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Microsoft May Be Fined Over Its EU Browser Snafu Microsoft May Be Fined Over Its EU Browser Snafu

You may remember when Microsoft got into some trouble with the European Commission over some potential antitrust violations. The Commission accused Microsoft of not offering a choice of browser to over 28 million Windows 7 users in February 2011. Microsoft …

EU Competition Chief Talks Antitrust Concerns About Google And Microsoft EU Competition Chief Talks Antitrust Concerns About Google And Microsoft

EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia spoke at Fordham University in New York City at an antitrust conference on Thursday. After talking about financial markets, benchmark rates manipulation, intellectual property and “keeping digital markets level and open,” Almunia had some things …

It Looks Like Google’s Search Results Are About To Change In Europe It Looks Like Google’s Search Results Are About To Change In Europe
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It looks like Google and the European Commission may have reached an agreement in the big antitrust battle. As reported yesterday, the Commission’s head of competition, Joaquin Almunia reportedly added to his list of conditions that Google apply any agreed …

Microsoft Admits That 28 Million PCs In Europe Don’t Offer Choice Of Web Browser Microsoft Admits That 28 Million PCs In Europe Don’t Offer Choice Of Web Browser
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On every PC sold in the U.S., Internet Explorer is the default Web browser. There’s nothing wrong with that since most of us have the decency to shove it to the side and download Firefox, Chrome or Opera instead. The …

What Is Google Doing To Its Search Results In Europe? What Is Google Doing To Its Search Results In Europe?

A month ago, it was reported that Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, had given Google a deadline of July 2 to come up with changes to its search results, which would address four main concerns. Now, Google …

Science Girl Ad: If You Want to Be Smart, You’d Better Work It
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Here’s a tip, science girl ad masterminds: If you want to attract more women to the field, the last thing you probably want to do is play into gender-based stereotypes. Unless you’re hopelessly single and/or a total misogynist, chances are …

Microsoft European Commission Fine Upheld at $1.1 Billion Microsoft European Commission Fine Upheld at $1.1 Billion

The General Court of the European Union has held up a regulatory fine against Microsoft in the amount of €860 million ($1.07 billion). Microsoft had appealed the 2008 decision which levied the record-breaking fine against the company for failing to …

Google Hosts EUhackathon 2012 in Belgium Google Hosts EUhackathon 2012 in Belgium

It’s a good day to be a tech-savvy child. The Reading Rainbow iPad app has finally launched, and hackers from all over the world are currently coding day and night to build a better internet for kids. The 2012 EUhackathon …

Google May Have To Change Search Results Google May Have To Change Search Results
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Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, has expressed concerns about Google, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to result in a long, drawn-out legal process for the company. Almunia and Google seem to be in the process of …

Neelie Kroes Discusses European Net Neutrality Neelie Kroes Discusses European Net Neutrality

Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Vice President of the European Commission, is an active supporter of net neutrality and all that it entails. In fact, she goes beyond the idea of an open net and in …

EU Antitrust Chief Offers Google Chance to Settle FairSearch Complaints EU Antitrust Chief Offers Google Chance to Settle FairSearch Complaints
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Google’s received a little bit of respite to resolve complaints of antitrust practices in the European Union, according to the Wall Street Journal. The European Commission has given the company the opportunity to offer up some remedies to antitrust complaints …

European Commission VP Pleads For an Open Web European Commission VP Pleads For an Open Web
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Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, gave a speech at the World Wide Web Conference 2012 in Lyon, France. In the speech she called on both governments and people to …

EU May Step In to Solve Apple, Microsoft Patent Dispute Against Motorola EU May Step In to Solve Apple, Microsoft Patent Dispute Against Motorola

European antitrust authorities may investigate a resolution regarding patent disputes filed by Apple and Microsoft against Motorola, after both claimants have asked for help in concluding the matter, which might ultimately lead to hefty fines for Google. In February, Microsoft …

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 …

European Consumers’ Organisation Calls For EU To Regulate Google European Consumers’ Organisation Calls For EU To Regulate Google

The European Commission is reportedly preparing its final recommendations in an antitrust case against Google. According to a report from the New York Times, investigators are expected to make recommendations to European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia, in the coming …

Cisco Challenges Microsoft’s Skype Acquisition In EU Court Cisco Challenges Microsoft’s Skype Acquisition In EU Court

Concerned that Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype could leave other video communications services out in the cold, Cisco is planning to challenge the deal through the European Union’s highest court. Although the European Commission already approved the acquisition last year, Cisco …

Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal
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Consumer Watchdog is pushing to get the European Commission to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and to issue a formal complaint against Google’s business practices. The group’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote a letter to Competition Commissioner …

Google Motorola Deal Review Suspended By European Commission Google Motorola Deal Review Suspended By European Commission

The European Commission has suspended the provisional deadline for its review of Google’s proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Bloomberg obtained comment from both the Commission and from Google. A spokesperson for the Commission said the review will continue after it’s …

Google Could Face Massive Fine Over Antitrust Complaint in Europe Google Could Face Massive Fine Over Antitrust Complaint in Europe
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Google may face a fine “up to 10% of its annual turnover” if a report from dealReporter, published by Financial Times is accurate. That is, reportedly, if Google can’t settle with the European Commission in an antitrust investigation stemming from …

Facebook Privacy Questioned By European Commission – Facebook Reacts Facebook Privacy Questioned By European Commission – Facebook Reacts
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It appears that the European Commission is preparing to crack down on Facebook. According to a report from the Telegraph earlier this week, the EC is planning to introduce a new directive that would actually ban targeted advertising on the site.

Facebook Ad Targeting In Jeopardy in Europe Facebook Ad Targeting In Jeopardy in Europe
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It would appear that Facebook users may be getting more control over their privacy and how their personal information is used. Reports have indicated that the company is close to settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which would keep Facebook …