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Google Antitrust Case In Europe: EU Eyes Post-Easter Decision Google Antitrust Case In Europe: EU Eyes Post-Easter Decision
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Joaquin Almunia, who is leading an EU antitrust investigation of Google, has apparently decided not to decide anything on the matter until after Easter. Reuters reports that Almunia said on Wednesday that he would only decide after April 8, “whether …

German Lawmakers May Be Jeopardizing Search German Lawmakers May Be Jeopardizing Search

News aggregation as we know it, and possibly even search as we know it, may be in danger – at least in Germany. German lawmakers are reportedly kicking around new legislation, which if turned into law, would require a news …

Facebook Down In Parts of Europe Facebook Down In Parts of Europe

Facebook was down in regions of Europe, Africa and the Middle East this morning due to a technical glitch, for roughly two hours. Service has since been restored, and in a statement, Facebook stated, “today we experienced technical difficulties causing …

4G LTE Smartphones Hit Sweden First! 4G LTE Smartphones Hit Sweden First!

Telia Sonera in Sweden was the first to add a 4G LTE network and that was in December 2009 so, it wasn’t a recent occurrence. Most people are connected to the network via USB modems, but today, they are happy …

European Virtual Console Gets 13 New Titles In March European Virtual Console Gets 13 New Titles In March
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The virtual console was a great idea when Nintendo launched it alongside their Wii console in 2006. It’s unfortunate then that classic game releases have been slowing down over the past few years. It’s doubly true for our friends in …

Could Obama’s Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet? Could Obama’s Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet?
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The ongoing debate over online privacy is in the spotlight once again. However, this time, it’s the White House that’s at the center of the controversy. Last week, the Obama Administration announced a privacy plan that would give consumers more …

Europe Gets New Panasonic Eluga Power Europe Gets New Panasonic Eluga Power

Europe is being treated to a new super-fast charging smartphone from Panasonic. The Eluga Power features a 1280 x 720 high-definition touch screen and can reach a 50% charge in 30 minutes! that’s impressive! Here’s the spec’s and features from …

FairSearch Coalition To Protest Google More Heavily In Europe FairSearch Coalition To Protest Google More Heavily In Europe

The FairSearch Coalition announced that it has expanded its presence into Europe, with the launch of a new site at FairSearchEuopre.org. The organization says that as its membership has grown, it has realized that the concerns it was founded on …

Online Privacy Debate Heats Up With FTC And Commerce Dept. Reports Coming Soon Online Privacy Debate Heats Up With FTC And Commerce Dept. Reports Coming Soon

To say online privacy is a controversial area is an understatement. It’s always been challenging but has gotten even more so with the rise of social networks, online shopping, and targeted advertising.

Epic Poker League Launching On The Poker Channel Epic Poker League Launching On The Poker Channel
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Fans in Europe will soon be able to watch the best Poker players in the world duke it out. Epic Poker League, the new professional poker league that hosted its third Inaugural Season Main Event in Las Vegas last month, …

Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe

Google may or may not face a “statement of objections” from the EU’s antitrust department. Apparently it could go either way, as the regulators have so far been unable to decide whether or not to go this route. I guess …

Google Calls on Webmasters to Help it Improve Search Google Calls on Webmasters to Help it Improve Search

Google hires employees all the time, but interestingly the company has basically put out a help wanted ad on its Webmaster Central blog, looking for academics to help it improve search quality and fight spam. “Yes, we’re looking for help …

Google Panda Update – Winners and Losers in Europe Google Panda Update – Winners and Losers in Europe
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Over the past week or so, Searchmetrics has been sharing info on the winners and losers of Google’s Panda update in Europe. Today, they shared their data for Switzerland, Italy and Spain. Searchmetrics has also shared data on Austria, France …

Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe
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Google’s antitrust troubles in Europe aren’t even close to being over, according to a man who would know.  Vice President of the European Commission Joaquin Almunia – who’s also the organization’s competition commissioner – indicated that more complaints are on …

U.K. Leads Europe In Online Retail Visits

In January 2011, 270.6 million unique visitors in Europe visited sites in the retail category, representing a market reach of 74.5 percent of Internet users, an increase of 8.5 percent over the previous year, according to a new report from …

Eric Schmidt Speaks at Humboldt University: Full Video

Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke at Humboldt University in Berlin last week. Google has now made video of the entire speech available.

He talks about Google increasing its presence in Europe and Germany, and the funding of a center for discussing/debating the evolution of the web. He also announces a small business initiative.

He then talks about OnePass, the new subscription service the company announced recently.  

There are some microphone issues at the beginning that are somewhat comical. 

Google Plans 1,000-Person Hiring Spree In Europe

Anyone concerned that Google’s growth will slow under Larry Page can probably at least put aside those fears with respect to the company’s headcount.  Outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt announced today that Google intends to hire 1,000 people in Europe alone.

Amazon Buys European Netflix-Like Company, LoveFilm
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Amazon is acquiring the remaining shares in LoveFilm, which is often referred to around the web as the "Netflix of Europe". Amazon already owned a 42% stake in the company. 

European Flight Search Site Skyscanner Buys Travel Startup Zoombu

European flight search provider Skyscanner has acquired UK travel startup Zoombu, which only launched its own travel search site last year (the company started in 2008).

Zoombu was founded by Rachel Armitage and Dr. Alistair Hann, who have moved into key roles at Skyscanner. With Zoombu, their goal was to provide multiple transport options in a single search. 

eBay Pays $200 Million to Acquire Brands4friends [Update]
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Update: eBay just announced that it has completed the acquisition. 

Firefox Becomes Top Browser In Europe
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If anyone at Mozilla is keeping some sort of historical record, December 2010 is a month that’s sure to be starred.  A new report from StatCounter indicates that, in terms of market share, Firefox wound up ahead of Internet Explorer in Europe.

This was perhaps not a pretty victory, as it only occurred due to a loss on IE’s part.  IE’s market share in fact fell from 38.91 percent in November to 37.52 percent in December, according to StatCounter, while Firefox’s market share declined from 38.50 percent to 38.11 percent.