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Five EU Countries Taken to Court for Failing to Implement Cookie Law

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Europe's top regulatory authority is taking five E.U. countries to court for failing to implement so-called cookie laws....
Five EU Countries Taken to Court for Failing to Implement Cookie Law

EC Says Telco Standards Could Make €110 Billion New Digital Content Market

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The European Commission reckons it could unlock €110 ($147.99/£93.27) billion a year in new digital business by harmonising rules for the bloc’s telecoms market. A study it commissioned from Ecorys, published on Tuesday, says the gain would come to content and telco operators from telecom rules that were revised...
EC Says Telco Standards Could Make €110 Billion New Digital Content Market

Apple's Warranty Practices Still Not Good Enough for Europe

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Apple’s battle over product warranty disclosures in Italy is beginning to spill over into the rest of the European Union. Apple, which in 2011 was fined $1.2 million for allegedly upselling its Italian customers into AppleCare extended warranties despite their overlap with the standard two-year product warranty required by European...
Apple's Warranty Practices Still Not Good Enough for Europe

11 EU countries complain about Apple's advertising of warranties

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Europe's top consumer watchdog received complaints about Apple's advertising of product warranties from 11 different countries....
11 EU countries complain about Apple's advertising of warranties

EU Probes iPhone Contracts

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BRUSSELS — The European Union acknowledged that it is looking into complaints from some telecoms operators that Apple Inc.’s terms for carrying the iPhone are anticompetitive, but said the matter isn’t formal and competition in the smartphone market is strong. Several European operators have submitted concerns about their contracts with...
EU Probes iPhone Contracts

Apple wins European ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, loses 10.1N appeal

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Apple won a split-decision in a German court against Samsung’s Galaxy tablets. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court banned Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab 7.7 in all EU countries, but the iPad maker lost an appeal to block sales of the Korean company’s larger Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The ruling in favor of...
Apple wins European ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, loses 10.1N appeal

ACTA Approval On Hold While EU Commission Asks EU Court Of Justice To Weigh In

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It appears that ACTA's main political backers, the EU Commission, have finally realized that they were increasingly in trouble in terms of actually getting ACTA ratified. The EU's main negotiator on ACTA, Karel De Gucht has now said that the Commission is going to ask the EU Court of Justice...
ACTA Approval On Hold While EU Commission Asks EU Court Of Justice To Weigh In

Portuguese Government Capitulates On Copyright Levies, Despite Lack Of Support From Public And Artists

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Back in February last year, Techdirt wrote about the rather pathetic attempts of the Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA) to drum up some support among its members for a new copyright levy on storage devices in the face of a public outcry at the extra costs this would impose on...
Portuguese Government Capitulates On Copyright Levies, Despite Lack Of Support From Public And Artists

Unhappy Google's Not Changed Privacy Policy, EU Vows Six Individual EU Nations Will Press On

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The European Union’s privacy watchdog announced today that as Google hasn’t made suggested changes to its privacy policy, it will continue investigating. Well, six EU countries will, to see if there’s actual action to be taken against Google. The European Union’s... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article....
Unhappy Google's Not Changed Privacy Policy, EU Vows Six Individual EU Nations Will Press On

Windows Phone edges closer to RIM in Europe as Android powers ahead

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Google OS takes 60% and more of handset sales in US and big European countries, but Nokia starting to assert itself tooThe remark by the RIM chief executive that "we have a clear shot at being the number three platform on the market" in smartphones is under threat in Europe....
Windows Phone edges closer to RIM in Europe as Android powers ahead
UK judge: Galaxy Tab not "cool" enough to infringe iPad design

France hits Apple with 5 million euro bill for unpaid taxes on 2011 iPad sales

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In the midst of the U.S. government’s interest in Apple and other large multinationals that “avoid” paying taxes in the U.S. or repatriating funds stored abroad, RudeBaguette.com notes that the French society of authors, composers, and music publishers (SACEM) has announced that Apple owes around 5 million euros in unpaid...
France hits Apple with 5 million euro bill for unpaid taxes on 2011 iPad sales
iMac shipping times continue to slip in EU to 4-6 weeks, as iPad mini shipping estimates improve

Is Norway Leaving Its Tech Startups Out In The Cold?

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I am regularly reminded of the amazing innovation coming out of the Nordic region. Countries like Sweden, Finland and even tiny Denmark regularly punch above their weight, producing global companies like Spotify, Rovio, Tradeshift and Everbread. But there remains one country which seems bizarrely content not to engage nearly as...
Is Norway Leaving Its Tech Startups Out In The Cold?

Has Spain Just Slammed On The Brakes For Europe's Unitary Patent Plans?

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Although the European Union finally approved the continent-wide Unitary Patent in December 2012, after decades of discussions, the story is by no means at an end. Science describes the root of the problem: The final agreement introduced a complex arrangement for the oversight of patent matters by the Court...
Has Spain Just Slammed On The Brakes For Europe's Unitary Patent Plans?

Pink Floyd and Radiohead blast new copyright collection plan

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The European Commission proposed a law on Wednesday to fix the continent’s complicated royalty collection process and to pave the way for easier digital distribution. Prominent musicians, however, immediately slammed the proposal, saying it fails to fix problems of inefficiency and embezzlement. Reuters reports that Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and...
Pink Floyd and Radiohead blast new copyright collection plan

EU countries to allow reuse of public data, including from libraries and museums

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Believe it or not, the European Union's public data hasn't been very public: despite a 2003 directive, there wasn't a clear right to reuse weather or other vital data, whether it's for an app or a service. Logic is taking hold now that 27 countries on an EU Council...
EU countries to allow reuse of public data, including from libraries and museums

To Start An Online Store In Greece, You Have To Do Something Pretty Gross

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It's stories like these that make you think: Wow, perhaps Greece really does have some major reforms it can do. Ektahimerini has a story on what it takes to open an online store in Greece. It focuses on Fotis Antonopoulos, the co-founder of olive oil site Oliveshop.com. There's months...
To Start An Online Store In Greece, You Have To Do Something Pretty Gross

Angela Merkel stands firm on Greece at G8 talks

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After inconclusive discussions, leaders issue communique saying 'the right measures are not the same for each of us'Angela Merkel has declined to shift position on fresh measures to stimulate demand in the euro area, including the idea of eurobonds, leaving other EU countries hoping she will adopt a more conciliatory...
Angela Merkel stands firm on Greece at G8 talks

Apple to stop Mac Pro shipments to EU ahead of promised 2013 update

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On March 1, Apple has to stop selling the Mac Pro in Europe because of new safety regulations that will soon go into effect. Apple just informed its European resellers of this news. While Apple has to stop selling new Mac Pros as of March 1, its local resellers in...
Apple to stop Mac Pro shipments to EU ahead of promised 2013 update

Rumors: Sprint plans to offer TEP coverage for iPhone; Verizon leak hints at shared data plans

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Sprint plans to offer its Total Equipment Protection coverage for the iPhone. SprintFeed received a tip that iPhone users who decided against AppleCare+ may have a second option through the carrier’s alternative insurance program. Sprint device owners can now pay an $8 monthly premium for TEP insurance that covers...
Rumors: Sprint plans to offer TEP coverage for iPhone; Verizon leak hints at shared data plans
Consumer groups in 10 more EU countries seeking alterations to AppleCare

UK joins US in lobbying Brussels over data protection rules

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Other countries including Germany, Sweden and Belgium also make objections, as American companies voice concernsThe UK is among nine countries lobbying Brussels to ease proposed rules on data protection - in a move that will come as a relief to US technology companies including Google and Facebook which have been...
UK joins US in lobbying Brussels over data protection rules

Mobile data roaming is set to become a lot cheaper in Europe as new EU price caps roll out

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Staying connected as you travel around Europe is about to get a lot cheaper for millions of EU citizens as new European Union price caps on mobile data roaming come into force. From 1 July 2012, EU mobile operators will be able to charge no more than 70 euro cents plus...
Mobile data roaming is set to become a lot cheaper in Europe as new EU price caps roll out

European regulators blast Google for continued EU privacy violations

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On Tuesday, six European data protection authorities (DPAs) lambasted Google for continued violations of European privacy rules. Under Google's new unified privacy policy, which was put into place last year, European authorities argue that it's nearly impossible for users to understand what personal data is being used for what...
European regulators blast Google for continued EU privacy violations

How Europe is dealing with the cookie crisis

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The end of the world is nigh, if you believe some of the doomy predictions around the ‘EU cookie law’. Coming into force in the UK on Saturday, Article 5(3) of the E-Privacy Directive (happy reading) says EU countries have to make sure consumers are “offered the right to refuse”...
How Europe is dealing with the cookie crisis
Will there be an Amazon of Europe?

Has Spain Just Slammed On The Brakes For Europe's Unitary Patent Plans?

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Although the European Union finally approved the continent-wide Unitary Patent in December 2012, after decades of discussions, the story is by no means at an end. Science describes the root of the problem: The final agreement introduced a complex arrangement for the oversight of patent matters by the Court...
Has Spain Just Slammed On The Brakes For Europe's Unitary Patent Plans?

European Union's Data Retention Law Could Breach Citizens' Fundamental Rights

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Back in April 2011, we wrote about the Czech Constitutional Court ruling that the country's data retention plans were illegal. As we noted then, many other EU countries had also run into similar problems trying to implement the European Data Retention Directive. In one of them, Austria, the issue was...
European Union's Data Retention Law Could Breach Citizens' Fundamental Rights

Acta set to fail after Europe's trade committee votes against it

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Vote may herald the first time the European Parliament has written off an international agreement since 2008European lawmakers rejected the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) on Thursday, signalling that the European Parliament may soon use new-found rights to derail an international agreement for the first time."This vote is the penultimate...
Acta set to fail after Europe's trade committee votes against it
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