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Germany Elections: Can Angela Merkel Save Aging, Dying Europe?

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party won Germany’s national elections on Sunday and was poised to register close to a majority in German parliament. Merkel, therefore, is slated to be only the third German leader since World-War II to win a …

Google Maps Is Exposing People To Historic Parliament Buildings In Europe Google Maps Is Exposing People To Historic Parliament Buildings In Europe

Technology is a pretty awesome thing sometimes. Even if you’re one of the members of the newer generations that have grown up with technology touching almost every facet of your life, some things about its feats and possibilities will always …

Google Reportedly Gives Europe A New Proposal To Resolve Antitrust Probe Google Reportedly Gives Europe A New Proposal To Resolve Antitrust Probe

Back in July, we heard that the European Commission was waiting for Google to revise earlier proposals it made to resolve an ongoing antitrust probe related to its search business. Now, word is out that in order to avoid a …

Google’s Subscription Music Service Lands in Europe Google’s Subscription Music Service Lands in Europe

Nearly three months after it went live in the U.S. and a few weeks after it came to Australia and New Zealand, Google has just launched its Play Music All Access subscription-based streaming service in a bunch of European countries. …

PC Shipments Are Declining in Europe, Too PC Shipments Are Declining in Europe, Too

It’s clear that PC shipments are declining worldwide, beset by the rise of the tablet market and the failure of Windows 8. This week, one analyst firm is showing a dramatic decline in PC shipments in Western Europe in particular. …

Google Launches Car Insurance Comparison Tool In France Google Launches Car Insurance Comparison Tool In France
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Google has expanded its car insurance rate comparison tool in France at its Google.fr domain. The feature was spotted by blogger Quentin Ducreux Lerebours at Rude Baguette. He writes: For now, users can get price comparisons for only 7 companies …

Google To Regulators: We’re Doing A ‘Good Job’ Google To Regulators: We’re Doing A ‘Good Job’
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This week, Google addressed recent proposals it presented to the European Commission in an attempt to settle a lengthy antitrust investigation. These proposals already went further than those Google offered up successfully to the Federal Trade Commission here in the …

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

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 …