If only somebody had told the New York Stock Exchange. Ahead of streaming giant Spotify's debut as a publicly traded company on Tuesday, the stock exchange tried to honour the company's Swedish heritage. But… "… we looked up at the building and suddenly we saw a Swiss flag. It's evidently the stock exchange's nonchalant staff who don't know the difference between Switzerland and Sweden," said reporter Sven Carlsson, in New York to cover the event for DI Digital (a tech newssite run by Dagens Industri). A security guard told DI Digital that the wrong flag had been hoisted by mistake, and the Swiss red and white flag was replaced by a blue and yellow one some 15 minutes later. PREMIUM: How to turn YOUR startup into the next Spotify Spotify was founded by Swedes Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon in 2006. Their home country and Switzerland do share common points: They both have a history of neutrality, have great skiing stations and stunning nature. But they also have … [Read more...] about Spotify: Swiss or Swedish? Whatevs, says New York, flies the wrong flag
A Swedish court ruled that an internet connection does not constitute a television transmission device, sparing Swedes from paying their obligatory media licence fee. Danish authorities however maintain that computers, tablets and phones count, regardless of what the Swedes say. A Swedish court ruling last week that computers, tablets and phones should not be subjected to public broadcasting licences is unlikely to affect Danish media consumers. In a statement to The Local, the Culture Ministry, which handles the administration of the state media licence, said the Swedish ruling would not change the agency’s outlook on computers. “According to § 69 in the The Radio and Television Broadcasting Act, a media licence fee must be paid for equipment that can receive and reproduce television programmes or services that are broadcast to the public,” ministry spokesperson Katja Just Maarbjerg said. “This has been part of the Radio and Television … [Read more...] about Danish media consumers unaffected by Swedish ruling
The wooden face, which resembles a monster or a large grinning dog, had been lying on a seabed off the southern Swedish town of Ronneby for more than five centuries. It is thought to have broken off from the Gribhunden ship, commissioned by King Hans, who ruled Denmark from 1481 to 1513. The ship sunk after a fire. The creepy figurehead - which weighs 300 kilograms - was discovered by divers in June and was dragged up to the surface on Tuesday. Photo: Blekinge Museum Marcus Sandekejer from Blekinge museum, which is set to put the discovery on display later this month, told The Local on Wednesday: "This figurehead is probably the only one left from a 15th century ship in the world." He said it was a "fantastic feeling" watching expert archaeologists lift the creature out of the water. "520 years under water....and in such a great condition!" The museum is now on a mission to preserve the wooden animal as best as possible. It will spend the next three months in a bath of … [Read more...] about Danish ‘monster’ pulled out of Swedish waters
Spotify launched its initial public offering (IPO) today at the New York Stock Exchange, but unfortunately things didn’t start off on the right foot. The NYSE hung the flag of Switzerland rather than Sweden outside the building beside two American flags. But Spotify is based in Stockholm, Sweden and not Switzerland. They aren’t even neighbors. The NYSE swapped the flag today and tweeted a statement about the mistake, with a joke that gave a nod to Switzerland’s international role, “We hope everyone enjoyed our momentary ode to our neutral role in the process of price discovery this morning.” The NYSE also tweeted, in a since-deleted tweet, that “Our flag guy was rocking his Spotify playlist a little hard this morning and grabbed the wrong flag.” The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England appeared not to be offended by the error, as it tweeted in response that it was a common mistake to get the two European countries mixed up. … [Read more...] about NYSE hung the Swiss flag instead of Swedish flag for Spotify’s IPO
In what Swedish plant scientist Stefan Jansson declares “maybe” a historic event, he cultivated, grew, and ate a plant that had its genome edited with CRISPR-Cas9. Umeå University, where Jansson studies how trees know it’s autumn and how proteins allow plants to harvest light, released a 5 September press release about his meal, a pasta dish that included 300 grams of cabbage he grew from seeds that had been genetically modified with CRISPR-Cas9. The revolutionary technology vastly simplifies the editing of genes, and has triggered many debates about whether its plant products should be considered a genetically modified organism (GMO) and subject to regulation. As noted by Science Daily and other media outlets, Jansson enjoyed the lunch with Gustaf Klarin, host of a Radio Sweden gardening show, which broadcast it earlier this week (in Swedish). “To our delight—and to some extent to my surprise—the meal turned out really nice,” Jannson … [Read more...] about Did a Swedish researcher eat the first CRISPR meal ever served?