European Commission VP Pleads For an Open Web

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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…

Microsoft Confronts Google With Antitrust Complaint

The phrase “wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy” apparently doesn’t apply to Microsoft’s antitrust-related examinations at the hands of the European Commission.  Late yesterday, Microsoft announced that it’s filing a complaint about Google with the organization. Microsoft’s own experiences…

Google, EU Said To Be In “Tentative Discussions”

The group that’s fined companies like Microsoft and Intel billions of euros in the past few years might reach a less harsh solution where its antitrust probe of Google is concerned.  Rumors indicate that Google and the European Commission are holding talks.

Note: these rumors are very much unproven, with even the unnamed source who leaked them indicating that negotiations aren’t far along.  Google could still be in a lot of trouble.

European Commission Widens Google Inquiry

Google’s lawyers in Europe, who have been forced to deal with all sorts of investigations and inquiries over the past few years, have just had more obstacles dropped in their way.  A new report’s indicated that the European Commission will look into two antitrust complaints originating in Germany.

European Commission Turns Magnifying Glass On Google

Google may soon find it necessary to send another plane full of lawyers across the Atlantic.  European regulators have decided to take a closer look at the company’s business practices in response to three separate antitrust complaints.

Report: EU To Approve Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

The proposed Microsoft-Yahoo search partnership may soon be approved by one set of regulators, at least.  A new report indicates that the European Commission will give it a green light one week from today.

European Commission Clears Joint Venture To Fight Google

For some time now, a sort of "Google vs. Everybody" situation has been developing in Germany.  The bad news for the search giant is that, as four online marketing agencies have prepared to team up, the situation’s continuing to take shape, and the European Commission is fine with it.

Microsoft Yahoo Deal Approval Gets Deadline in Europe

Remember that proposed Microsoft Yahoo search and advertising deal? It’s still awaiting regulatory approval, but it might be a step closer to its destiny soon, no matter which way it goes.

The European Commission has set a deadline for a decision on approval of Microsoft’s bid (via Reuters). The date is February 19, or exactly a month from today. The deadline was published yesterday within a list of other deadlines for other deals.