Europe Articles

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

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
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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.

EU Launches Search and Advertising Antitrust Investigation Against Google
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Update 2: Google has posted a response on its Public Policy Blog.

Twitter To Add European Employees Next Year

It looks like a whole new push to gain users, attract advertisers, or do both will soon get underway at Twitter.  The company’s confirmed that it’ll have employees based in Europe starting sometime next year.

Yahoo Expands Connected TV To Europe With Samsung

Yahoo and Samsung have expanded the availability of Yahoo Connected TV to 26 countries in Europe, bringing the total to 39 countries globally.

Yahoo Connected TV on Samsung televisions allow people to access video content on YouTube, view headlines and videos on Sky News and Bild news, view photos from Flickr, find travel deals on Teletext Holidays, shop on eBay, play games from PlayJam, create a personal channel of music videos on Putpat, or connect with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Google Lands T-Mobile Europe Deal
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Millions of mobile phone users in Europe should soon start seeing a lot more of Google’s properties.  The search giant has secured a search deal with Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile.

Google will now be T-Mobile’s default search provider in Europe, and that means its engine will be accessible through both the standard T-Mobile homepage and an "idle" screen. It’s hard to imagine Google won’t see a bump in market share as a result.

Top Tech Blogs in The UK During August
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Next week, European search engine and news portal Wikio will be publishing the rankings for August 2010 of their lists of the top blogs in the many categories under which they’re classified.