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Microsoft And EU Close To Agreement On Browser Choice

The European Commission said Wednesday it will invite comments from consumers and software companies about an improved proposal by Microsoft to allow users to choose other Web browsers.

The improved proposal by Microsoft comes after the Commission expressed concerns that the company may have infringed EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant position by tying its web browser to its Windows operating system.
 

Mobile Subscriptions To Reach 4.6 Billion

Global mobile subscriptions are on track to reach 4.6 billion by the end of the year, and mobile broadband subscriptions are set to surpass 600 million in 2009, according to a new report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

More than a quarter of the world’s population is online and using the Internet, as of 2009. Increasing numbers are opting for high-speed Internet access, with fixed broadband subscriber numbers more than tripling from 150 million in 2004 to a projected 500 million by the end of 2009.

eBay Rethinks Customer Service In Europe
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eBay’s approach to customer service in Europe is about to change in a big way.  eBay announced today that it will eliminate a full 400 positions in Germany, while at the same time, the company intends to hire 100 new employees in Ireland and establish what it calls a "European Centre of Excellence." 

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Google Expands AdSense Euro Reporting
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Google has expanded the number of European places where Euro reporting is available for AdSense. Users who are in the following locations can now switch to local currency reports to view their earnings in Euros:

EU Says Internet Can Boost Economy
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More than half (56%) of Europeans are now regular Internet users compared to one third in 2004, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Half of households and more than 80 percent of businesses now have a broadband connection.

The most active Internet users are those between the ages of 16 to 24 with 73 percent of them regularly using advanced services to create and share online content, twice the EU population average (35%).

Global Online Population To Hit 2 Billion
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The number of people online globally is set to grow more than 45 percent to 2.2 billion users over the next five years, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

Asia will account for 43 percent of the world’s online population by 2013, with 17 percent residing in China.

Growth rates in the U.S., Western Europe, and nations in Asia Pacific such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea will slow to between 1 percent and 3 percent.

Europe To Get Standardized Mobile Phone Chargers
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Major producers of mobile phones have reached an agreement with the European Commission to standardize phone chargers in an effort to reduce unnecessary waste and provide convenience for users.

The first generation of the new interchargeable mobile phones is set to reach the EU market in 2010.

Google Street View Meeting EU Privacy Guidelines
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Google has announced it is making additional privacy modifications to its Street View project in Europe.

Google says it is continuing to work with the Article 29 Working Party, which brings together representatives from all 27 European Data Protection Authorities. It is complying with European authorities request to provide advance notice to the public about the Street View project before driving in a new country.

The Article 29 Working Party has requested that Google set a time limit on how long it retains unblurred photos of panoramas in Street View.

EU Fines Intel A Record $1.45 Billion

The European Commission has imposed a record fine against Intel Corp of $1.45 billion (1.06 billion euros) for violating antitrust rules and other practices used to exclude competitor AMD from the computer chip market.

Facebook Making Big Gains In Europe

Facebook is now the sixth most popular Web site in the world with 275 million visitors in February, a 175 percent increase over the previous year, according to comScore.

Facebook has experienced strong growth in Europe, where the site has seen a 314 percent increase to nearly 100 million visitors.

The Social Networking Landscape in India and Europe
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comScore released a couple of interesting reports today. The first involves the social networking landscape in Europe. According to comScore, France in particular had a big year when it comes to social networking, growing by 45% with Facebook as the leading network.

Mobile Internet Growth Driven By Social Networking
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Social networking is attracting new users to the mobile Web in Europe. In November, 34 percent of mobile phone owners in Western Europe who visited social networking sites accessed social media exclusive of all other mobile Web content, according to comScore.

With 12.1 million users in Western Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.), mobile social networking is a rapidly expanding category that grew 152 percent from November 2007 to November 2008.

Microsoft Creating Still More Search Centers
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We think Microsoft might just be rubbing it in at this point.  Even as Yahoo’s stock plunges and major layoffs are rumored to be on the way, Steve Ballmer has announced that his company is opening research centers in London, Munich, and Paris.

Microsoft Says Ciao to Online Shopping Search
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Microsoft is looking to boost its online shopping search market share. The company has announced an acquisition of Greenfield Online, owners of popular shopping search site Ciao.com.

This is the largest purchase Microsoft has made in a while. The company appears to be playing around with the money it had left from the Yahoo deal falling through. They dropped 486 million big ones on this one.

Google Keeping Street View Reined In Europe

Google’s camera cars may be prowling the streets of London now, prompting criticism from privacy advocates and a defensive response from the search advertising company.

MSFT Announces European Search Center Plans

Never mind advertising, upgrades, or even additional user bribes – when it comes to Live Search’s market share in Europe, Microsoft is going to pull out at least some of the stops and open a new search technology center.

Google Cities In 3D Waves To Europe
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Google Cities in 3D hasn’t been a strictly American affair; models of cities in Ireland and Japan, among other places, have shown up.  Google’s encouraging greater participation on the part of the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France, however, with the launch of some localized websites.

Report: Europe’s Online Ad Market Growing Fast

It’s mildly amazing to see another report about 2007 trickle in.  The contents of the report are interesting, too, as Europe’s online advertising market apparently expanded by about 4 billion since the year before.

Online Television Draws Large Audiences In Europe
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When it comes to online television, American companies and programs are what we tend to discuss.  Research shows that online television is extremely popular in Europe, however, and so Europeans could drive the next wave of advertising trends.

Google Almost At 80 Percent In Europe
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Europe’s full of different countries, and all that impressive European Union stuff aside, it’s hard to believe they’ve got much in common.  Yet judging from new comScore statistics, it seems as if Google is the sort of thing that’ll generate smiles, or at least recognition, everywhere.

250 Million Europeans Are Online
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More than half of Europeans are now regular Internet users, 80 percent of them have broadband connections and 60 percent of public services are online according to a new report from the European Commission.

In 2007, the Internet attracted close to 40 million new regular users in the EU (now 250 million in total). More than 96 percent of European schools are now connected to the Internet, two thirds of which have broadband.