Lucius Fox

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 Read more from Pew Global Attitudes Project’s latest release on the “values gap” between Americans and Europeans. Our research finds this transatlantic gap persists, even while the anti-Americanism of the Bush years has receded. (via pewresearch)

Posted at 1:01pm and tagged with: United States, Europe, Global Attitudes, Pew Research,.

Most Americans believe individuals largely control their own fate – just 36% agree with the statement “Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control.” However, half or more in Germany, France, and Spain agree with this statement.

theatlantic:

Europe Agrees: Greece Is the Laziest, Most Incompetent Nation in the EU

Greece is the hardest-working country in the EU! According to Greece. And only Greece. 

According to Britain, Germany, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic, it’s the laziest country in Europe.

Meanwhile, Germany is the most respected EU country, according to the Pew Global report,European Unity on the Rocks. And Greece appears to be living in a bizarro universe where 78% of its respondents held negative views of Germany. Three in five Greeks said their country had Europe’s hardest working citizens. Half of the rest of the respondents from the other seven nations said Greece had the laziest workforce in Europe.

Read more. [Image: Pew Research Center]

Posted at 4:19pm and tagged with: Europe, Euro crisis, Greece, Germany, Economy, News, World news,.

theatlantic:

Europe Agrees: Greece Is the Laziest, Most Incompetent Nation in the EU

Greece is the hardest-working country in the EU! According to Greece. And only Greece. 
According to Britain, Germany, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic, it’s the laziest country in Europe.
Meanwhile, Germany is the most respected EU country, according to the Pew Global report,European Unity on the Rocks. And Greece appears to be living in a bizarro universe where 78% of its respondents held negative views of Germany. Three in five Greeks said their country had Europe’s hardest working citizens. Half of the rest of the respondents from the other seven nations said Greece had the laziest workforce in Europe.
Read more. [Image: Pew Research Center]

PRAISE heaven for a boring European summit. “This is my first summit without talk of default, break-up or catastrophe,” said Enda Kenny, Ireland’s taoiseach (prime minister). “We had a normal, constructive discussion.” The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, went even further: “We are not out of the economic crisis, but we are turning the page on the financial crisis.”

A new treaty [PDF] to impose greater fiscal discipline on euro-zone members and eight others (but not Britain or the Czech Republic) was signed today after being negotiated in record time. The fall in the spreads on bond yields of France and others showed the situation was stabilising, said Mr Sarkozy: “It is a great relief.” The European Union is now trying to turn its attention to promoting longer-term growth [PDF].

Posted at 4:49pm and tagged with: Europe, Politics, European Union, EU, European Summit,.

infoneer-pulse:

Europe seems to be getting all the fiber love lately, as researchers at Deutsche Telekom hit transmission speeds of 512Gbps on a single fiber optic channel this week, with usable speeds up to 400Gbps. To put this context, that’s about 77 CDs of music being transferred at once. What’s even more impressive, it was accomplished under real-world conditions, sending the transmission 734km from Berlin to Hanover and back again alongside channels carrying the company’s standard 10Gbps signals. Once built out, this new technology could operate on all channels of a given fiber. For Deutsche Telekom’s 48-channel optical fibers, that means a theoretical throughput of 24.6Tbits on a cable thinner than a human hair.

» via The Verge

Posted at 11:00am and tagged with: Technology, Data, 512Gbps, Deutche Telekom, Telecomm, Carriers, Fiber Optics, Science, Europe, 24.6Tbits Throughput,.

Alcatel-Lucent and Etisalat have successfully completed a technology trial with the groundbreaking lightRadio portfolio highlighting how it can meet fast-growing customer demand for high-bandwidth mobile broadband services. According to company reports, this is the first mobile broadband connection made in the United Arab Emirates made possible by Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio architecture over a working 4G LTE network.

Posted at 1:41pm and tagged with: Alcatel-Lucent, Etisalat, 4G, LTE, Mobile, Broadband, Connectivity, UAE, Europe, United Arab Emirates, ADR, ALU, ETISALAT, Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, Euronext, Dawlat al-Imārāt al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah, دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة, Technology, Communications,.

One of Europe’s biggest wireless companies recently started offering a new plan in France: For less than $14 a month, customers could get unlimited Web browsing on their phones.

The catch—the Internet was limited to Twitter and Facebook. Every 20 minutes spent on any other website cost nearly 70 cents.

France Telecom SA’s Orange Group is one of several wireless carriers around the world experimenting with slicing up the Web into limited offerings and exclusive deals they hope will bring marketing advantages or higher profits.

Posted at 11:05am and tagged with: Mobile, Carriers, Data, Telecomm, Bandwidth, Net Neutrality, Europe, EU, European Union, France Telecom SA, Orange Group,.

THE EU’s transport and climate-action bigwigs will not, I suspect, have been too concerned by the outcome of the meeting that finished in Moscow yesterday of 26 countries disaffected by the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Eight potential retaliatory measures were outlined, including objecting (formally, you understand) to the UN, imposing levies on European airlines, ending talks with the EU on new routes and forbidding non-EU airlines to participate in the ETS, as China has already done. But it seems that the countries have not united behind a particular course. “Every state will choose the most effective and reliable measures which will help to cancel or postpone the implementation of the EU ETS,” Valery Okulov, Russia’s deputy transport minister Valery Okulo, was reported saying.

Posted at 3:54pm and tagged with: Aviation, Europe, Environment, Airlines, Emissions, Sustainability, Travel, Technology, European Union, EU, ETS, Emissions Trading Scheme,.

For the last few years European regulators have been pushing mobile companies to slash the roaming charges they slap on customers who cross the continent’s borders. Although operators have grumbled and griped about lost profits, for the most part they have taken the hits. Apparently, though, the gloves are now off.

At a press briefing held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Vodafone boss Vittoria Colao said that it was time for the cuts to stop. According to The Guardian, Colao told reporters that the more the regulation stops mobile companies charging users what they like, the less investment mobile companies will make in their networks.

Posted at 3:47pm and tagged with: Vodafone, European Union, EU, Carriers, Telecom, Europe, Mobile World Congress,.

If you’ve emailed an iOS user in Germany during the last couple of days and they haven’t gotten back to you instantly, don’t be too hard on them – Apple has been forced to disable push mail for iCloud and MobileMe there.

Posted at 1:36pm and tagged with: Motorola, Mobile, Devices, iOS, Internet, Data, Germany, EU, Europe, European Union, Apple, iCloud, MobileMe, Law, MSI, Business,.