All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘EU’

Intel Says It Has Plenty Of Cash Flow

Intel said today that the record $1.45 billion fine imposed on it by the European Commission for violating antitrust rules, will not force it to reduce investment or cut its dividend.

"There’s still plenty of cash flow from operations to invest in our business, pay the fine and pay the dividend," Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith said at an analyst event in London on Wednesday.

"As we’ve said in the Q1 earnings call, we are not having any conversations about cutting the dividend."

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EU Launches Online Consumer Rights Guide

The European Commission has launched an eYouGuide, a new online resource that offers advice on the digital rights consumers have under EU law.

The guide covers consumer issues like the rights they have while shopping on the Internet, downloading music and protecting personal information online and on social networking sites.

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EU Probes UK Over Internet Privacy

The European Commission said on Tuesday it is taking legal action against the United Kingdom for not adequately protecting the privacy of British Internet users.

EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding said the action had to do with how Internet service providers used Phorm technology to send users targeted ads based on the sites they visited.

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EU Says U.S. Online Gambling Laws Violate WTO Rules

The European Commission said today that U.S. laws restricting online gambling violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

The commission said WTO proceedings against the U.S. would be justified but that the EU would first seek a way to find a negotiated solution on the issue.

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Users Expect Open Internet Access

The majority (91%) of Internet users expect their Internet service provider to avoid blocking or limiting their service, according to a new survey commissioned by Google, Yahoo and Skype.

The news comes as the European Parliament and EU governments are considering a major telecoms reform package. Some elements of the package could affect users rights by allowing ISPs to limit access to Web sites or applications, or to prioritize some Internet traffic in favor of their own partner’s traffic.

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Google Gives Microsoft A Little Antitrust Payback

Business is war, and payback is hell, but corporate trustbusting is more of a sport. Like basketball players insisting the ball bounced off the other guy’s foot, Microsoft and Google are at it again. This time Google returns the antitrust volley by announcing its intention to apply to become a third party in the European Commission’s investigation into Microsoft’s “unfair” bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows.

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EU Warns Music Fans About MP3 Players

A new European Union study shows that 5-10 percent of personal music player listeners risk permanent hearing loss, if they listen to a personal music player for more than one hour per day each week at a high volume over a 5-year span.

A European safety standard is already in place that restricts the noise level of personal music players to 100 decibels, but there is more concern over hearing damage from excessive exposure to such sources.

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EU Aims For Broadband Access For All Europeans

The European Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding said today that all people in the European Union should have broadband access.

"High-speed Internet is the passport to the Information Society and an essential condition for economic growth. This is why it is this Commission’s policy to make broadband Internet for all Europeans happen by 2010", said EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding.

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Mick Jagger Advises EU On Online Music Sales

Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger has become an advisor to the European Union. The singer, along with the chief executive officers of Apple, EMI, eBay, Fiat, Louis Vuitton and others, are meeting in Brussels today with the EU’s competition commissioner Neelie Kroes.

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EU Wants To Limit Fees On Texting, Surfing

The European Union Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding has supported reducing the price of sending a mobile text message from one EU country to another by 16 cents.

Reding’s proposal is now being distributed to all other EU Commissioners before they formally implement it in early October. The EU’s 27 member states and the European Parliament must also approve the measure.

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U.S. Pushes WTO For Panel On High-Tech Tariffs

The United States has asked the World Trade Organization to create a panel to settle a dispute with the European Union over tariffs on high-tech items.

The request is an escalation in an increasingly bitter dispute over the WTO’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which abolished duties on a number of high-tech goods from July 1997 to encourage trade.

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U.S. Testing Online Travel Approval Plan

Travelers who do not need a visa to fly to the United States will have to answer questions about their health and criminal background under a new electronic system launched today.

Starting January 12, 2009, people traveling to the U.S. from the 27 visa waiver countries will be required to fill out an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) form online three days before departure.

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Microsoft Calls EU Fine “Excessive”

Microsoft has informed a European Union court that an antitrust fine of $1.4 billion against it is excessive and disproportionate.

In February the European Commission said that Microsoft used high prices to reduce competition and did not follow through on sanctions imposed against it as part of the case. Microsoft is appealing the fine it received in February.

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EU Calls On Mobile Carriers To Reduce Fees

The European Commission has introduced a proposal to reduce the cost of mobile phone calls by lowering the fees carriers charge for using each others networks.

"Disparate termination rates across the EU and large gaps between fixed and mobile termination rates are serious barriers to achieving a Single European Telecoms market that benefits competition and consumers. The consumer pays the price for these gaps between national regulatory policies," said Viviane Reding, EU Telecoms Commissioner.

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eBay Challenges EU Trading Laws

eBay is lobbying the European Parliament over trading laws it calls "last century" that are preventing its customers from potential savings.

The online auction company said that traditional manufacturers  are using outdated regulatory laws to restrict the impact of online trading.

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EU Pushes For IPv6 Adoption

The European Commission said today that it is setting a goal to get 25 percent of EU industry, public authorities and households to use IPv6 by 2010.

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Microsoft Appealing Record Fine From The EU

Microsoft said it is appealing a record $1.39 billion (899 million euro) fine from the European Commission for using high prices to reduce software competition.

"Microsoft today filed to the (EU) Court of First Instance an application to annul the European Commission decision of February 27,"the company said in statement. "We are filing this appeal in a constructive effort to seek clarity from the court."

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Europe Votes Against Online Copyright Law

The European Parliament shot down the proposal to ban file sharing by private individuals and dropped the idea to bar copyright abusers from the Internet.

In a close vote, 314 Members of the European Parliament voted to reject an amendment that would have protected copyright on the Internet and 297 voted against throwing out the amendment.

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EU Sets Broadband Goal Of 30 Percent By 2010

In order to stimulate economic growth top regulators of the European Commission said they want to increase broadband coverage in the European Union from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2010.

Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said eight of the EU’s 27 member states have surpassed the United States in broadband penetration, with Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden leading the way with penetration rates over 30 percent at the end of 2007.

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EU Seniors To Get Help Staying Connected Online

The European Parliament has given its approval to provide funding for research into using technology like the Internet to keep the elderly connected.

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Google’s Acquisition of DoubleClick Complete

Finally Google has successfully completed the acquisition of DoubleClick, a leading Internet advertising service providers. And even EU has given a green signal to the merger and therefore from now onwards DoubleClick would be owned by Google unchallenged.

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EU Investigates U.S. Online Gambling Laws

The European Union is launching an investigation into a possible international trade violation by the United States for discriminatory trade practices against foreign online gambling companies.

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Unofficially, Google Wins DoubleClick Deal In EU

Rumors from people close to the discussion about the European Union approving Google’s DoubleClick acquisition say the deal will be approved without conditions.

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EU To Consider Internet Censorship A Trade Barrier

The European Parliament has passed a proposal that would penalize countries for censoring content on the Internet.

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EU Says Search Engines Must Follow Rules

The European Union says that all Internet search engines must comply with EU privacy rules no matter where they are based. This would include Google, Microsoft and Yahoo among others.

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EU Wants To Extend Copyrights For Musicians

The European Union’s internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy has proposed extending the copyright protection for music performers from 50 years to 95 years.

"It is the performer who gives life to the composition and while most of us have no idea who wrote our favorite song – we can usually name the performer, " McCreevy said. If the copyright protection is not extended thousands of European performers who recorded in the late fifties and sixties will lose all of their royalties over the next ten years.

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EU Calls For Lower Mobile Roaming Fees

European mobile phone companies are charging customers too much when they send text messages or check email while traveling, a top European Union official said Monday.

Viviane Reding, the European commissioner responsible for media and telecommunications, told industry executives that she would introduce new rules unless they decreased data roaming charges voluntarily by July 1st.

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U.S. Online Gambling Deal Is Classified

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative reached a deal with the European Union, Japan and Canada over the U.S. ban on online gambling, but the problem is the details of the agreement have never been made public.

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Microsoft, Yahoo A Challenge For EU

Competition aspects of the possible Microsoft and Yahoo deal may prove a difficult choice for the European Competition Commission.

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Google Facing EU DoubleClick Objections

Though European Commission members aren’t talking, a research firm claimed competition regulators have drafted a statement of objections to Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick.

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EU Says File Sharers Can Remain Private

Internet service providers do not have to release the names of users believed to be illegally sharing music files the European Union’s top court has ruled.

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Is Internet Use in Your Home Public?

In the United States, we have some pretty easy-to-remember guidelines on what constitutes “public” and “private.”

Areas like your home and your car are considered private. With a few notable exceptions, other areas are public. These legal definitions apply to entities like the police and the press—anything that happens (or is found) in public is “fair game,” but to intrude on your privacy, the police have to have at least a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity (or your permission).

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EU Wants IP Addresses To Be Personal

The European Union wants IP addresses to be considered personal information; the topic was discussed yesterday before the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee.

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Google & Facebook See European Trouble

Google and Facebook, sweethearts of the Internet who would never face legal challenges on this

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Microsoft Facing New European Probe

The EU will open a pair of investigations into Microsoft, focusing on their two big businesses: Windows operating systems and the Office productivity suite.

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EU Says U.S. Needs To Change Net Gambling Law

The European Union Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson said the Untied States should change the Internet gambling law that discriminates against European companies by not allowing them to offer their services in the U.S.

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EU: Google, DoubleClick Privacy? No Worries

The European Competition Commission that has vexed Microsoft for years will look at Google’s potential DoubleClick acquisition solely on competitive grounds.

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EU Privacy Group To Decide On Google In

The European Union’s privacy group said it would take three more months to reach a decision on whether Google and other search engines are violating EU privacy laws.

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EU Wants Price Caps On Text Messages

The European Commission is lobbying mobile phone operators to discount their rates for text messages and is threatening to put price caps in place if they don’t comply. Recently price caps were put in place for roaming charges.

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EU Looks To Diffuse Internet Bomb Instructions

When I was in the tenth grade, before anybody’d heard of the Internet except this geek buddy of mine and the geek buddies of his that he connected with like Matthew Broderick did in that movie by plugging his phone into this contraption (this buddy of mine now works for the NSA by the way), my geek-of-all-geeks friend showed me instructions on how to build a nuclear bomb.

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Theseus Aid Gets EU Authorization

The mythological Theseus was a Greek hero who became a king; he presumably became filthy rich, as well.  The modern Theseus – a German search engine project – has also gained quite a bit of money: the European Commission just authorized $165 million in aid.

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EU Decides YouTube And TV Are Different

Google seems pleased to announce that European regulations on broadcast video content will not apply to search engines, user-generated content, or YouTube.

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EU Investigates Google’s Privacy Rules

Google’s policy of retaining user information for up to two years, has become the center of an investigation by an EU panel, according to the AP.

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EU Challenges Google On Data Retention

Two years may be too long to keep search information without some kind of justification, according to the European Union.

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Utah’s Scared of the Internet

Utah lawmakers are at it again, mulling a legislative crackdown on open wi-fi connections because they make it easier for children to access online pornography.

The state of Utah has been in the news a lot lately for its heavy-handed approach to Internet regulation. The most recent curfuffle was over a law banning the use of competitor keywords in search advertising.

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EU to Censor Online Video Content?

The British Government is seeking to stop an EU directive that would force any website featuring video clips to register as a Television-Like Service.

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EU Domain Takes Off

Europeans have rushed to grab a virtual home in cyberspace, says the BBC.

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