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Google Launches Car Insurance Comparison Tool In France

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 : 4assur, AllSecur (Allianz), Acomme Assure, Aloa Assurances (CovĂ©a), Active Assurances et SOS Malus. On the website, a link offers …

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Google To Regulators: We’re Doing A ‘Good Job’

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 U.S. The commission recently said they didn’t go far enough, and Google competitors think the proposals are so bad that …

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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 Almunia made comments indicating that they did not go far enough. Google maintains that it did “a pretty good job” …

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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, the company has maintained, does not include any changes to Google’s data sharing policies with regard to third-parties, but only …

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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. The Swedish government indicated today that it will impose a total ban on bestiality starting January 1, 2014. The previous …

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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 from some that Google do more. Here is the list of Google’s proposals, as shared in the EU’s announcement: Google …

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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 Spain and Norway, but soon found itself kicked out. It then moved to Greenland to much the same reception. After …

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Google Play Music Hits Five New Countries

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 is due to the multi-territorial licensing process, as recommended by the European Commission last year,” explains Google Play head of …

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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 these governments view Google’s policies and how they comply with the countries’ laws. French privacy watchdog CNIL has been very …

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Google May Soon Pay Publishers In Portugal

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, and it seems other countries are seeking solutions similar to those Google has proposed elsewhere. Reuters is reporting: Alberico Fernandes, …

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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 8.9″ now retails for $269. The 32GB model now retails for $300. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE also …

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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 today discussing the matter. William Echikson, Head of Free Expression, EMEA at Google writes: In the case before the CJEU …

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