All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Sweden’

Will U.S. Cable Companies Embrace Netflix?

Netflix has been achieving all kinds of new milestones. Its original shows were able to garner a total of fourteen nominations (while also managing to win a few), marking the historical entrance of online video into the television awards. Earlier this month, a deal with Virgin Media was announced marking the first time a cable company would offer Netflix to …

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Sweden’s King Celebrates 40 Years On the Throne

On Sunday, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrated 40 years on the throne with a dance in the Stockholm Royal Palace Courtyard. Other weekend festivities included a dinner and concert on Saturday evening and a Sunday morning church service in the palace chapel. Dignitaries from nearby Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway attended the church service. The king is 67 …

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Toys “R” Us, UK, to Stop Gender-Based Marketing

Toys “R” Us, UK, this week joined a number of other British retailers in supporting the Let Toys Be Toys campaign with plans to stop explicit gender-based marketing. Toys “R” Us Managing Director Roger McLaughlan said, “We will work with the Let Toys Be Toys team to ensure we develop the best plan for our customers.” Let Toys Be Toys …

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Swedish Scientists Accidentally Create Upsalite

Like the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming, many of humanity’s coolest and most useful discoveries seem to happen by sheer accident or human error. This particular discovery is one for the history books: scientists have been trying for a long time to create magnesium carbonate for use as a water absorber, and for a while they were convinced that …

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Teen Fitness Linked to Lower Suicide Risks, Shows Study

A new study has found that being fit as a teenager could be linked to a reduced risk of suicide as an adult. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg looked at a study of over 1.1 million Swedish men born between 1950 and 1987 who completed their mandatory physical exam for compulsory military service, comparing their results to Sweden‘s national …

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Sweden Joins An Increasing Number Of European Countries That Ban Bestiality

Bestiality, or zoophilia, is still kind of legal in many parts of the world. That’s slowly changing, however, as more countries begin to adopt laws that ban the practice in all its forms. The latest to do so is Sweden. The Swedish government indicated today that it will impose a total ban on bestiality starting January 1, 2014. The previous …

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Facebook’s Luleå, Sweden Data Center Goes Live

Facebook’s newest and most efficient and sustainable data center is now live. The data center in Luleå, Sweden has just begun to handle live traffic from around the world, according to Facebook. The Luleå data center is Facebook’s first center outside the U.S. Facebook first announced the data center way back in October of 2011. Facebook said that they chose …

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IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad Steps Down, Leaves Son in Charge

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA this week announced that company founder Ingvar Kamprad has stepped down from the company’s board of directors. As the 87-year-old Kamprad steps down, so has IKEA’s 70-year-old chairman, Per Ludvigsson. Kamprad’s son, Mathias Kamprad, has been appointed the new chairman of the board of Inter IKEA Holding SA. “I feel honoured and excited about my new …

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Your Facebook Likes Won’t Save Lives Says Powerful New UNICEF Campaign

According to UNICEF, 19,000 children die every day from preventable causes. And your Facebook like isn’t going to save a one of them. The United Nations Children’s Fund Sweden division is calling people out with a powerful new ad campaign: we need money for polio vaccines and your slacktivism isn’t helping. “Like is on Facebook, and we will vaccinate zero …

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The Pirate Bay Moves Its Domain To Greenland

In early 2012, The Pirate Bay moved from its traditional .org domain to a .se domain to avoid the fate that befell Megaupload. For over a year now, The Pirate Bay has not moved from this domain, even when it was blocked in the UK and other European countries. That all changes today, however, as the most infamous site on …

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Sweden Axes the Word ‘Ungoogleable’ After Google Intervenes

Google has successfully pressured the Swedish Language Council to remove a new word because it risks turning “google” into a generic term. It’s a testament to Google’s dominance that most people simply say “google it” when they really mean “search it.” Because of this market domination, it’s completely understandable that a word like “ogooglebar” would emerge in the Swedish language. …

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Nearly 2,500 Swedes Form Giant Human Facebook Like on Ice

Ever wondered what nearly 2,500 people standing on a frozen lake in the shape of a Facebook “like” looks like? Of course you have. Well, wonder no more. In an attempt to set a world record, 2.493 residents of Luleå, Sweden gathered atop a frozen lake in the shape of a giant Facebook thumbs up. The Luleå residents were actually …

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