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Barcelona Council abandons Microsoft for open-source software

The Spanish city of Barcelona has announced it will phase out its use of Microsoft software in favour of open-source alternatives. Over the next few years, the city will transition away from Microsoft's services to guarantee its "technical sovereignty."

Republican senator slams Trump for Stalin-like attacks on media

Washington - A maverick senator from Donald Trump's own Republican party launched a stinging attack on the president on Wednesday, accusing him of employing Stalinist language to attack and undermine the free press.

Merkel and Kurz clash over migrant quota

Berlin - Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz clashed over immigration in their first meeting Wednesday, with the seasoned German chancellor saying Vienna's resistance to sharing out refugees across the bloc was "wrong".

Poland jails Belarussians who stripped naked at Auschwitz

Warsaw - A Polish court on Wednesday jailed the organisers of an anti-war stunt that saw a dozen people strip naked last year at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau before one of them slaughtered a lamb.

New York musicians remember The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Special

Singers and bands from various genres of music took some time from their schedule to pay tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries.

Dow Jones breaks through 26,000 but ends lower January 16

New York - Just in the past seven trading days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose from 25,000 all the way to over 26,000 for a brief period on January 16 but gave back all its gains and ended up below its open at the close.

Penelope Lagos discusses children's book 'I Miss My Best Friend' Special

Author Penelope Lagos chatted with Digital Journal about her new children's book "I Miss My Best Friend," as well as the digital transformation of the book publishing industry.

Dylan Matthew talks new single 'Forever & Always' Special

Singer Dylan Matthew chatted with Digital Journal about his moving song "Forever & Always." He also opened up about his views on how technology has impacted the music business.

Pro-choice Poles rally nationwide on 'Black Wednesday'

Warsaw - Women's rights groups and pro-choice activists held rallies across Poland on Wednesday to protest moves to further restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country.

IRENA — Cost of all types of clean energy will continue to fall

Abu Dabi - According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), all types of clean energy — which by definition includes bioenergy-for-power and hydropower — will fall within the cost range of fossil fuels within the next two years.

Bitcoin slides to below $10,000

London - Bitcoin, the dominant digital currency, extended a slump Wednesday following a recent surge to trade below $10,000 for the first time since the start of December.Around 1410 GMT, bitcoin stood at $9,807.

Samsung offers 'retail-as-a-service' rentable IoT pop-up store

Samsung's announced a connected pop-up store solution that will be available for retailers to rent. Retailers will be able to hire a "Connected Space" when they want a pop-up brick-and-mortar location "infused" with data collection and analysis functions.

In rare show of unity, cloud firms team up to patch Meltdown bugs

Rival cloud providers are collaborating online as they develop patches for the Meltdown and Spectre processor flaws. Faced with incomplete information from Intel and other hardware vendors, "second-tier" companies are choosing to help each other.

Macedonian President vetoes law boosting Albanian language

Skopje - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov vetoed Wednesday a law giving greater status to the Albanian language in the Balkan country, saying it could endanger its "unity and sovereignty".

Business Process Management is central to digital transformation

Companies undertaking the digital transformation journey should be focusing on Business Process Management, as a central plank for the process according to some analysts. One downside is with pinning down what this management approach involves.

EU accuses Russia of 'orchestrated' disinformation campaign

Strasbourg - The European Union on Wednesday accused Russia of pumping out thousands of pieces of disinformation in an "orchestrated strategy" aimed at destabilising the bloc.

Trump says Russia undermining N.Korea sanctions

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Russia of undermining international sanctions against North Korea and weakening efforts to curb Kim Jong-Un's nuclear weapons program.

Brigitte Bardot slams #MeToo 'publicity-seeking' actresses

Paris - French film legend Brigitte Bardot attacked the #MeToo movement Wednesday, claiming that actresses who complain of sexual harassment were just looking for publicity.

Nine members of National Parks board quit in protest

Former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles led a mass resignation of nine members of the National Park System Advisory Board on Monday, in a protest over the Trump administration's priorities regarding the national parks system.

Despite reforms, Saudi women still silenced: rights groups

Paris - Despite enjoying some newfound freedoms such as the right to attend a football match, Saudi women, particularly rights activists, continue to be silenced, two rights groups said Wednesday.
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