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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 …

EU’s new privacy law tax could become a heyday for lawyers EU’s new privacy law tax could become a heyday for lawyers

The European Union has proposed, in a draft, new online privacy protection laws, which would update their current policies put in place 17 years ago. The new laws would allow individuals to request that certain personal data, which has been …

European Union Proposes New Data Privacy Laws European Union Proposes New Data Privacy Laws

If you could erase all your personal data on the Internet, would you? The BBC is reporting that a new law is going to be proposed to the EU on Wednesday. It would include the provision for a “right to …

European Union’s Neelie Kroes Twitter’s Against SOPA Legislation European Union’s Neelie Kroes Twitter’s Against SOPA Legislation

Neelie Kroes, the EU’s Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Tweeted some candid comments on Friday, speaking out against the oppressive pending U.S. SOPA legislation: “Glad tide is turning on SOPA: don’t need bad legislation when should be safeguarding benefits of …

Apple, Publishers Target of EU Antitrust Investigation Over E-books Apple, Publishers Target of EU Antitrust Investigation Over E-books

The European Commision announced today that it is launching an investigation into the sales of e-books in the European market. The targets of the investigation include Apple and five publishing houses: Hachette Livre of France, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster …

Apple Subscription Service Being Monitored By Antitrust Regulators

Earlier this week, Apple introduced its Subscription service for the App Store. Immediately, it was met with waves of criticism (though it’s certainly had its share of defenders). It didn’t take long at all for whispers of antitrust to start going around.

EU Launches Search and Advertising Antitrust Investigation Against Google
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Update 2: Google has posted a response on its Public Policy Blog.

EU Wants Google To Revise Street View Policies
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The European Union has asked Google to revise the way it stores images for its Maps and Street View services, due to privacy concerns.

Google currently keeps all images on Street View for a year, but the EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party wants that time cut in half to no longer than six months.

EU Calls For More Privacy On Social Networks

The European Commission is reminding teenagers to "Think before you post!" on social networking sites as Europe marks Safer Internet Day.

The Commission said 50 percent of European teenagers give out personal information on the web, which can remain online forever and be seen by anybody.