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The Fate Of The Free Internet Goes Up For Vote In December The Fate Of The Free Internet Goes Up For Vote In December
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The fate of the free Internet will be decided at a private meeting in Dubai on December 3. UN member nations will argue for or against a plan that would give control of the Internet to the ITU, instead of …

Report: Google Proposal In Europe Involves More Branding Of Google Properties In Search Results Report: Google Proposal In Europe Involves More Branding Of Google Properties In Search Results
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In Europe, Google may soon add more branding to search results that come from its own products. The search giant has been in discussions with European Union competition commissioner JoaquĆ­n Almunia, and a new report fron the Financial Times says …

You Will Be Able To Resell Your Steam Games… In Europe You Will Be Able To Resell Your Steam Games… In Europe
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One of the major problems I find myself in after a Steam sale is that I bought a lot of games that I just don’t really want. I partially blame myself, but some of those games have achievements which I …

Google Works to Settle EU Antitrust Probe, and Schmidt Says Larry Page is Fine Google Works to Settle EU Antitrust Probe, and Schmidt Says Larry Page is Fine
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You might recall, Google was accused of discriminating against their competitors in search results by European regulators. The European Commission confirmed today, Google has in fact responded to the antitrust concerns. Google sent a proposal to European regulators addressing four …

Google App. Offers EU Compliant Data Protection Google App. Offers EU Compliant Data Protection

A lot of small businesses use Google apps to meet their needs and overcome challenges. In light of the European Union’s updated and more stringent data protection and privacy law, Google is offering an app. that will help their enterprise …

Google Files EU Complaint Against Microsoft, Nokia, & MOSAID Google Files EU Complaint Against Microsoft, Nokia, & MOSAID

Google has filed a formal complaint with European Union and wants regulators to look into what they are calling, collusion between Microsoft, Nokia, and notorious patent troll MOSAID. Nokia recently transfered over twelve hundred patents to MOSAID which were mostly …

European Union Caught With Its Hand In The Cookie Jar European Union Caught With Its Hand In The Cookie Jar
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Don’t you just hate cookies? Not the delicious sweets, but the kind that follow you around on the Web tracking your behavior. It seems that the European Union hates them too hence why the “Cookie Law” went into effect this …

European Court Rules on Microsoft’s EU Fines European Court Rules on Microsoft’s EU Fines

Back in 2004 European regulators ordered Microsoft to provide market competitors with information critical to fair competition. Microsoft didn’t submit to the request and on March in 2004 they issued a fine for non-compliance. The fine broke a new record …

Sony To Acquire EMI; EU Regulator Says Yes! Sony To Acquire EMI; EU Regulator Says Yes!

European competition regulators have given the green light to Sony/ATV, Sony’s music partner, who wants to buy up EMI’s publishing assets which are valued at over two billion dollars. The acquisition would give Sony over a quarter of the world’s …

Amazon UK: $11 Billion in Sales, No Taxes Paid Amazon UK: $11 Billion in Sales, No Taxes Paid

Amazon, the largest online retailer in the UK, last year posted sales of more than $5.2 billion in that country, but didn’t pay any corporation tax on the profits, which prompted an investigation by Britain’s tax authorities. Regulatory filings by …

TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision
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Does this headline sound familiar? It should, because it’s exactly the same as the one I used in an article a few days ago, except for the first word. Last time, it was Expedia filing a complaint. Now, it’s TripAdvisor. …

EU Forces Apple To Offer Two Year Warranty EU Forces Apple To Offer Two Year Warranty

The European Union has ordered Apple to offer a two-year extended warranty, in accordance with EU consumer protection laws. In December the Italian government fined Apple $1.2 million for charging for their AppleCare warranty, which overlapped with the warranty protection …

Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision
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The EU is expected to make a decision on how to proceed in an antitrust investigation of Google after Easter. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said as much earlier this week. That leaves time for more to complain about Google …

Data Roaming Costs Lessened with New EU Plan Data Roaming Costs Lessened with New EU Plan

As of July 1st, new data roaming price caps will take effect in Europe, after an agreement between members of the European Parliament and the Danish Presidency of the Council of Ministers. This new mandate will be helpful to those …

European Consumers’ Organisation Calls For EU To Regulate Google European Consumers’ Organisation Calls For EU To Regulate Google

The European Commission is reportedly preparing its final recommendations in an antitrust case against Google. According to a report from the New York Times, investigators are expected to make recommendations to European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia, in the coming …

Google Refuses to Delay Imposed Privacy Policy Google Refuses to Delay Imposed Privacy Policy

European Union Justice Commissioner Vivian Reding spoke this morning about the new Google privacy policy and its impact on European consumers in regard to existing privacy protections and guidelines: “The authorities of the data controllers in Europe have asked their …

Will Google Put An End To Motorola Abuses? Will Google Put An End To Motorola Abuses?
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This morning I reported on complaints lodged to European Union’s (EU) competition regulators by Microsoft against Motorola. The main gist of the article is that Motorola neglects to make its patent technologies available at a fair cost to other manufacturers …

Microsoft Argues Motorola’s Policy On Patents Microsoft Argues Motorola’s Policy On Patents

Microsoft has filed formal complaints with European Union’s competition regulator regarding the price Motorola is charging for the use of patented technology. Microsoft is claiming the the 2.25% they are charging for a video patent is well over what other …

Breaking: EU Approves Google To Buy Motorola Breaking: EU Approves Google To Buy Motorola
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After five months, European Union regulators have approved of the purchase of Motorola Mobility by Internet search giant Google, Inc. The main reason Google wants to purchase Motorola is to increase its stable of patents. The EU was mainly concerned …

Google Privacy Changes: Google Won’t Pause Rollout For EU / CNIL Google Privacy Changes: Google Won’t Pause Rollout For EU / CNIL
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This week, the European Union and France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) asked Google to pause the rollout of its new privacy policy changes. The reason? To provide time for the EU’s Article 29 Working Party, which …

EU’s Privacy Laws Will Affect U.S. Companies Too EU’s Privacy Laws Will Affect U.S. Companies Too

Justice Commissioner, Vivian Reding has made the statement, “It is… important to empower EU citizens, particularly teenagers, to be in control of their own identity online”. She goes on to say,“If an individual no longer wants his personal data to …