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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.

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."

Europe Votes Against Online Copyright Law
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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.

EU Sets Broadband Goal Of 30 Percent By 2010
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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.

EU Seniors To Get Help Staying Connected Online
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The European Parliament has given its approval to provide funding for research into using technology like the Internet to keep the elderly connected.

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.

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.

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.

EU To Consider Internet Censorship A Trade Barrier
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The European Parliament has passed a proposal that would penalize countries for censoring content on the Internet.

EU Says Search Engines Must Follow Rules
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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.

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.

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.

U.S. Online Gambling Deal Is Classified
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

Google & Facebook See European Trouble

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

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.

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.