High-Speed Internet Lines to Surge in Europe as Virus Boosts Demand: Study | Technology News

MILAN (Reuters) – The number of high speed fibre optic broadband lines in Europe is expected to more than double over the next six years from last year’s levels as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates demand for faster internet services, a study showed on Thursday.

High speed fibre will pass 202 million houses in the European Union and Britain by 2026, up from 88.1 million in 2019, according to a joint report by consultancy firm IDATE and industry group FTTH Council Europe.

Houses passed is an industry term meaning the potential number of premises a service provider could connect to high-speed fibre optic broadband.

Germany, Britain and Italy are among countries expected to experience significant growth in the number of homes passed in 2026 compared to 2019, with Germany expected to see 730% growth, Britain 548% and Italy 218%.

According to the forecasts, the number of subscribers in the EU and

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Factory Floors Keep Global Economy Chugging Along Amid Virus Hit

(Bloomberg) — The world’s factories are powering along, providing vital support for economies as renewed virus restrictions in some countries take a toll on growth.

Indexes of manufacturing activity in the U.S., China and parts of Asia improved in November, and Germany saw solid expansion, according to reports on Tuesday. In South Korea, a bellwether for global trade, exports rose 4%, supported by surging demand for tech devices.

The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI expanded at one of best rates in almost a decade. The composite index produced with IHS Markit increased for a seventh month, climbing 0.7 point to 53.7 as measures of output, new orders and export bookings all increased. The gauge of employment signaled expansion for the first time in a year.

chart, line chart: Manufacturing is holding up the global economy amid virus damage

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Manufacturing is holding up the global economy amid virus damage

The strength of trade activity in recent months is giving a lifeline to the

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How Airbnb Beat The Covid-19 Virus

Going into 2020, Airbnb was growing at a rapid pace and aggressively expanding into new categories. So what could possibly go wrong?

Well, within a couple months, the Covid-19 pandemic would shutdown the travel industry. And suddenly Airbnb was facing an existential crisis. 

By April, the gross bookings for nights and experiences plunged by 72% on a year-over-year basis. In fact, from March to April, there were more cancellations than bookings!

While the situation was certainly dire, the management team wasted little time in pursuing a major restructuring.  The result was that—over time—the business started to improve. By June, there was actually a 1% increase in gross bookings.

Now this is not to say that the business is no

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Uptick in virus cases and stringent measures threaten retail

  • The US recently broke 11 million coronavirus cases, forcing state governments to implement stricter measures to curb the virus’s spread.
  • And this may complicate retail efforts during the holiday shopping season.
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On Friday, the US once again broke its own coronavirus record with daily cases surpassing 177,000—pushing the country over 11 million cases cumulatively a mere six days after reaching the 10 million mark.

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Demand for ecommerce will likely escalate as the pandemic worsens.

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As cases surge, state governments are reinstating measures and restrictions similar to those at the onset of the pandemic to help curb the spread of the virus: Michigan is implementing a three-week suspension of indoor entertainment facilities and eat-in dining, and other states like Illinois, New

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What is a computer virus? Here’s how to spot signs of viruses and avoid them

an open laptop computer sitting on top of each other: There are several ways your computer can become infected with a virus. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images

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There are several ways your computer can become infected with a virus. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images

  • A computer virus is a type of malware that can replicate itself on your computer and spread to other devices.
  • You might be infected with a virus if your computer suddenly starts running more slowly, crashes a lot, or does things like running unusual programs without your permission. 
  • Here’s everything you need to know about viruses, including the major types, signs you’re infected, and how to avoid them.
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Now that personal computers have been a part of everyday life for about 30 years, computer viruses aren’t as mysterious as they once were. Simply put, a virus is a kind of malware that has the ability to replicate itself. Once activated, it can install itself on a computer, infecting the PC and enabling

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‘Chinese Virus’ Sign Outside New Jersey Doctor’s Office Sparks Outcry On Social Media


  • Several social media users slammed the doctor after a picture of the sign was posted online
  • The person who shared the picture had taken her daughter to the doctor’s clinic for an initial visit
  • WHO advocates against associating geographical locations while naming illnesses 

A New Jersey chiropractor is being slammed online for being racist after referring to the coronavirus as “Chinese Virus” in a social distancing advisory hung at his office.

The sign came to light when Annesia Paraison, a New Jersey mom, took the photo of the advisory and posted it on her Facebook profile. According to the post, Paraison took her daughter for her first visit to the clinic of Dr. Kevin Julian, where her daughter pointed to the advisory on the front desk window. Warning the patients to practice social distancing at the waiting room, the advisory read, “During this time period of the Chinese

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