William Dalrymples The Anarchy About the East India Company Tells a Story of Monstrous Corporate Greed

At the beginning of William Dalrymples Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power] makes the similarities between the Company and ExxonMobil very explicit. I might have to add a new chapter to the paperback edition. THE MODI BOTS While this may seem a relatively uncontroversial point to readers in the West, it is the sort of thingwith its suggestion of anti-national collaborationismthat might prove otherwise in Indias current political climate. Dalrymple is warmly known in India, where he keeps a home outside Delhi, as the White Moghul, and the country is by far the largest market for his work. But under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiwhose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party considers the rewriting of Indian history along communal and ideological …

Excelsior! New York license plate design shows more than Manhattan

(CNN)There’s more to New York state than New York City. The fifth showed a bridge named for late former Gov. Mario Cuomo. It tied for last place. All the finalists used blue and gold, an outline of the state, and the word “Excelsior,” which is the Latin motto on the state seal that means “Ever upward.” People across the state had two weeks to vote online or at the state fair in Syracuse, and about half of the 325,000 votes cast went to the eventual winner, affiliate WABC reported. “The design overwhelmingly selected by New Yorkers showcases some of our most iconic symbols and truly represents what the Empire State is all about — our diversity, our unparalleled architecture and …

What’s it like to live in a castle?

Many holidaymakers will have visited castles this summer, but what about owning one, or living or working in one? Three people reflect on life behind the battlements. Bamburgh Castle: Looking after an icon Image copyright EPA Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong now lives on a nearby farm but grew up in the castle The oldest parts date to the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it was in a poor state when it was bought by the industrialist William Armstrong in 1894. He rebuilt large parts of it and the castle became the family home. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong’s family also used to own the Farne Islands and Cragside House Living in a centuries-old building filled with spiral …

Businesses Are Finally Stepping Up To Help The Homeless Crisis

SEATTLE ― Rita was homeless when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2016. Fortunately, Medicaid covered her prescription costs. Not so fortunately, her medication acted as a diuretic — she had to urinate frequently. If she had a permanent place to stay, it wouldn’t have been a problem. But in Seattle, where she had become homeless after struggling with addiction for years, many of the shelters closed every morning and didn’t reopen until 9 p.m. That meant Rita had to spend most of her day looking for bathrooms. Businesses, she learned, were out of the question. Rita remembers telling a restaurant hostess about her condition and begging to use the bathroom. The hostess refused. “There were times when …

Sardine tins for the poor?: Barcelona’s shipping container homes

Just a stones throw from La Rambla, the Spanish city is building 12 shipping container flats to help tackle its social housing crisis Barcelona has begun installing its first unsuitable and unsafe, and residents have said they are cramped, stiflingly hot in summer, and too cold in winter. The total cost of the scheme in Barcelona is 940,000 (840,000). We can deliver an apartment in a year while a traditional building takes six to eight years to reach completion, says Tonet Font of the citys social innovation department. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. Nasibah Yagoub, 21, with her son outside a shipping container development being used for homeless families in Hanwell, Ealing. Photograph: Chris …

No-deal Brexit checks ‘needed near Irish border’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeo Varadkar says there may be some checks ‘near the border’ in a no-deal Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said. As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU. There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added. UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October. What is the Irish border backstop? Why is the Irish border …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, Founders Fund and a number of others. The company is not disclosing its valuation — although we are asking — but for some context, PitchBook noted it was around …

Georgia to Scotland by bike for the love of rugby

Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Getting ready to leave from Tbilisi He noticed that relatively few Georgian fans would travel abroad with the national rugby team and he wanted to show other supporters what was possible. He told the BBC Scotland News website: ” In Georgia, rugby is a very popular sport but Georgians don’t really support their team in other countries. “I wanted to show that we can support our team anywhere and this was a big game – the last before the World Cup.” Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption A river side stop in Budapest, Hungary Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption Munich in Germany was also on Sandro’s route Image copyright Sandro Datishvili Image caption …

Daily Crunch: Facebook might remove Like counts

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts Instagram is already testing something similar in seven countries, including Canada and Brazil. Instead of showing the total number of Likes for a post, it displays the names of just a few mutual friends who have Liked it. Jane Manchun Wong spotted Facebook prototyping the hidden Like counts in its Android app. When we asked the company, it confirmed that it’s considering a test to remove Like counts, though this isn’t live for any users yet. 2. WeChat …

Pete Davidson & Margaret Qualley Spotted Getting Their PDA On In Venice! – Perez Hilton

As we reported, the Saturday Night Live star is said to have been low-key dating the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress for some time now, months after his reported split from Kate Beckinsale. In new photos obtained by E! News, the pair were spotted holding hands as they explored the Italian metropolis ahead of this year’s Venice Film Festival. Let us first dissect the couple’s choice of wardrobe. The pics show the comedian keeping it casual with a white graphic T-shirt, blue shorts, and Adidas sneakers, while his rumored leading lady opted for a summer dress. Clearly, they’re in the comfy clothes stage of their relationship. Overall, it sounds like the lovers are going strong. An eyewitness told the …

Brave new world: the search for peace after the second world war

The United Nations was created out of the horrors of the second world war, writes the Observers chief political commentator At the end of the second world war there was no guarantee that it would not be followed swiftly by a third. Six years of the most intensely murderous and geographically spread conflict in the history of the human species had left unprecedented devastation. From Normandy to Ukraine, vast areas of Europe had been pulverised by aerial bombing and ravaged by savage ground fighting. The landscape was a ruination of flattened homes, wrecked factories and fallow farms. Great swathes of Asia, especially China, had suffered appallingly. Up to 85 million souls had lost their lives; more millions had been displaced. …

Roman mosaic discovery ‘one of three in world’

Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the Roman find Mr Nichol, who worked on the dig, said: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved. “There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.” Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Workers used toothbrushes to painstakingly clean it without damaging the ancient tiles Image caption Roman art and architecture expert Anthony Beeson uncovered the story held within the mosaic Image copyright Boxford History Project Image caption Archaeologist Matt Nichol described it as “second to none” Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson said: “The pavement …