to keep an eye on, as well as the best deals on offer so far. Today's best Amazon Black … [Read more...] about Best Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK deals today