Greek Startup longaccess Launches deepfreeze.io for Long-Term Cloud Storage

Greek cloud storage startup longaccess launched a new company in June, called deepfreeze.io. Its service allows users to store files that they may not need immediate access to, but need to keep long-term.

Deepfreeze.io connects with Dropbox to allow users to extend their cloud-based storage. While in beta, the company is offering 100GB free cloud storage for a year.

Launched in February 2014, longaccessreceived $135,000 US (around €110,000) seed funding from JEREMIE Openfund II and Driin Holdings. Its focus is on long-term file storage, reducing the cost over other offerings to store files you don’t want to delete but rarely access.

Due to the Greek economy crashing in 2008, young people that were previously in government positions are now moving to the tech industry. With a youth unemployment rate of 60 percent despite relatively high education, citizens were faced with a decision. They could continue to be unemployed or launch their own businesses.

Mykonos
Photo by George Stasinos

Mykonos

Photo by George Stasinos

Beware the Greeks - A patchwork of impressions to understand Greece today

The isles of Greece,
The isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where grew the arts of war and peace,
Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung!
Eternal summer gilds them yet,
But all, except their sun, has set.

~ Lord Byron

This just in, no more than a thousand years ago. Greece’s greatest days — millennia actually — are behind her. The country’s signature monument, the Parthenon itself, is so day-before-yesterday. Overdressed in reconstructive scaffolding to the extent that it has difficulty posing for a decent photograph, the Parthenon presides over everything, a dead god.

The country is like its most famous ruin. So many conflicting currents course through Greece now that it is not easy to form a clear picture of the country. Much of the scaffolding that covers Greece is provided by the European Union, which resents Greece and is in turn resented by the Greeks. Germany in particular has been hectoring the Greeks, and the Greeks hector right back. “The Germans give us forty euros in aid and take back sixty in trade,” an Athenian businessman who exports wool complained to me one morning as he ate something called galatopita, a kind of milk pie that he poured something like grape molasses on. “And yet,” he added enigmatically, “our problems are not recent but ancient.”

What do you want to believe about Greece? The Greeks, in my partisan view the warmest, most generous people in Europe, tell seductive stories about themselves. In these stories they are the fountainhead of western culture, the victims of northern countries that prey upon them, the victims of immigrants from Middle Eastern poverty and war - Greece is only one country away, troubled Turkey, from the internecine horror the United States helped to create in Iraq - the authors of their own problems, the people most perfectly poised to make a global comeback, and so on. They are the little nation that could. And did. Stories have always sustained the Greeks, going back to the time, at least 2,500 years ago, when history, myth, philosophy, religion, art, literature in the form of epic poetry and theater, if they were not identical, all fed from the same trough.

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- patchwork of impressions from Greece by the filmmaker Peter Davies in Huffington Post. No simple thruths, but a lot of threads…

Greek coalition locked in dispute over public sector reform

Greece’s coalition appears to have averted one political confrontation this week but has found itself locked in another that might prove more complicated to get out of.

The government had been heading for a clash with SYRIZA over a controversial bill regarding Greece’s coastline. The leftists reached out to environmental groups and others in a bid to form a broad front against the government ahead of the bill returning to Parliament. However, the two-party administration appears to have found a way to navigate this obstacle. It has reportedly removedall the controversial aspects of the legislation, which will now focus only on delineating Greece’s coastline instead.

While this will provide the coalition with some relief, there is still a simmering internal dispute to deal with. PASOK has spent the last few days in disagreement with Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakos over his plans for evaluating the performances of civil servants.

Naxos
Photo by Litsa Drosopoulou

Naxos

Photo by Litsa Drosopoulou

Eleni Karaindrou - By The Sea

Greece - A feast of fruit

Those juicy teasers are the super stars of the hot Greek summer, thanks to their freshness. Sliced or diced, in salads or juices, in jams or spoon-sweets, in sweet or salty foods, they promise to offer seducing pleasure to those tasting them. And they keep their promise!

Greece tops eurozone poverty rate

Greece ranks first in the eurozone and fourth among the 28 members of the European Union for the percentage of its citizens living on or below the poverty line, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), found that just over a third (34.6%) of Greeks – some 3,795,100 individuals – were living on less than 60% of the national median income in 2013.

This percentage has risen steadily since 2010, when the country began implementing austerity measures, increasing from 27.6% in 2010 to 27.7% the following year, 31% in 2012 and 34.6% in 2013.

The publication of the study, which is based on Hellenic Statistical Authority (Elstat) data, coincided with the 40th anniversary of the effective ending of military rule in 1974. 

More German bribery: Daimler under investigation for alleged illegal payments to Greek officials

The investigation is part of the wider investigation which began about four years ago and concerns bribes which appear to have been given to numerous state and private company officials in about 22 countries by the German car manufacturer Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The investigation into Daimler began following scrutiny of the global sales practices of the German car manufacturer by the US Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The trigger for the American investigation were allegations of secret accounts and cases of bribery. The bribes were either paid in cash or in the form of luxury vehicles or even properties, as in the case of a Chinese official who was found with an apartment in Houston. Daimler admitted that it had paid bribes worth tens of millions to officials of foreign governments and towards executives of private companies in at least 22 countries in order to secure hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sales of its vehicles in the ten year period between 1998-2008.

More specifically, American investigators accused the German company that it was, “involved in the long-standing practice of bribery” in order to secure deals in countries including Russia, China, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Thailand and at least five other countries.

4th Athens Open Air Film Festival June – September 2014

From June to September, some of the most breathtaking locations around the city will be instantly transformed into open-air movie theaters with free entrance. 
 
Venues include the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian precinct, the Petralona Park, Plato’s Academy Park, Avdi Square, Mesolongiou Square, the Numismatic and the Byzantine Museums, as well as little-known spots in the wider Athens area, such as the Rematia Chalandriou Theater and the Nea Smyrni Park, combining urban mystique with over 20 masterpieces of classic and contemporary cinema during a summer festival that has become a city staple. 
 
This year, the 4th Athens Open Air Festival has expanded to embrace historical open-air movie theaters, scheduled to host some of the most exciting screenings of the summer! 
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