All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Spain’

Law That Forced Google News To Shut Down In Spain Has Really Screwed Things Up

Back in December, Google announced that it was shutting down Google News in Spain as the result of a new law in that country that requires every Spanish publication to charge Google and other news aggregation services to show snippets from those publications regardless of whether or not the publisher actually wants it that way. As you may know, some …

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Google Not Getting Rid Of News Results In Spain [Report]

It’s been an interesting saga for Google News in Spain over the past couple weeks. Google announced it would shut down Google News on December 16 as the result of a Spanish law that requires such services to pay publishers for use of snippets of text. Deeming this an unsustainable model, Google decided to just pull the plug on the …

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Google News Closure Already Hurting Publishers [Report]

As you may know, Google announced it would shut down Google News in Spain today as a new law takes effect, requiring such services to pay publishers to use small snippets of text. Google has indeed shut down the homepage of Google News in Spain, but as detailed earlier, you can still access Spanish Google News via web searches, which …

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Should Google News Be Shut Down In Spain?

Publishers aren’t fond of the idea of not having Google News to send them traffic, it would seem. Who knew? Last week, Google announced it would shut down Google News in Spain on December 16. The day is here, and as of the time of this writing, the site is operational, but it may be gone soon. The company’s hand …

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Google News Is Shutting Down In Spain

Google announced that it’s going to be shutting down Google News in Spain as the result of a new law in that country. The company has faced turbulence from publishers and governments in many countries (particularly in Europe), and this time, it’s just become too much, so the service is going away. Google announced the news in a blog post …

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Microsoft Launches Cortana In More Countries

Microsoft announced today that it is launching Cortana (its Siri competitor) in four new countries in Europe: France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. “When we introduced Cortana as a beta as part of Windows Phone 8.1 in the U.S. this past spring, she generated worldwide interest and excitement which was amazing to see,” says Microsoft’s Marcus Ash in a blog post. …

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Miss Spain, Patricia Yurena, Comes Out As Gay Over Instagram

In the digital age, when a celebrity wants to make a big personal announcement, Instagram is the go-to medium. Patricia Yurena, also known as Miss Spain, is no exception. She wanted to tell the world that she is gay and has a girlfriend, so she made an Instagram post with the caption: “Romeo and Juliet”. E! News has called her …

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Treasure Hunting Family Strikes Gold in Florida

The Schmitt family, who made national news over Labor Day weekend in 2013 after salvaging 60 feet of gold chain off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida, has struck gold again. On Memorial Day of this year, Eric Schmitt recovered a 300-year-old solid gold religious artifact at the same underwater site. The square-shaped piece functioned as the back portion of …

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‘Google Tax’ Law Could Lead Google To Shut Down Google News In Spain

Spain reportedly passed a law last week that requires sites linking to articles published by those in the country’s newspaper association with snippets – as Google and other search engines do – to pay a tax. This is being referred to in the press as a “Google tax”. It’s a new development in an otherwise old story. Publishers (especially throughout …

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Andrés Iniesta Says The Netherlands Was Simply Better Than Spain

Netherlands win on Friday may have ended Spain’s six-year reign as the best football team in the world. Andres Iniesta, Spain’s central midfielder who struck the winning goal in the final four years ago against the Netherlands, was humbled by his team’s loss on Friday. Despite losing, Iniesta said that they will try to learn from their experience. “We have …

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Iker Casillas: Not The Goalkeeper He Once Was?

5-1. It’s a scoreline that stunned World Cup watchers across the globe. But then, who wouldn’t be stunned? Spain has become practically synonymous with outstanding football over the past decade. This view was largely aided by their ability to collect international trophies back-to-back. Two Spanish teams hailing from capital city Madrid fought it out for the 2014 Champions League title. …

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Letizia Ortiz, Future Queen Of Spain, Most Fashionable Royal?

Letizia Ortiz is about to give Kate Middleton a run for her money. From her humble beginnings as a news reporter, to being the news itself, Ortiz, the Princess of Asturias, will be the Spain’s first Spanish-born queen since 1879. Slated to become a queen after the abdication of King Juan Carlos from the Spanish throne, the 41-year-old might become …

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Spanish Bulls Gore Three Matadors, Bullfight Called Off

Two Spanish bulls were the victors in a bullfight held at the Las Ventas ring during the San Isidro festival. Organizers had to put a stop to the event, as three matadors were injured. Reports say that it was the first time in 35 years that a bullfight had to be cancelled due to injuries sustained by matadors. In the …

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Princess Cristina Arrives At Court To Testify

Any time a royal family is involved in a court case, people become concerned. After all, leaders are suppose to set examples and follow the same laws they create or support. Spanish Princess Cristina caused a lot of debate when she took the stand today to testify in her husband Inaki Urdangarin’s court case. Inaki and Cristina have both been …

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Stanislas Wawrinka Wins His First Grand Slam

Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka nabbed his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday. In an interview with CNN, the 28-year old Wawrinka seemed thrilled and maybe even a little surprised. “I never dreamed about that, never expected to be in that situation and that’s just crazy … You don’t really know what’s happening, I started to …

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Google Adds Ski Slope Imagery To Street View

Google announced that it has gathered some new imagery of ski slopes for Street View using its Street View snowmobile. Google introduced the snowmobile back in 2010 when it gathered imagery from Vancouver and Whistler. It’s good to see it’s still getting some use. Google’s new imagery comes from ski resorts in Italy, France, Andorra and Spain. “From the western …

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AT&T Expands International Market

AT&T has partnered with Spain’s Fon, which will provide AT&T customers with more international possibilities as well as being mutually advantageous for Fon’s customers. AT&T presently has more than 30,000 hotspots within the United States in venues such as book shops, hotels, and restaurants. JR Wilson, who serves as AT&T’s vice president of partnerships and alliances, spoke about the recent …

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Chris Horner’s Team Upset About Media Leak

On Sunday, Chris Horner did what many didn’t think he could do. The 41-year-old American cyclist won the Vuelta a Espana (also known to us English speaking folk as the Tour of Spain) bike race, making him the first U.S. winner of the competition and the oldest grand tour champion. However, the media put a bit of a damper on …

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Horned Monster in Spain an Oarfish or Shark?

Has the Loch Ness monster been discovered? PROMAR (Programa en Defensa de la Fauna Marina-Sea Life Defense Program) is working on finding that answer after a “horned monster” washed ashore in Spain earlier this month. A swimmer first discovered the head of the monster while walking along the beach. The head had two horns protruding from it. Then, as she …

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Oarfish, Mystery Sea Monster Revealed

Nessie? The Loch Ness Monster? Or some other unidentified creature of the deep? Officials in Spain last week were left with these very questions, but it looks like these questions may finally be put to rest. The fish, found on the shore of Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, with horns protruding from the head baffled discoverers. Several factors made identification …

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Beer Contest Winner Drinks 1.6 Gallons in 20 Minutes, Dies

A beer drinking contest in Spain’s Murcia region ended in tragedy this week when the contest winner, Joaquin Alcaraz Garcia, died of cardiac arrest. The rules of the contest were simple: Consume as many 1-liter glasses of beer as possible in 20 minutes. Garcia consumed 6 liters (roughly 1.6 gallons or 200 ounces) of beer during that period. He was …

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Dog Poo Mailed Back To Owners in Madrid

After years of dealing with a really crappy problem, the city of Madrid in Spain has hit on a solution. Dog owners have been very negligent when it comes to cleaning up after Fido on his walks. The city council tried awareness drives with cue commercials on television. They tried fines and warnings. Nothing seemed to help. So some volunteers …

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Antoni Gaudí Gets a Wacky Google Doodle

Today, Google is honoring Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, best known as the leader of the Catalan Modernism movement. He was born in Reus, in Spain’s Catalonia region in 1852. Today’s Doodle is pretty abstract, as some people who visit the Google homepage today are surely doing a double-take. The Doodle celebrates what would we the artist’s 161st birthday. He died …

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Cloistered Nun: 86 Years Of Monastery Living A World Record

A cloistered nun with 86 years of service to her monastery has died. The AP reports that Sister Teresita Barajuen has died at the age of 105. She is believed to hold the world record for years of being cloistered in a monastery. She entered the Buenafuente del Sistal monastery at the age of 19 and only left a few …

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Jesus Franco Dies; Director Was 82

Cult film director Jesus Franco has died. He was 82. According to a report from the National Enquirer, Franco died on the morning of April 2, though the cause of death has not been revealed. He was reported to have been working on his latest movie, titled Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Women. Franco began his career in 1961 with …

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The Pirate Bay Is Now Anchored In North Korea

UPDATE: The Pirate Bay announced this morning that the move to North Korea was a joke. More on that here. Last week, The Pirate Bay announced that it would be moving to Norway and Spain after some legal trouble in Sweden. Only half of that plan worked, however, as the site was quickly booted out of Norway by a local …

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$1.1 Billion Lottery In Spain Comes With Increased Taxes For Winners

Spain held an annual lottery drawing called El Nino on Sunday, paying out $1.1 billion ( €840 million) in prizes to winners all over the country. The event has captured numerous headlines, partially thanks to the recession that the country has been in. According to the International Business Times, there were five winners of Sunday’s drawing, each getting over $260,000. …

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Lady Gaga Vomits Onstage Several Times

Lady Gaga must have whatever Justin Bieber had last week; Mother Monster got a little queasy on Saturday while performing in Barcelona and hurled while onstage, trying to hide it as best she could. Luckily, the show was almost over by the time she got sick and she soldiered through the rest of it like the superstar she is.

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USA vs. Spain: American Team Walks Away with an Exhibition Victory

USA vs. Spain: Although both basketball teams are considered to be the best in the world at the moment, Team USA walked away with the victory during an exhibition game on Tuesday. The final score: 100-78. However, the real showdown between the two titans will take place on August 12th, which, of course, will be played for the gold medal. …

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Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain Wins Google Model Town Competition

Earlier this year, Google invited anybody handy with Google SketchUp to make a full 3D model of their community to enter in the 2012 Model Town Competition. All entrants will get their 3D model added to Google Earth’s 3D Buildings layer but the winner will also receive $25,000 to go towards a local school in the winning team’s community. Google …

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