Tag: Italy

Google Pay brings new bank options to users in Australia, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden

Google Pay users in the States have a pretty nice thing going for them, with the service supported by umpteen million financial institutions (give or take a million). But as we travel abroad, the situation’s much more hit-and-miss. It’s far from a sure thing that Google Pay is available in a country at all, and even […]

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Matteo Salvini Likes Nutella and Kittens. It’s All Part of a Social Media Strategy.

ROME — Matteo Salvini likes spreading Nutella on his morning bread. He winds down with a bowl of Barilla pasta and a glass of Barolo wine. He heeds the words of wisdom inside the wrappers of Perugina Bacio chocolates. He drinks Moretti beer. Italy knows these things because Mr. Salvini, […]

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North Korea’s Envoy to Italy Disappears, Raising Suspicions of a Defection

TOKYO — North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy disappeared from the embassy in Rome in November, apparently in a defection attempt, according to a South Korean lawmaker briefed by intelligence officials. The potentially embarrassing news for Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, came just two days after he extolled his country’s […]

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What Does an Official Christmas Tree Say About a Country?

ROME — At the end of 2017, Italy produced the most unlikely of antiheroes: Spelacchio, or Mangy, an ill-fated Christmas tree that arrived for display at Piazza Venezia in Rome with its needles falling off. It was the sorriest of holiday sights, and self-deprecating Romans developed an ironic but heartfelt […]

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Italy and E.U. Reach a Budget Deal

ROME — Italy’s populists blinked. After months of defying and insulting officials in Brussels, the Italian government on Wednesday reached a deal with the European Commission to drastically reduce its debt and avoid being financially penalized by the European Union and punished by international markets. Speaking in Brussels, Valdis Dombrovskis, […]

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‘My Brilliant Friend’ Is a Magical Book and a Mediocre HBO TV Show

For years, Elena Ferrante’s true identity has remained a mystery, even as she wrote prolifically and gained international renown as the author of the Neapolitan novels—a series famous for its transcendent insight into lifelong female friendship. The quartet of books traces the relationship between Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo and […]

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Google Pay international growth brings new options to Spain, Italy, and Japan

We know: the best news about Google services expanding is when the company finally gets around to bringing one of them to a whole new country. And with Google Pay we’ve been pretty lucky over the past few weeks, seeing Google bring its payment solution to users in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and most recently Chile. […]

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Bernardo Bertolucci, Director of ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ Dies at 77

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian filmmaker whose sensual and visually stylistic movies ranged from intense chamber dramas to panoramic historical epics, died on Monday at his home in Rome. He was 77. Mr. Bertolucci’s death was confirmed by his wife, Clare Peploe, in a statement that did not specify the cause. […]

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Italy Digs In Its Heels on Its Budget as Europe Reaches for the Stick

ROME — The European Union upped the ante in a standoff with Italy on Wednesday, taking another step toward punishing a government that has repeatedly flaunted its fiscal rules by insisting on a heavy-spending budget that fails to bring down the country’s burdensome debt. “With what the Italian government has […]

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Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

NAPLES, Italy — Italy’s desperate need for a financial shot in the arm is palpable at all levels of the economy, from the entrepreneurs in the industrial north who are hungry for tax breaks and a streamlined bureaucracy to the welfare seekers in the poverty-stricken south, with its dizzying levels […]

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Nigerian Asylum-Seeker Accused of Attempted Rape in Italy Risks Deportation

A 19-year-old Nigerian has been charged with sexual violence and resisting arrest after reportedly attempting to rape the director of the welcome center where he was staying in northern Italy. According to reports, the Nigerian man tried to rape the director of the center in Bressanone, Italy, last Friday but was interrupted by Carabinieri police, […]

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Europe’s collision course with copyright censorship: where we stand today

I’ve just published a comprehensive explainer on Medium about the EU’s new Copyright Directive, which was sabotaged at the last minute, when MEP Axel Voss snuck in the long-discredited ideas of automatically censoring anything a bot thinks infringes copyright and banning unpaid links to news articles. After a million Europeans signed a petition […]

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OnePlus 6T now on sale in Europe, here’s where you can buy it

Article Contents With its latest phone, OnePlus has graduated from ‘flagship on a budget’ to be a true contender for the best smartphone around. Check out Ryne’s review if you don’t believe me. Open sales started in the US several days ago, but it’s now available to buy in Europe too. Unlike in the US, […]

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Samsung fined in Italy for forcing phone-slowing updates on users

We’ve all been there—a phone that was snappy and stable becomes dramatically less so after the OEM releases a slapdash update. Italian authorities have investigated Samsung and Apple for the way they develop and deploy updates to older phones. As a result, Samsung has to pay a €5 million fine, and Apple’s is double that. […]

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Amazon Echo and Alexa skills are now available in Italy and Spain

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced Alexa and Echo are now available for Italy and Spain. Additionally, developers around the world have created skills and devices with Alexa built-in for Italian and Spanish customers. Read the press release announcing Alexa for Italy here, and the press release announcing Alexa for Spain here. “Tens of millions of customers around […]

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Streets: Telmo Miel – “Prepared” (Italy)

Last month, Telmo Miel painted a mural entitled Prepared for the FestiWall public art festival in Italy. The touching image from the Dutch street artists features a woman putting a helmet on her armored son, symbolizing a mother’s love and the importance of family. Using their impressive spray paint skills, the duo from the Netherlands once […]

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Previews: “Universes” @ Tales Of Art Gallery

On October 13th, Tales Of Art Gallery in Imola, Italy will be opening a group show curated by Sasha Bogojev entitled Universes. The eclectic roster of artists have diverse range of artistic practice and mark-making but all share an interest in rendering the surreal and figurative. Participants include Ador, Ana Barriga, Calvin Wong, Giorgiko (seen above), […]

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Google Pay arrives in Italy, supports 7 banks

Google Pay’s expansion across the world continues in Italy. Seven banks are available from the outset, so if you’re a member of one of them, just add your Maestro, Mastercard, or Visa card to the app and you’re good to go. Here are the seven banks: Nexi (and partner banks) Widiba Banca Mediolanum Boon HYPE […]

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After Migrants Drowned at Sea, Debate Over Who Should Have Saved Them

ROME — Dozens of migrants — possibly more than 100 people — drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe this month after their boat sank and passengers waited in the water for hours until a rescue ship arrived, according to Doctors Without Borders. European airplanes dropped lifeboats […]

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