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Google offers to advertise rival services to avoid EU antitrust concerns

Motorola now officially being investigated for abusing its patents in Europe

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Both Apple and Microsoft have formally complained about Motorola's alleged abuse of "standards-essential" patents, and today the European Commission has been equally formal in starting an antitrust investigation into their claims. In fact, there'll be two separate investigations -- one to discover whether Motorola Mobility failed to honor its FRAND...
Motorola now officially being investigated for abusing its patents in Europe

European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

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Now that the EU's ratification of ACTA has departed from the original script of everyone just waving it through, the European Commission is clearly trying to come up with Plan B. Some insights into its thinking can be gained from the minutes (pdf) of a recent Commission meeting, pointed out...
European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

Report: Google Could Soon Face New FTC Antitrust Probe Into Its Display Ads Business

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New Bloomberg today reports that Google could face a new U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust probe into its display advertising business. As Bloomberg’s Brian Womack and Sara Forden note, the FCC is looking into whether Google used its strong position in this market to “illegally curb competition.” The investigators, the...
Report: Google Could Soon Face New FTC Antitrust Probe Into Its Display Ads Business

EU fines Microsoft over $730 million for failing to include browser ballot in Windows 7 SP1

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Nearly 20 years later, the decision to bundle a web browser with Windows is still giving Microsoft grief. Today, the European Union has decided to fine the company €561 million (around $730 million) for breaking a 2009 antitrust agreement. At the time, Microsoft agreed to include a browser ballot...
EU fines Microsoft over $730 million for failing to include browser ballot in Windows 7 SP1

We're Really Sorry, Marie Curie

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There's only one word for the European Commission's attempt to attract women to careers in science: sorry. From: Women, everywhere Subject: "Science: It's a Girl Thing!" Date: June 27, 2012 11:15 AM EDT To: Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, Florence Nightingale, Rosalind Franklin, Jane Goodall, and millions more... Cc: European Commission Dear Ms....
We're Really Sorry, Marie Curie

EU plans $6.4 billion effort to boost chip manufacturing

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The European Commission is spending 5 billion euros to coordinate and advance the processor industry in Europe. The goal: a fifth of worldwide manufacturing. [Read more]...
EU plans $6.4 billion effort to boost chip manufacturing

European Commission backs calls for open access to scientific research

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Move follows announcement by UK government that it wants all taxpayer-funded research to be free to view by 2014The European Commission, which controls one of the world's largest science budgets, has backed calls for free access to publicly funded research in a move that could force a major change in...
European Commission backs calls for open access to scientific research

European Commission clears Vodafone, Telefonica UK and Everything Everywhere's mobile wallet and advertising plans

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Everything Everywhere's been keeping itself plenty busy on the mobile wallet frontier and its involvement with the slow-burning alliance with Telefonica UK (O2) and Vodafone has finally been given a nod of approval from the European Commission. The joint venture aims to "remove a number of barriers" that are...
European Commission clears Vodafone, Telefonica UK and Everything Everywhere's mobile wallet and advertising plans

Orange says it'll bring LTE to all of its EU markets by 2015

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Orange made a bold pledge to the future of Europe's "digital economy" yesterday, promising to bring 4G / LTE networks to all EU markets by the year 2015, and reaffirming its commitment to Africa and the Middle East. The France-based carrier outlined its plan during an event in Brussels,...
Orange says it'll bring LTE to all of its EU markets by 2015

EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week

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The day before the EU's International Trade committee (INTA) recommended that the European Parliament should reject ACTA, the EU commissioner with responsibility for the treaty, Karel De Gucht, had given a speech to its members, trying to win them over. Although it was short, it turns out to be highly...
EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week
Samsung drops Apple patent lawsuits in Europe

Six ideas to save the EU

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The EU is facing greater hostility from within than perhaps at any time since its incarnation. Writers from six leading newspapers in the six largest countries suggest six ideas to help redefine the union. Add your own thoughts belowStop the Strasbourg shuttleIt was a 10-hour round trip last Wednesday for...
Six ideas to save the EU

Microsoft Dealt Blow in Europe

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Microsoft suffered a blow in its long-running battle with European Union regulators as Europe's second-highest court decided to only slightly reduce a 2008 European Commission fine....
Microsoft Dealt Blow in Europe

Google must answer trust concerns

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The European Commission tells Google it has a "matter of weeks" to allay fears it is abusing its position as the world's dominant search engine....
Google must answer trust concerns

Google's search concessions to the EU are now out and up for comment

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The European Commission has formally announced the measures that Google has offered to take in order to settle a major antitrust investigation into its practices. It now wants “interested parties” to have their say on the proposals over the next month, after which it will decide whether to make them...
Google's search concessions to the EU are now out and up for comment

Microsoft's €899 million antitrust fine upheld by European court

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The European Union's General Court today rejected Microsoft's appeal of a 2008 antitrust ruling in which the software giant was fined €899 million ($1.12 billion) for failing to comply with a previous antitrust decision. The case goes all the way back to 1993 when Novell complained about Microsoft licensing practices....
Microsoft's €899 million antitrust fine upheld by European court

European Commission investigating 13 companies for optical drive price fixing

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The European Commission is digging it its heels and officially launching an investigation into 13 companies for allegedly rigging bids on optical drives with at least two major OEMs. The companies haven't been named, but it's safe to assume if the Commission is getting involved these aren't two-bit players...
European Commission investigating 13 companies for optical drive price fixing

Why big data could sink Europe's 'right to be forgotten'

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Europe’s proposed ‘right to be forgotten’ has been the subject of intense debate, with many people arguing it’s simply not practical in the age of the internet for any data to be reliably expunged from history. Well, add another voice to that mix. The European Network and Information Security Agency...
Why big data could sink Europe's 'right to be forgotten'

Big Win For Amazon, B&N In Europe: Apple, Four Big Publishers Terminate Their Agency Deal

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Some development in the e-book price war being played out in Europe — and an indirect victory for Amazon and any other retailer not called Apple in the process: the European Commission has announced that Apple and the four big publishers Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have offered...
Big Win For Amazon, B&N In Europe: Apple, Four Big Publishers Terminate Their Agency Deal
European Commission wants your opinion on net neutrality

Microsoft hit with $730 million fine in Europe over browser choice 'non-compliance'

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There's so much deja vu here it's almost bewildering, but Microsoft has managed to get itself fined by the European Commission once again for failing to comply with its earlier commitments to offer browser choice to its customers. The penalty of 561 million euros ($730 million) isn't the biggest...
Microsoft hit with $730 million fine in Europe over browser choice 'non-compliance'
ACTA fails to gain ITC approval, MEPs vote to reject controversial piracy treaty

Too Little, Too Late? ICOMP Prepares To Fight Google's Antitrust Settlement Proposal

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The European Commission today asked Google’s competitors and others working in the Internet industry in the region for feedback on proposals made by Google to settle its years-long antitrust investigation. Swiftly, ICOMP, one of the chief lobbying organizations fighting against the search giant, has already issued a preliminary response: Google’s...
Too Little, Too Late? ICOMP Prepares To Fight Google's Antitrust Settlement Proposal

Google agrees to show prominent links from rival services in its search results for next five years

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The European Commission is asking for feedback on new proposals set out today by Google to address growing concerns that it is abusing its market leader position in Web search. The central issue revolves around how the company links to its own specialized search products, such as Google Shopping, to...
Google agrees to show prominent links from rival services in its search results for next five years

Kroes reveals Azerbaijan hacking

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Laptops belonging to European Commission officials were hacked when taken to a government conference in Azerbaijan, says an official....
Kroes reveals Azerbaijan hacking

Online Music Piracy Doesn't Hurt Sales, European Commission Finds

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findings indicate that digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital format. This means that although there is trespassing of private property rights, there is unlikely to be much harm done on digital music revenues,” they write....
Online Music Piracy Doesn't Hurt Sales, European Commission Finds

After Expedia, TripAdvisor files EU antitrust complaint against Google

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Late last week, online travel agency Expedia filed an antitrust complaint against Google, accusing the Internet search and advertising giant of breaching European Union regulations. It thus joined about a dozen other (mostly smaller) firms that have taken their case to the European Commission in the past two years. And...
After Expedia, TripAdvisor files EU antitrust complaint against Google

Apple Backs Down In European Antitrust Case, Leaving Coast Clear For Amazon

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Apple and a group of the world's leading book publishers have thrown in the towel in their European battle to keep their pricing agreements in place. An announcement by the European Commission says that publishers Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster will no longer give preferential treatment to Apple....
Apple Backs Down In European Antitrust Case, Leaving Coast Clear For Amazon

Europe's Telco Giants In Talks To Create Pan-European Network, Reports FT

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Europe’s largest mobile network operators are considering pooling their resources to create pan-European network infrastructure, the FT is reporting. Quoting several people familiar with the situation, the paper says discussions to potentially “unite Europe’s fragmented national markets” were prompted by the European Commission — reportedly keen for more radical options...
Europe's Telco Giants In Talks To Create Pan-European Network, Reports FT
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