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Apple Opening First iOS App Dev Center in Europe

Apple Opening First iOS App Dev Center in Europe

Apple announced that it will open its first European iOS app development center. It’s to be located at partner institution in Naples, Italy. The center gives where students can acquire skills and training pertaining to the development of iOS applications. It will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum geared toward the growth of Apple’s developer ecosystem. Apple itself will …

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Google ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Appeal Shut Down

Google ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Appeal Shut Down

In June, French regulators ordered Google to extend its “Right to be Forgotten” search engine delistings to its sites around the world rather than only in Europe. From their perspective, Google leaving such listings available in other versions of its search engine (such as the American Google.com) lets people easily get around the delistings in localized, European versions of Google. …

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Facebook Must Allow Fake Names, Says German Regulator

Facebook’s real name policy, which prevents people from using the service with pseudonyms, has pissed off a lot of people – especially as of late. Facebook’s policy has drawn the ire of the transgender community, domestic violence victim, privacy advocates, and Native American groups. But in the States, the policy hasn’t gained any regulatory attention. Not the case overseas, where …

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The iWatch Doesn’t Exist, But Apple’s Getting Sued Over It

Apple is getting sued over its iWatch. You may have not noticed anything wrong with that sentence, and to be honest it’s hard to fault you if you didn’t. Apple’s smartwatch is actually called the Apple Watch, but hey – it should’ve been the iWatch, right? Anyway, the iWatch doesn’t exist. But Apple is still facing legal action over it. …

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Facebook’s New App Isn’t Available in Europe Thanks to Facial Recognition Fears

Earlier this week, Facebook launched yet another standalone app. It’s called Moments, and it lets friends easily sync photos with each other. Here’s how product manager Will Ruben describes the app: “Syncing photos with the Moments app is a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you didn’t take. Moments groups the photos on your phone …

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More European Regulatory Interest In Search Emerges

Google has been under investigation by the EU for five years, and last week, the European Commission sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the market for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product in general search pages. It also announced a probe into the company’s Android business. …

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Should Google Be Slapped With Antitrust Action?

After a five-year long investigation, the European Commissioned announced it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product in general search pages. The commission says this infringes on EU antitrust rules because “it stifles competition and harms consumers”. …

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Google Is Reportedly About To Be Hit With Antitrust Charges In Europe

Earlier this month, we heard that the European Commission was about to “move against” Google, “setting the stage for charges” against the search giant after a five-year-long investigation and several attempts by Google to settle. Now, the WSJ is reporting again that Europe’s antitrust regulator has indeed decided to file formal charges. This will be the EU’s largest antitrust case …

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Should Europe’s Search Law Apply To The World?

Late last year, EU regulators in Brussels said they wanted the controversial “Right to be Forgotten” ruling applied to search results on a global basis rather than just in its own jurisdiction as it stands today. In other words, if someone is successfully able to get Google (or other search engines) to remove search results about them from its index …

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Netflix Eyes Expansion In Europe, Asia

Netflix expanded into new European markets last year, and appears to have additional ones on its roadmap, as well as some Asian countries and those where Arabic is widely spoken. A research note from Citibank analyst Mark May has drawn some attention after he pointed out a LinkedIn job posting from Netflix seeking people fluent in Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, …

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Is The Right To Be Forgotten Dangerous?

Google has released its latest Transparency Report, which as of earlier this year, now looks at URL removal requests from the highly-publicized Right to be Forgotten ruling in Europe. The inventor of the World Wide Web recently spoke out against the ruling, calling it dangerous. Meanwhile, the requests continue to roll in, and other parts of the world may start …

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Google Commissions Study To Show How Competitive The Mobile Market Is In Europe

As you probably know, Google is currently embroiled in a years-long antitrust investigation in Europe, as authorities continue to look into its search business. The process was recently prolonged further by a change in leadership, with commissioner Joaquin Almunia stepping away, and Margrethe Vestager replacing him. She has said she will take her time with the investigation. Recently, Google’s Android …

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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Dangerous, According To Web’s Inventor

A lot of people (especially those not trying to hide information about themselves) agree that the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe is problematic for a variety of reasons, including the censorship of information. The latest to speak out against the current situation is none other than Tim Berners-Lee, the guy responsible for the World Wide Web. Via CNET: “This …

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Google Has Some Right To Be Forgotten Guidelines To Work With

As we here in the U.S. were entering holiday mode last week, official “Right to Be Forgotten” guidelines made their way to the public over in Europe. These come from the Article 29 Working Party, which is made up of data protection officials from throughout the European Union. In case you haven’t been keeping up, the Right to Be Forgotten …

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Google Breakup Approved By European Parliament

As previously reported, the European Parliament was considering a proposal to call for a breakup of Google. More specifically, it wants to separate the company’s search business from the rest of its offerings. When the subject came up for a vote, the proposal was approved. Don’t get too excited just yet though. The Parliament doesn’t exactly have the authority to …

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Regulators Want ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Extended To Google.com

As reported last week, a French court ordered Google to pay fines of €1,000 unless links to a “defamatory” article are removed from its global network. This prompted many to wonder if Google would start removing links taken out of specific European search results as a result of the Right to Be Forgotten ruling, from its search engines all over …

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Should Google Be Broken Up?

As reported late last week, the European Parliament is considering a call to break up Google. This would specifically involve breaking the search business away from the rest of the business. Do you think a break-up of Google is a good idea? Share your thoughts in the comments. According to those with understanding of European law, they don’t actually have …

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Google Takes Action On Link Network In Poland

For the past year or so, Google has been on a warpath when it comes to link networks, particularly in Europe. That is still going on, it would seem. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable reports that webmasters and SEOs noticed a spike in complaints around manual actions in “the Polish regions,” and that one got confirmation from Google Polish …

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Report: European Politicians Want To Break Up Google

Google has had plenty of battles throughout Europe for years, but now it could be facing its biggest yet. According to a new report, the European parliament is about to call for a break-up of the company, which would see its search business separated from the rest of the company. Wait, what? This is according to the Financial Times, which …

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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Going Global?

Links removed from Google’s European search engines may end up having to be removed from Google’s other search engines. As you may know, Google has been removing links from its European search results because of what has come to be known as the “Right to Be Forgotten” law. The law enables people to request Google get rid of search results …

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Google Wants To Watch You While You Work

Google revealed that it wants to start going to people’s places of business, and watch them work. It says it wants to learn about how it can help you manage your sites easier. Google’s Gary Illyes talked about it in a Google+ update (via Search Engine Land). “We are looking for companies, agencies, and website owners willing to let us …

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Google Responds To Criticism From News Corp

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp sent an open letter to the European Commission last week to complain about Google (something Murdoch has been doing openly for years). On Thursday, Google took to its Europe blog to address the complaints, and respond to individual statements made by News Corp. It starts off saying how important free expression and high quality content are, …

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Netflix Launches In Germany Following French Debut

On Monday, Netflix launched in France, and on Tuesday, the company followed that with a launch in Germany. Guten Morgen! Netflix ist in Deutschland. Und ganz bald auch in Österreich und der Schweiz http://t.co/tB2FeUUW6n pic.twitter.com/HMO2WtrdqF — NetflixDE (@NetflixDE) September 16, 2014 Au Revoir, France! See you soon Berlin! @NetflixFR @NetflixDE pic.twitter.com/oP7IXbTRTf — Netflix US (@netflix) September 16, 2014 On the …

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Netflix Officially Launches In France

Netflix just officially launched in France, expanding its presence in Europe, which is also expected to soon include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Bon voyage, @NetflixFR! — Netflix US (@netflix) September 15, 2014 Bien arrivé, merci: http://t.co/NnT7eWmVnj RT @netflix Bon voyage, @NetflixFR ! — Netflix France (@NetflixFR) September 15, 2014 En selle ! RT @BoJackHorseman @NetflixFR welcome to your …

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EU: Google Must Make Additional Concessions

It’s starting to look like the EU’s antitrust probe into Google may never end, as the European Commission has now said that Google must once again make more concessions. Google has already offered a revised proposal three times, aimed at settling the case, but none of the concessions offered have ever been good enough for competitors. Reuters shares some quotes: …

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Google’s Schmidt: We Built Google For Users, Not Websites

Google has said it before, but now it has said it again: “We built Google for users, not websites.” Think you got a raw deal from a recent algorithm change? Sorry, they built Google for users, not websites. Think Google is hurting third-party websites by increasingly showing users “answers” on the search results page? Sorry, they build Google for users, …

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Google Opens Up Registration For ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Events

Google has opened up registration for its first public consultations regarding the “right to be forgotten” law in Europe. The company previously announced its scheduled dates, which are as follows: September 9 in Madrid, Spain September 10 in Rome, Italy September 25 in Paris, France September 30 in Warsaw, Poland October 14 in Berlin, Germany October 16 in London, UK …

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Google Goes After More Link Networks

Google continues to penalize link networks in Europe, hitting two more over the weekend. Google has been on a warpath for the last year or so, penalizing link networks designed to game search results. Google now now hit one in Spain and one in Germany. Typically, Google’s Matt Cutts would make mention of the networks on Twitter, but he’s currently …

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Tiger Woods Withdraws from Ryder Cup Consideration

This year could not have been much worse for Tiger Woods. Woods started the year ranked No. 1 in the world, yet due to poor performances over the past eight months he has since dropped to No. 11. Woods has also had one of his worst years financially, only earning approximately $100,000 for his finishes at tournaments. Woods’s best finish …

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