EU Working to Be Self-Sufficient on Electric Vehicle Batteries by 2025

As electric and hybrid vehicles become standard, the EU is working to become self-sufficient in the batteries powering them by 2025.

EU Court Upholds Apple’s Irish Tax Deal

Apple scored a big win in European courts, with the General Court of the European Union ruling Apple’s tax deal with Ireland was legal.

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Agree To Censor EU “Hate Speech”

In a disturbing agreement from the perspective of free speech advocates Tuesday, the European Commission and U.S. based social media companies Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft agreed to a “Code of Conduct” on “hate speech”. It’s pretext is to stop…

EU Is Questioning Ecommerce Companies In Broad Inquiry

Back in March, the European Commission announced a proposal for an ecommerce sector antitrust inquiry. It said at the time that there were indications that some companies could be taking measures to restrict cross-border ecommerce, and that the inquiry would…

Should Google Be Slapped With Antitrust Action?

After a five-year long investigation, the European Commissioned announced it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product…

Google Is Reportedly About To Be Hit With Antitrust Charges In Europe

Earlier this month, we heard that the European Commission was about to “move against” Google, “setting the stage for charges” against the search giant after a five-year-long investigation and several attempts by Google to settle. Now, the WSJ is reporting…

Google Breakup Approved By European Parliament

As previously reported, the European Parliament was considering a proposal to call for a breakup of Google. More specifically, it wants to separate the company’s search business from the rest of its offerings. When the subject came up for a…

Should Google Be Broken Up?

As reported late last week, the European Parliament is considering a call to break up Google. This would specifically involve breaking the search business away from the rest of the business. Do you think a break-up of Google is a…

Android Antitrust Investigation Starting To Ramp Up

An EU antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices related to Android has been in the works for over a year, following a complaint filed by FairSearch.org in April, 2013. Now, things are starting to heat up. Reuters is reporting that…

Apple Gets EU Approval For Beats Acquisition, Is Reportedly About To Buy Swell

Apple’s acquisition of Beats has gained approval from the European Commission. The Commission concluded that the combination of these businesses does not raise any competition concerns because their combined market share is low, and because the two companies themselves aren’t…

FairSearch And Other Companies Pressure European Commission On Google

FairSearch is calling attention to a new campaign by The Open Internet Project seeking to raise “further scrutiny” of Google’s potential settlement with the European Commission over a lengthy antitrust investigation. The Open Internet Project is a group of European…

Google Antitrust Probe Finally Over?

Google has reached a settlement with the European Union to end a three-year antitrust investigation. The EU announced this morning that it has obtained “an improved commitments proposal” from the company. In the proposal, Google guarantees that whenever it promotes…

Google EU Antitrust Settlement Expected In Days

Though this wouldn’t be the first time we thought so, Google and the EU are reportedly very close to finally settling the big antitrust probe that’s been going on for about three years. Of course, this isn’t official yet, but…

Google’s Proposals Still Not Good Enough For EU

The European Commission is reportedly not accepting Google’s latest proposal to settle the lengthy antitrust probe into the company’s search business. In October, commissioner Joaquin Almunia asked Google’s competitors to review the concessions offered by the search giant, which included…

FairSearch Deems Google’s EU Proposal ‘Ineffective’

A couple weeks ago, Google addressed the ongoing antitrust probe it has been facing in Europe, highlighting the latest version of its concessions with hopes to “move forward”. The company said it would give links to rival sites ““much more…

European Commission Approves Microsoft Nokia Deal

The European Commission announced today that it has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile device business. The deal was first announced in September, and gained shareholder approval last month. The Commission said, “The Commission concluded that the transaction would not…

Google Aims To Put European Antitrust Issues In The Past

Google addressed the ongoing antitrust probe it has been facing in Europe again this morning, highlighting the latest version of its concessions with hopes to “move forward”. Google says it will give links to rival sites “much more real estate…

European Commission Asks Google Competitors To Review Antitrust Proposals

At the beginning of the month, European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia gave a speech providing an update on where the lengthy Google antitrust probe stood. He said the Commission had been negotiating with the company, and Google had offered…

The Big Google Antitrust Probe May Be Nearing End

A few weeks ago, we learned that Google had given the European Commission a new proposal to potentially resolve a lengthy antitrust probe after failing to reach a resolution with an earlier proposal. The probe has been going on for…

Google Reportedly Gives Europe A New Proposal To Resolve Antitrust Probe

Back in July, we heard that the European Commission was waiting for Google to revise earlier proposals it made to resolve an ongoing antitrust probe related to its search business. Now, word is out that in order to avoid a…