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FairSearch On Google’s Proposals In Europe: It Would Be Better To Do Nothing FairSearch On Google’s Proposals In Europe: It Would Be Better To Do Nothing

This week, Google wrote a post on its Europe Policy blog defending the proposals it recently submitted to the European Commission, which has been investigating antitrust complaints against the company. Google submitted proposals back in April, but more recently, Commissioner …

Google May Have To Pay Fines In Europe If It Doesn’t Alter Its Privacy Policy Google May Have To Pay Fines In Europe If It Doesn’t Alter Its Privacy Policy

Early last year, Google implemented a new privacy policy, which involved consolidating the policies of many of its various products into one main one to span its various offerings, effectively making Google itself a more unified experience. The policy change, …

Sweden Joins An Increasing Number Of European Countries That Ban Bestiality Sweden Joins An Increasing Number Of European Countries That Ban Bestiality

Bestiality, or zoophilia, is still kind of legal in many parts of the world. That’s slowly changing, however, as more countries begin to adopt laws that ban the practice in all its forms. The latest to do so is Sweden. …

Google’s Competition Proposals Not Good Enough For EU Google’s Competition Proposals Not Good Enough For EU

Last month, the EU finally released a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation. With the document, the Commission began seeking feedback on the commitments Google offered to address concerns. Unsurprisingly, the feedback has included demands …

The Pirate Bay Moves To Iceland After Getting Kicked Out Of Greeland The Pirate Bay Moves To Iceland After Getting Kicked Out Of Greeland

The Pirate Bay has been on the move quite a bit these past few months. The infamous Web site anticipated that its .se domain wasn’t going to last much longer and set out for free waters. It first moved to …

Google Play Music Hits Five New Countries Google Play Music Hits Five New Countries
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Google announced this morning that Google Play Music is launching in five new European countries: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal. “Music first launched on Google Play in Europe in November 2012, and the fast rollout to more countries today …

Europe Still Worrying About Google Privacy Policy Europe Still Worrying About Google Privacy Policy

France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have launched investigations into Google’s privacy practices after the company elected not to make changes following requests from these countries. Google faces possible fines and other action, depending on how …

Google May Soon Pay Publishers In Portugal Google May Soon Pay Publishers In Portugal
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Publishers in Portugal want Google to pay for the right to include links and snippets of articles in Google News. The story is always the same from country to country. In recent months, we’ve seen Google playing ball with publishers, …

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Launches In Europe And Japan Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Gets A Permanent Price Cut, Launches In Europe And Japan

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ launched late last year for a rather affordable $300. To perhaps undercut the competition even more, Amazon has decided to make its flagship tablet even cheaper. Amazon announced today that the 16GB Kindle Fire HD …

Google Fights For ‘Free Expression’ In European Court Google Fights For ‘Free Expression’ In European Court

Google is battling data protection authorities in Spain over whether or not search engines can be ordered to block search results that link to legal content on Spanish newspaper and government sites. Google has a post on its Europe Blog …

CleanIT Gets Rid Of Browser Surveillance, Opts For Terrorism Button In Browsers CleanIT Gets Rid Of Browser Surveillance, Opts For Terrorism Button In Browsers

In September of last year, we brought you word that the European Union was working on a proposal called CleanIT to stop the spread of terroristic content online. The plan called for a number of outlandish proposals such as browser-level …

Spotify Axes Downloads In Europe Spotify Axes Downloads In Europe

Spotify has become quite popular in the U.S. since it finally launched in 2011 after already achieving such popularity in Europe. One feature we might not get here in the States, however, is the ability to download songs, as the …

Google And Publishers Are Getting Along…In Belgium Google And Publishers Are Getting Along…In Belgium
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Google has reached an agreement with news publishers in Belgium after six years of litigation. Publishers sued Google claiming they violated their copyright by displaying snippets in Google News and linking to cached copies of their pages in Google search. …

Apple’s Trademark Applications Are Getting Kind Of Ridiculous Apple’s Trademark Applications Are Getting Kind Of Ridiculous

Apple is one of the most well known brands around the world. Its logo is recognized by millions of people. It’s understandable that Apple would want to protect its brand, but its latest trademark application is a little ridiculous, even …

Google Maps Updated In 10 European Countries Google Maps Updated In 10 European Countries
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Google has released Maps updates in 10 European countries: Andorra, Bulgaria, Estonia, Gibraltar, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The update, the company says, is part of a project called Ground Truth, which started back in 2008. Google explains, …

Nintendo UK Sold 40,000 Wii U Units In Its Opening Weekend Nintendo UK Sold 40,000 Wii U Units In Its Opening Weekend
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The Wii U launched in Europe and Australia on Friday, December 30. It’s been three days now, and analysts are already picking apart whatever data they can get a hold of. The latest numbers from the UK show the Wii …

Vietnam Has The Highest Windows 8 Adoption Rate Vietnam Has The Highest Windows 8 Adoption Rate
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Windows 8 launched on October 26, and four million people upgraded to the new OS during the opening weekend. Since then, Microsoft has been mum on how well Windows 8 has been spreading through the market. Soluto, a PC optimization …

Europe’s PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Ad Is A Bit More Realistic Europe’s PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Ad Is A Bit More Realistic

Sony makes some pretty amazing ads for its PlayStation products. The company’s latest live-action ad for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was pretty impressive in how it captured the look and feel of all the characters present. Only problem? It was …

Europeans Can Get Their Kindle Fire HD Fix Starting Today Europeans Can Get Their Kindle Fire HD Fix Starting Today
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The Kindle Fire HD has already been available in the US for over a month. As such, it’s easy to forget that the newest gadgets take a while to reach other parts of the world. The Kindle Paperwhite just made …

Yelp Acquires Qype, Shares Preliminary Q3 Financial Results Yelp Acquires Qype, Shares Preliminary Q3 Financial Results

Yelp has acquired European reviews site Qype. Yelp has acquired all of Qype’s shares, for about €18.6 million and 970,000 shares of Yelp’s Class A common stock, bringing the total purchase price to about $50 million USD. Qype is based …

Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Carbon Footprint Certification In Europe Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Carbon Footprint Certification In Europe
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Samsung’s Galaxy S III is a popular device among consumers, but it’s now well respected among the conservationist types across Europe. Just like its predecessor and the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy S III has achieved a carbon footprint certification across …