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

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

    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 to drop their agency pricing agreement for e-books sold in Europe —… Read More

  • Europe Lays Out Proposals For Wireless Spectrum Sharing Amongst Fiercely Competitive Carriers

    Europe Lays Out Proposals For Wireless Spectrum Sharing Amongst Fiercely Competitive Carriers

    Carriers are fiercely competitive, but swallowing their territorial tendencies, several around Europe have started teaming up to share mobile spectrum and other resources in the ongoing race to serve hungry mobile consumers with data for their apps, video chats and film streams — expected soon to top 1 trillion megabytes of data per month. Today the EU took a step towards formalizing… Read More

  • Microsoft Forgets To Offer Browser Choice Screen To 28M Users, EU Opens Investigation

    Microsoft Forgets To Offer Browser Choice Screen To 28M Users, EU Opens Investigation

    As part of an agreement with the European Commission in 2009, Microsoft was supposed to present Windows users with a choice of browsers. It turns out, however, that Microsoft quietly stopped showing this screen with the release of Windows 7 SP1 in February 2011. According to European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, this means 28 million users in the EU did not get to see this screen… Read More

  • Italy Fines Apple $1.2 Million Over AppleCare Sales

    Italy Fines Apple $1.2 Million Over AppleCare Sales

    Today, Italy’s antitrust body has fined Apple, Inc. $1.2 million (900,000 euros) for pushing customers to buy its AppleCare Protection Plan without adequately disclosing the support that already comes with their device. In Italy, companies are actually required by law to provide two years of free support to customers, which, according to the Italian Antitrust Authority, was not… Read More

  • EC Opens Antitrust Proceedings To Investigate Apple, E-book Publishers ‘Cartel’

    EC Opens Antitrust Proceedings To Investigate Apple, E-book Publishers ‘Cartel’

    The European Commission this morning announced that it has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether a number of international ebook publishers have engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in Europe, “possibly with the help of Apple” (which offers an e-book storefront called iBooks). According to the press release, the opening of… Read More

  • 3.4 million .eu domain names registered in five years – I call dismal failure

    3.4 million .eu domain names registered in five years – I call dismal failure

    .eu, the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the European Union, originally launched 7 December 2005, but full public registration started on 7 April 2006. One day early, EURid, the non-profit that operates the .eu TLD, issued a press release celebrating its fifth birthday. According to EURid, registration of .eu domain names have doubled in five years, which puts it ninth on the list… Read More

  • 3.4 Million .eu Domain Names Registered In Five Years – I Call Dismal Failure

    .eu, the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the European Union, originally launched 7 December 2005, but full public registration started on 7 April 2006. One day early, EURid, the non-profit that operates the .eu TLD, issued a press release celebrating its fifth birthday. According to EURid, registration of .eu domain names have doubled in five years, which puts it ninth on the list… Read More

  • European Ministers Push to Increase Target for EU Carbon Emissions

    European Ministers Push to Increase Target for EU Carbon Emissions

    Ministers from France, Germany and the UK are calling for the EU to cut its carbon emissions by 30% on 1990 levels by 2020, arguing that failure to reach the goal will have long-term economic consequences. The current target is a 20% reduction from 1990 levels. The officials say increasing the target will help create jobs in clean energy sectors and help keep the EU competitive with China… Read More

  • European Commission launches consultation on net neutrality

    European Commission launches consultation on net neutrality

    And so it begins. The European Commission this morning launched a consultation on key questions regarding the contentious issues of net neutrality and the open Internet. The consultation covers such issues as whether ISPs should be allowed to adopt traffic management practices, prioritizing one kind of Internet traffic over another. This has become an issue with the onset of broadband and… Read More

  • Sony’s new clock radio shines (on the wall)

    Sony’s new clock radio shines (on the wall)

    Sony announced a new clock radio today, the enticing named ICF-C717PJ, the latest in a long line of consumer electronics. The ICF-C717PJ has a few tricks up it’s proverbial sleeve however, including a thermometer and the ability to project the time on the wall or ceiling. Read More