European Commissioner rails against ‘digital handcuffs’


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The vice-president of the European Commission has demanded a more open internet and called for an end to restrictive copyright laws, saying she wants to “get rid of digital handcuffs”.

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April 23, 2012

Google Wallet boosted by EC probe into rival phone payment project


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European Commission probes rival mobile phone payments project.

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April 13, 2012

Apple Files EU Patent Complaint Against Motorola Mobility


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Apple has asked the European Commission to intervene in its patent battle with Motorola Mobility, according to a filing with the SEC.



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February 18, 2012

EU fines LCD price fixing cartel $857M, Samsung given immunity


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Wednesday, the European Commission announced the fines it will hand out to the LCD price-fixing cartel that it has been investigating since 2006. The EC first began its investigation of leading LCD panel manufacturers, which it found had been conspiring to artificially inflate the cost of LCD screens for televisions and personal computers between October 2001 and February 2006.

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December 9, 2010

EU looking to strengthen privacy rules amid new concerns


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By Ed Oswald, Betanews

The European Union will begin work shortly to revise and strengthen its more than 15-year-old privacy laws already on the books, reacting to the increasing popularity of social networking. Privacy advocates worldwide have targeted the industry as of late, arguing many are lax with their user’s personal details.

“We need to bring our laws up to date with the challenges raised by new technologies and globalization,” Commissioner Viviane Reding said in statement. “The protection of personal data is a fundamental right.” The European Commission plans to introduce legislation to the Parliament sometime next year, she added.

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November 5, 2010

Early word on EU ‘choice screen:’ May not be random, may not be obvious

Early word on EU 'choice screen:' May not be random, may not be obvious

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

As IE6 and IE7 users throughout Europe turn on their Windows Vista- and XP-based computers to notice, for the first time, the opportunity to switch Web browsers from Microsoft Internet Explorer to something they may have never heard of, their manufacturers are preparing for an influx of new customers.

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March 1, 2010

Microsoft’s antitrust retort: Just what is it accusing Google of doing?

Microsoft's antitrust retort: Just what is it accusing Google of doing?

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

There may not be a real investigation of Google’s business practices from the European Commission, at least not yet. But judging from the waves of hyperbole emanating from the usual suspects, along with a few new entrants, in the wake of the EC’s admission that it forwarded Google some negative mail earlier this month, there may as well have been one. It appears that if enough people on the Internet share a topic with one another, it must be true.

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February 28, 2010

IE6 isn’t on the ballot: Will March 1 Windows update kick IE6 out for good?

IE6 isn't on the ballot: Will March 1 Windows update kick IE6 out for good?

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

A screenshot of the first public beta of Microsoft's browser ballot for European Windows users.One of the more obvious, but little mentioned, facts about the upcoming Windows Web browser “choice screen,” to be rolled out to European users via Windows Update March 1, is the absence of one very important choice: sticking with the old version of Microsoft Internet Explorer they may currently be using.

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February 22, 2010

Statistics: Firefox 3.5 surpassed IE7 in global usage share last week

Statistics: Firefox 3.5 surpassed IE7 in global usage share last week

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

Firefox 3.5 top story badgeAt some time during the middle of last week — quite possibly, on the very day that Microsoft announced its settlement with the European Commission — Web analytics firm StatCounter registered more Web site hits coming from Web browsers announcing themselves as Mozilla Firefox 3.5 than from either Internet Explorer 7.0 or IE8.

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December 21, 2009

Oracle promise to chuck GPL for MySQL PSE pleases EU

Oracle promise to chuck GPL for MySQL PSE pleases EU

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

MySQL top story badgeThis morning, the European Commission has welcomed a set of commitments made by Oracle to maintain, and even enhance, the viability of the MySQL division of Sun Microsystems, after Oracle’s acquisition of Sun is complete. This even though neither Oracle nor Sun are European companies, though they both do business in Europe, and MySQL maintains one headquarters branch in its native Sweden.

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December 14, 2009