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Counter-terror cops arrest pair for sending poo-smeared toilet paper to public figures

An Italian couple have been nicked by counter-terror cops for, some, er, smearing letters they had sent to public figures. According to the Italian rozzers, over a two-year spree, the 71-year-old and his 54-year-old partner sent threatening and defamatory letters to high-profile targets, which also contained toilet paper …
Team Register, 27 Jan 2017
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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

BT is to write off £530m following an accounting scandal in its Italian business, saying it was "deeply disappointed" with the improper practices uncovered. The firm had previously expected the sum to be £145m, but has today revised that figure upwards after the investigation began last October. BT said the behaviour in its …
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2017

Public masturbation not a crime declares Italy’s top court

A 61-year-old Italian convicted of public masturbation has had the threat of hard time lifted, after judges declared the dirty old goat’s favoured pastime isn’t actually a crime in the country. The case arose after sexagenarian Pietro L was nabbed “pulling his member” and practising “autoeroticism” in front of female students …
Clodagh Doyle, 8 Sep 2016

Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

Italian vegetarians and vegans face fines and imprisonment if they attempt to foist their meat and dairy-dodging habits to their offspring, should an Italian politician get her way. Elvira Savino is pushing a bill in Italy’s lower house which would make it a criminal offence to impose a “diet lacking in essential elements for …
Joe Fay, 10 Aug 2016

NASA firms up Space Launch System nanosat manifest

NASA has announced three more CubeSats which will travel on the first mission of the Space Launch System (SLS), slated for lift-off in 2018. A total of 13 CubeSat berths are available aboard Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which is primarily intended to dispatch an Orion capsule "to a stable orbit beyond the moon to …
Lester Haines, 27 May 2016
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We’re so over Uber: Italy ponders slapping taxes on workers in the ‘sharing economy’

Italy has tabled Europe’s first, and most ambitious, legislation to tax and regulate internet platforms in the so-called “sharing economy”. The “sharing economy” euphemism is misleading, as companies like AirBnB and Uber are really “resource allocation intermediaries”, and could well monopolise social infrastructure in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Mar 2016

Italian court rules in favour of lunchtime porn viewing

Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation has ruled that Fiat was wrong to sack an employee for watching porn DVDs during his lunch break, LiveSicilia reports. Back in 2010, a court in Termini Imerese, Sicily, backed the company's decision to dismiss the man from its local factory for eyeballing smut. Palermo's Court of Appeal …
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2015
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Italy: Human rights are so old hat. The future's in internet rights

Access to the internet is a fundamental right of all persons. So says a new Italian Declaration of Internet Rights, which incorporates a 14-point manifesto drawn up by a parliamentary committee following a public consultation. Although not legally enforceable, many of the articles of the declaration (PDF) directly relate to …
Jennifer Baker, 29 Jul 2015

Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

The Hacking Team pushed out a new statement on Wednesday, moaning that the only victim of the mega-breach against its systems is Hacking Team itself. Eric Rabe, the firm's chief marketing and communications officer, complained that the controversial outfit is “being treated as the offender, and the criminals who attacked the …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2015
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Google’s privacy policy: Italians probing a little deeper

Google is to be subject to regular on-site spot checks by the Italian data protection regulator under moves to ensure the Chocolate Factory complies with the country's privacy laws. "For the first time in Europe, it will be the subject of regular checks to monitor progress status of the actions to bring its platform into line …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2015
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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

Former EU digital tzar Neelie Kroes’ net neutrality plans for the Continent may be chucked out by national governments. The latest draft of a law prepared by Italy for national delegations to mull over – a copy of which was leaked by digital rights group EDRi here [PDF] – suggests replacing a definition of net neutrality with …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Nov 2014
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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

Don’t want that preinstalled Microsoft Windows on your new Italian laptop? You’re entitled to your money back, according to Italy’s High Court. In a ruling on Thursday, judges described the practice of only selling PCs with a non-free operating system as “a commercial policy of forced distribution”. They said bundling forces …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Sep 2014

STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google's 2012 privacy slurp

Britain's data cops are still investigating Google's sneaky privacy policy tweak from last year, even though many of its counterparts elsewhere in Europe have already taken action against the advertising giant. On Monday, Italy's regulator warned Google that it had 18 months to comply with the Rome's demands or else face fines …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2014

WORLD CUP SHOCK: England declared winner in 2-1 defeat to Italy

Spud-faced footie ace Wayne Rooney may not face the chop – after England was declared the WINNER in its World Cup opening match against Italy. The quick-tempered, woodwork-bothering Liverpudlian's fate was said to be hanging in the balance after the Italians scored two goals to England's one on Saturday night. Even though he …
Team Register, 17 Jun 2014

Rubber-glove time: Italy to probe TripAdvisor over 'fake reviews'

Italy’s competition regulator has launched two investigations into holiday websites just ahead of the summer in the wake of complaints from both tourists and industry figures. The antitrust watchdog said it would be looking into TripAdvisor to see if the holiday review and booking site was taking the right steps to ensure that …
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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

Google has paid up on a million euro fine ($1.4m) from Italy's data protection regulator imposed because its Street View cars weren't recognisable enough to the people they were taking photos of. "The disputed facts date back to 2010 when the giant of Mountain View's cars roamed the streets without being perfectly recognisable …

Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

An Italian woman was left shaken but otherwise unhurt by an exploding artichoke, La Repubblica reports. The unnamed victim bought some fresh artichokes from her local supermarket in Olginate, some 40km northeast of Milan. When she laid into one with a knife, it went bang. Initially struck dumb by the shock, the poor woman …
Lester Haines, 6 Jan 2014
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Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

An Italian court has taken pity on a desperate drug dealer who demanded jail to escape his "unbearable" wife. According to La Nazione (in Italian), 32-year-old Tunisian Walid Chaabani was under house arrest in the Tuscan city of Livorno "for crimes related to drug dealing". A New Year's Eve row with his missus prompted the …
Lester Haines, 3 Jan 2014

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