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Tech giants call for more content liability protection in the EU

By Amazon, apple, digital services act, eBay, ec, engadget, eu, European Commission, european union, europeancommission, europeanunion, facebook, gear, google, Microsoft, Mozilla, News, politics, snap, spotofy, tiktok, Twitter, verizon, yelp

Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and other tech giants have urged the European Union for more liability protection to help them tackle illegal content and hate speech. Edima, an association that represents the companies, arg…

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The EU is testing cross-border COVID-19 contact tracing

By contact tracing, coronavirus, covid-19, czech republic, czechrepublic, Denmark, ec, engadget, eu, European Commission, european union, europeancommission, europeanunion, gear, Germany, Ireland, Italy, lavtia, News

Several European Union countries are testing a system that enables their COVID-19 contact tracing apps to work across borders. The apps for the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Latvia will exchange information during the tr…

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EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s Fitbit purchase

By advertising, antitrust, Business, data, engadget, eu, European Commission, european union, europeancommission, europeanunion, fitbit, gear, google, health data, healthdata, News, wearables

European Commission antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into Google’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of wearables company Fitbit. They’re “concerned” that the acquisition would bolster Google’s already-dominant position in online…

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Facebook is facing an EU investigation over data collection

By api, data collection, datacollection, engadget, eu, European Commission, european union, europeancommission, europeanunion, facebook, Facebook Marketplace, facebookmarketplace, gear, politics, Security

Google isn’t the only tech giant facing an investigation from European Union antitrust regulators over data collection and monetization. The European Commission has Facebook in its sights too.

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Google appeals $1.7 billion EU fine over restrictive ad contracts

By adsense, antitrust, appeal, Business, engadget, European Commission, european union, europeancommission, europeanunion, fine, gear, google, Google: AdSense, googleadsense, politics

As was expected, Google is appealing a €1.49 billion ($1.7 billion) fine laid against it by the European Commission related to its AdSense advertising business. Antitrust officials found that, in contracts with major sites between 200…

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Mozilla says Facebook isn’t transparent enough with political ads

By add-on, ads, advertising, engadget, eu, europeancommission, facebook, Firefox, gear, Internet, plugin, politics, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, transparency

It’s not just activist groups complaining that Facebook’s browser add-on policies are hurting political ad transparency. Mozilla has sent a letter to the European Commission contending that Facebook’s approach is creating a “lack of transparency.”…

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EU offers bounties to help find security flaws in open source tools

By apache, bugbounty, drupal, engadget, eu, Europe, europeancommission, europeanunion, foss, fossa, gear, Internet, keepass, opensource, Security, vlc

The European Union believes it has a simple way to bolster its digital security: offer lots of cold, hard cash. The European Commission is launching bug bounties in January that will offer prizes in return for spotting security flaws in 14 fre…

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EU approves Disney’s purchase of Fox assets, with conditions

By 21stcenturyfox, acquisition, av, disney, engadget, entertainment, europeancommission, europeanunion, fox, Internet, movies, Regulation, services, television, TV

Disney’s acquisition of Fox studios and TV channels is one step closer to becoming a practical reality. The European Commission has approved the mega-deal under the condition that Disney has to divest its stake in “factual channels” it controls in t…

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Google to split Chrome and Search from Android in EU

By android, antitrust, chrome, engadget, eu, europeancommission, europeanunion, gear, google, Mobile, politics, Regulation, search, smartphone

Google is fighting the EU’s Android antitrust fine tooth and nail, but it’s also making major changes to its licensing policy to comply with that decision in the meantime. To begin with, it’s separating the license for its standard apps from Chrome…

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Netflix and Amazon will have to make more European content by law

By Amazon, amazonprimevideo, av, content, contentquotas, engadget, entertainment, eu, Europe, europeancommission, europeanunion, gear, Germany, netflix, politics, streamingservices, stremaing

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will likely soon have to ensure at least 30 percent of their libraries are dedicated to local content in the European Union. A preliminary agreement on the rules is already in place, and R…

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Europe is reportedly ready to clear Apple’s purchase of Shazam

By antitrust, apple, av, Business, engadget, entertainment, europeancommission, gear, investigation, musicstreaming, services, shazam

In April, the European Commission (EC) announced that it was launching an in-depth investigation into Apple’s proposed purchase of Shazam — a deal that was announced last December. Now, according to Reuters, two people familiar with the matter say E…

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Google will make copyright credits more apparent in image searches

By antitrust, copyright, engadget, eu, europeancommission, gear, gettyimages, google, images, imagesearch, Internet, law

Google has reached a deal to end Getty Images’ European complaint over photo copyrights, and it’s quite likely that you’ll notice the effects. A new agreement between the two will see Google obtain a “multi-year” license for Getty’s photos in its pro…

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EU says social media is getting better at blocking hate speech

By engadget, europeancommission, europeanunion, facebook, gear, Germany, google, hatespeech, instagram, Internet, Microsoft, socialnetwork, Twitter, youtube

In 2016, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube signed on to a European Union code of conduct, agreeing to review all reports of hate speech on their platforms within 24 hours and taking down flagged posts if necessary. The EU has kept close…

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Digital rights groups speak out against EU plan to scan online content

By civilliberties, copyright, electronicfrontierfoundation, engadget, europeancommission, europeanunion, facebook, gear, humanrights, Internet, netflix, politics, privacy, Security, services, singledigitalmarket, youtube

For the past few years, the European Union has been developing reforms that would turn Europe into a Digital Single Market. Under such a structure, anyone in Europe would be able to buy goods and services online from any of the EU member state…

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Digital rights groups speak out against EU plan to scan online content

By civilliberties, copyright, electronicfrontierfoundation, engadget, europeancommission, europeanunion, facebook, gear, humanrights, Internet, netflix, politics, privacy, Security, services, singledigitalmarket, youtube

For the past few years, the European Union has been developing reforms that would turn Europe into a Digital Single Market. Under such a structure, anyone in Europe would be able to buy goods and services online from any of the EU member state…

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BMW denies conspiring with rivals on diesel emissions systems

By adblue, audi, BMW, car, daimler, diesel, Emissions, engadget, Europe, europeancommission, gear, green, mercedes-benz, Pollution, porsche, Regulation, Transportation, vehicle, Volkswagen, vw

VW isn’t the only German automaker reeling from the effects of diesel emissions scandals. BMW is denying Der Spiegel allegations that it not only colluded with Daimler and the Volkswagen Auto Group (including Audi and Porsche) on the designs and pri…

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EU will push Apple, Google to treat app developers fairly

By apple, applenews, deezer, engadget, eu, Europe, europeancommission, europeanunion, gear, google, Internet, politics, Regulation, services, spotify

Spotify and other services aren’t happy with being at the mercy of internet giants like Apple and Google. If those behemoths want to stifle competition, they only have to impose strict app rules or promote their own products over others. Well, the…

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Europeans will get ‘portable’ streaming libraries next year

By av, digitalsinglemarket, engadget, entertainment, eu, Europe, europeancommission, europeanunion, geo-blocking, geoblocking, Internet, netflix, politics, services, Streaming

The European Union is supposed to be a big, borderless family of member states, but this concept is far from true in the online world. For several years, EU regulators have been working towards a “Digital Single Market” with the aim of breaking down…

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ASUS is being investigated for price manipulation in Europe

By antitrust, Asus, Business, Culture, denon, ec, engadget, Europe, europeancommission, gear, Internet, marantz, personal computing, personalcomputing, philips, pioneer, pricefixing

In one of several antitrust investigations launched today, the European Commission has begun probing tech brands ASUS, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for suspected price manipulation. As the press release explains, the Commission…

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