ROME: After a six-month shutdown, the longest in Europe, Italy reopened most of its schools on Monday (Sep 14), testing the organisational skills of the government, the nerves of teachers and the self-control of excited students. Schools in 13 of the country's 20 regions cautiously resumed face-to-face lessons, calling back 5.6 million students to their desks. The remaining seven regions have decided to delay for another week. "There is a huge sense of excitement both on the part of us teachers and the children. We are very happy to see each other again, but it is also a struggle not to get too close," said Patrizia Zucchetta, a primary school teacher in Rome. Battling to halt the spread of coronavirus, the government shut the nation's schools in early March. Efforts to make classrooms safe again and limit the possibility of fresh contagion have been mired in controversy. "At the beginning there are going to be problems," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte acknowledged on … [Read more...] about Happiness, controversy and fear as Italy’s schools finally reopen
SAN FRANCISCO/SHANGHAI/SEOUL: Nvidia Corp's US$40 billion agreement to acquire Arm Ltd from SoftBank Group Corp is likely to meet strong opposition from Nvidia's chip industry rivals, analysts say, with murmurs of protest emerging in South Korea and China within hours of the deal's announcement. Arm has unparalleled reach as a supplier of designs and intellectual property to most of the global semiconductor industry, licensing its technology to customers such as Intel Corp , Qualcomm Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd who increasingly compete with Nvidia. Arm's open approach of licensing its designs to all comers has turned the 160 billion chips sold based on its technology into a huge ecosystem of devices from smart phones to smart toasters. Nvidia's deal would put Arm under the control of a U.S.-based combatant amid a battle between the United States and China, which is rushing to develop a domestic semiconductor industry while U.S. officials seek to stem its rise. Geoff … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s Arm deal sparks quick backlash in chip industry
Not being able to travel means that I miss some of my favourite restaurants around the world with a passion that borders on desperation. And Luke’s Lobster is one of those trusted spots: No trip to New York City or Tokyo, for instance, would be complete without hitting up a Luke’s and pushing my face into a lobster roll or three. In my opinion, Luke’s rolls beat other fancier and arguably more world-famous lobster rolls hands, claws and pants down. The buns are fluffy and buttery; the rolls are perfectly sauced with mayo and lemon butter; and most importantly, they spill over with huge, bouncy chunks of succulent lobster. Yes, size absolutely matters when it comes to buns of seafood. So, of course, I was excited about Luke’s coming to Singapore. But I was also, in the interest of self-preservation, skeptical: Would the lobster be as fresh, sweet and juicy as I remembered it from my travels? View this post on Instagram … [Read more...] about Sneak peek at Luke’s Lobster Singapore: Does it taste the same as in the US?
REUTERS: Oracle beat Microsoft in the battle for the U.S. arm of TikTok with a deal structured as a partnership rather than an outright sale to try to navigate geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington, people familiar with the matter said. ByteDance, TikTok's Chinese owner, had been in talks to divest the U.S. business of its hugely popular short-video app to Oracle or a consortium led by Microsoft Corp after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the sale last month and said he might otherwise shut it down. While TikTok is best known for dancing videos that go viral among teenagers, U.S. officials are concerned user information could be passed to China's Communist Party government. TikTok, which has as many as 100 million U.S. users, has said it would never share such data with Chinese authorities. Sale negotiations were upended when China updated its export control rules last month, giving it a say over the transfer of TikTok's algorithm to a foreign buyer. Reuters … [Read more...] about ByteDance picks Oracle as partner to try to save TikTok US: sources
ADELAIDE: Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago in internet terms – the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells published several books charting the rise of information networks. He predicted that in the networked age, more value would accrue in controlling flows of information than in controlling the content itself. In other words, those who positioned themselves as network hubs – the routers and switchers of information – would become the gatekeepers of power in the digital age. With the rise of internet juggernauts Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, this insight seems obvious now. But over the past two decades, a fundamentally new business model emerged which even Castells had not foreseen – one in which attracting users onto digital platforms takes precedence over everything else, including what the user might say, do, or buy on that platform. THE RISE OF BIG TECH Gathering information became the dominant imperative for tech giants – aided willingly by users charmed … [Read more...] about Commentary: The incredible rise of Big Tech giants and how they became gatekeepers of power