Over 4,000 companies affected
A data-sharing agreement between the European Union and the United States should be invalidated after the revelation of mass surveillance programs uncovered thanks to the…
Russian authorities may start trying to extract more tax from foreign tech firms such as Google and Apple, according to a report…
And look where he did it
Zero-rating – where carriers charge nothing or very little for the data used by specific apps and web services – is a…
50,000 of what exactly?
The newly humble Uber has made its pitch to city officials around Europe by promising the creation of “50,000 jobs” during 2015…
Was it a special deal?
Last year the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into Amazon’s Luxembourg tax arrangements, which may be illegal. Amazon funnels its European…
Something doesn't fit
In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the European Commission to deliver…
When it comes to freeing up the valuable 700MHz airwaves for mobile broadband, Europe’s wheels are slowly turning. Last September, former trade…
National laws in trouble
The European Parliament’s legal advisors have issued a report into the repercussions of last year’s ruling by the Court of Justice of…
Apple has quietly introduced a 14-day return policy for iTunes, App Store, and iBooks purchases in several countries in Europe, according to 9to5Mac.…
Won't extend what doesn't work
Ever since Germany’s Günther Oettinger became the new EU commissioner for the digital economy, with copyright reform as part of his brief,…
Your guide to the VAT bomb
Starting in January, new EU tax rules will force many businesses offering online services across the Union to take on a load of…
Get a move on
European member states may be keen to water down current net neutrality proposals and push back against the centralization of radio spectrum…
The Council of the EU, representing the 28 member states, is currently debating how to finalize the strict net neutrality rules that…
With a new European Commission having taken the place of the one that proposed the Telecom Package, and with that bundle of laws not having achieved final approval yet, hard-won battles may need to be fought again.
Günther Oettinger, the man who will likely oversee much of Europe’s digital policy from later this year, made a pretty startling slip-up during his confirmation hearing.
The move would let Europe catch up with the U.S. on using 700MHz spectrum for broadband rather than TV broadcasts and wireless microphones.
While the world looks towards Cupertino in September for signs of a new iPhone, developers will have an eye on Europe as Google stops listing apps that offer in-app purchases as “Free”.
As the controversy continues over a new law that lets people delete Google listings, the company’s head lawyer offered a view from inside the company.
It’s now cheaper for Europeans to use the mobile internet, voice and SMS while traveling within the European Union. However, the plan is for the price difference between domestic and roaming mobile use to be completely eliminated.
The search engine has begun to comply with a landmark Court of Justice of the European Union ruling that says people must be able to force search providers to de-link certain content about them that is out-of-date or unwelcome.
The anticipated first quarter closing date for Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s phone business is getting a small reboot: Nokia says the deal will close in April. What’s the holdup? Perhaps the biggest market for smartphones: China.
The two-week delay is apparently down to technicalities over translations, but those opposed to anti-neutrality amendments made by some in the committee say it will give everyone a chance to better examine the details of the text.
Gigaom Research forecasts that EU developers will collect $86 billion in 2018 revenue. $62.8 billion of that will come from contract labor. The report driving this post was underwritten by the European Commission.
Many EU app developers are missing a big potential opportunity to help companies outsource app work. The report driving this post was underwritten by the European Commission.
Digital cameras’ sensors leave unique fingerprints on the photos they take, and new research shows how this could be used to link snaps to the online identities of those who took them.
In order to respond to customers in a timely manner, it’s important that businesses focus on data velocity–the speed at which data can be generated, collected, processed, and analyzed.
Apple shied away from an earlier plan to standardize on a common phone charger, but it won’t be able to dodge this new, environment-driven piece of legislation.
The EU’s General Court has dismissed Cisco’s challenge against the European Commission’s approval of Microsoft’s Skype takeover. But it did so mostly because Microsoft is no longer the market-dominating powerhouse it once was.
Suffering Twitter withdrawal while you’re flying over European Union airspace? You may be in luck, after regulators changed radio spectrum rules to allow the use of mobile broadband 3km up in the air — but the decision really rests with your airline.
Gigaom Research is advising the EC on what it could do to help app developers create and hold onto European jobs, and inject a little startup juice into the EU app economy.
It would be no good for competition if Samsung were allowed to stick to its standards-essential patent commitments for five years, only to go back to its rule-breaking ways afterwards.
Samsung is still on the hook in the EU over antitrust concerns – regulators there reckon that if you’ve agreed to license…
WiMAX was a flop for Intel, but it hasn’t given up on mobile networking. It’s staking a claim in the next generation of mobile broadband technologies, 5G, creating an organization called ISRA to research it.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told EU commissioner of justice Viviane Reding that the NSA is primarily targeting U.S. citizens and suspected foreign terrorists in its data collection efforts.
The proposed new rules would stop carriers from blocking services that compete with their own, but still allow subtler types of discrimination. It would be an improvement, but also allow the creation of a two-speed internet.
From smart fabrics to sensors that are powered by the very vibrations they measure, researchers and companies are hard at work figuring out how to make the most of the energy around us.
Good news for startups hoping to draw on public road traffic and weather data, among other types: changes agreed on Wednesday should allow the use of such data for free or at very low cost.
The Digital Public Library of America, an initiative to make the collections of research libraries, museums and archives freely available to the U.S. public online, will launch on April 18 with an initial collection of two to three million items.
Remember when Google drew together all its privacy policies last March? That move has now prompted investigations from privacy regulators across Europe, who say the company has ignored their recommendations.
Apple’s warranty practices come under fire again in Europe as EU Justice Commissioner calls for better enforcement of current consumer protection laws.
If Google really did set off the process that led to Microsoft’s mammoth fine, then this was in a way just another episode in an increasingly nasty war between the two companies.
Europe needs to do more to reduce wasteful energy consumption, and its policy makers are looking at how to green its data centers to help them achieve a 2020 energy efficiency goal.
Europe used to lead the world in mobile technologies, but with 4G it’s fallen behind. Neelie Kroes wants to change that by funding 5G research and improving EU spectrum coordination.
How do you highlight examples of big corporations’ lobbying proposals being copied, word-for-word, into proposed laws? For EU privacy activists, the answer lies in many eyes.
The EU is preparing a package of loans to boost broadband speeds and access across Europe. Neelie Krose, the VP of European Commission is meeting with telecom CEOs and government leaders to push a broadband loan package worth €9.2 billion.
The European Union’s head of the Justice Commission is asking member countries whether Apple has properly been advertising EU shoppers’ right to a two-year warranty with purchase of its products. This follow’s Italy’s aggressive enforcement of the same practice.
The EC’s long-anticipated plan to push cloud computing region-wide is out. It pledges — generally — to pursue a single set of data protection laws across the region but it will likely be very slow going to get all the parties on board.
Bad economy aside, European government agencies and private businesses will be strongly encouraged to beef up their cloud infrastructure in a forthcoming report by the EC-sanctioned European Cloud Partnership. A leaked report said companies/agencies should invest €45 billion in cloud computing by 2020.
The global broadband revolution is in full swing and across the planet we are seeing people logging on the internet with faster and faster connections. It is new economies that are among the fastest. What is most astonishing – laggards like India & UK going zoom zoom.
The European Commission proposed a law on Wednesday 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.
With $10 billion up for grabs, the EU is looking to stimulate both technological advancement and economic growth. Good news for European tech firms, for green technology companies — and for an embattled continent.
Google has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft and Nokia and is also tattling on the companies with U.S. regulators, accusing them patent-troll-like behavior. The good thing about filing a complaint with the EC is Google doesn’t have to do the legwork.
Controversial European privacy rules that require websites to inform users about tracking cookies are finally hitting Britain this weekend. But the country’s startups seem to be taking no notice of the law, despite the fact they face up huge fines for non-compliance.
With near-unanimous approval, the European Parliament has voted to make it much cheaper for people in the EU to use the mobile internet on their smartphones and tablets while travelling between the union’s 27 states.
A new EU child safety strategy calls for parental controls to be built into all internet-capable devices, for apps to get their own age ratings — and for a proposed electronic ID system to be used for proving your age online.
As regulators on both sides of the Atlantic investigate publishers and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) for allegedly colluding to fix the price of e-book…
Another European country is pushing a nationalistic agenda when it comes to cloud computing, one that could have huge repercussions for U.S.-based cloud powers and the nature of cloud computing in general. France Telecom is pushing a French cloud to feature built-in-France technology.
A move made recently by Samsung to counter Apple’s ongoing legal assault on its allegedly patent-infringing products could come back to bite the Korean electronics manufacturer. The European Commission is looking into whether or not Samsung’s claims might constitute an an abuse of FRAND patents.
As the EU looks at delivering faster broadband across its member states, a report by the chief executives of Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom and Vivendi are asking that the EU allow ISPs to charge content providers for pushing bits across their pipes.
The possibility of Europe-wide restrictions on the tracking cookies used by online advertisers had some up in arms. But the threat has been dispelled — at least in Britain, where the government suggests that browsers rather than websites should offer users better ways to stay private.
IBM thinks that tunnel field-effect transistors could cut transistor power use by tenfold and virtually eliminate vampire power, and it’s working with European researchers to bring the idea from lab to market in six to 10 years.
Lawsuits against companies such as Google and Facebook for breaching privacy rules would become even more likely under new rules being considered by the European Commission, along with criminal sanctions and fines. European regulators have been far more active on privacy concerns than U.S. authorities.
An ongoing digital strategy by the European Union (EU) could force Apple into allowing Adobe’s Flash to run on the iPhone. The incomplete plans outlined by the EU, known as the Digital Agenda, aim to redefine how antitrust rules are practiced.
The European Union’s new Digital Agenda, which is designed to improve access to technology, could force companies such as Apple to open up their businesses by requiring them to offer interoperability and open standards, even if they are not the dominant player in a market.
A European Union court decision says that Google can continue to sell trademarked terms as advertising keywords, but the EU’s highest court left the door open for future lawsuits against the search company — if it’s found to have encouraged trademark infringement through its AdWords service.
A senior Google executive has said that if the European Union continues to push the search engine to modify the length of time it keeps Street View images of European cities, it may decide not to produce any further photos for the service in Europe.
European regulators have told Google that it needs to take a number of steps to make its Street View service comply with privacy regulations, including warning people more obviously when they are going to be filmed and shortening the amount of time the images are kept.
Despite a flurry of reports about an EU antitrust investigation into Google, the European Union denies that any such investigation has begun. However, complaints of anti-competitive behavior are only likely to increase, as Google’s market dominance in search-related advertising and search marketing increases.
Most cloud providers house services in only a few geographically distributed data centers, and national or continental data storage regulations can limit how -– and if -– organizations move their operations to the cloud. Can legislation can be passed that takes into account such realities?
The passage of the EU’s Telecoms Reform package yesterday and a new survey from UK ISP Talk Talk cast new doubts about…
While most of us were too engrossed in the somewhat ephemeral news of Google’s new attempts at becoming social, something much more…
The European Union isn’t taking reports of potentially dangerous iPhone malfunctions lightly. EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection Meglena Kuneva issued a warning…
Paid tweeting is nothing new. We’ve all seen spam users and posts in our Twitter feed and our following list, but usually…
Possible good news for Skype, which has seen its iPhone application launched earlier this month, blocked by Germany
EU Strikes Deal for Weakened “20-20-20” Climate Package: EU leaders made concessions to polluting companies and countries to win a consensus on…
EU leaders have agreed on a bill that would require the region to use renewable resources for 20 percent of its energy…
Yesterday, EU telco commissioner Vivianne Reding and GSM Association CEO Rob Conway were on the same page when they teamed for a joint press…
Despite talk of an expanded probe, the EU isn’t likely to block Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, according to…
The European Union expects to bring its regulatory power to bear on online behavioral targeting practices next year, as protests over privac…
Last week, the EU announced its intent to launch an expanded probe into Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) acquisition of DoubleClick, prompting real con…
The EU has decided to open an in-depth probe into Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, reports Reuters, c…