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EU parliament pushes for Zuckerberg hearing to be live-streamed

There’s confusion about whether a meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the European Union’s parliament — which is due to take place next Tuesday — will go ahea

Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes

European Union lawmakers want online platforms to come up with their own systems to identify bot accounts. This is as part of a voluntary Code of Practice the European Commission now wants platforms t

Europe eyes boosting data re-use and funds for AI research

The European Union’s executive body, the EC, has taken a first pass at drawing up a strategy to respond to the myriad socio-economic challenges around artificial intelligence technology &#8212

Facebook data scandal also affects 2.7M EU citizens

Another data-point to flesh out the Facebook data misuse scandal: The company has informed the European Commission that a total of 2.7 million EU citizens had their information improperly shared with

Australia latest to open probe into Facebook data scandal

Australia’s privacy watchdog has opened an investigation into Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. Yesterday Facebook revealed that more users than previously tho

Social media handed “one-hour rule” for terrorist takedowns in Europe

The European Commission is still considering whether to regulate social media platforms to ensure they promptly remove illegal content — be it terrorist propaganda, child sexual exploitation or

Apple’s Shazam takeover triggers competition review in Europe

The European Commission has announced a review of Apple's acquisition of music discovery service Shazam -- agreeing to a request made by several countries to weigh competition concerns. 

At last an end to geoblocking in Europe? Nope, not by a long chalk…

Hold your horses. Geoblocks for stuff like Netflix and Spotify are still not being vanquished in this round of EU Digital Single Market regulation chess... 

Qualcomm to appeal $1.23B fine from EU over LTE chip dominance in the iPhone

Qualcomm’s longstanding dominance in LTE chipsets for smartphones, and specifically with Apple’s iPhone, is getting a major hit today. The European Commission today announced that it would

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube praised for “steady progress” quashing illegal hate speech in Europe

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are likely to be breathing a little easier in Europe after getting a pat on the back from regional lawmakers for making "steady progress" on removing illegal hate speech.

Europe keeps up the pressure on social media over illegal content takedowns

The European Union's executive body is continuing to pressure social media firms to get better at removing illegal content from their platforms before it has a chance to spread further online. 

Crunch Report | Google’s Big Ol’ Hardware Day

All the goodies, like Pixel 2, Pixelbook, Clips, Home Mini and Pixel Buds from Google's Hardware Event, self-driving car company Voyage is testing cars at a retirement home and the EU says Ireland isn

Europe hits Ireland over $15B in unpaid Apple taxes; Luxembourg liable for $294M in Amazon taxes

The European Commission under Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager definitely means business. Today it issued not one but two notices related to ongoing investigations of tech giants Apple an

Tech giants pressured to auto-flag “illegal” content in Europe

Social media giants have again been put on notice that they need to do more to speed up removals of hate speech and other illegal content from their platforms in the European Union. The bloc’s e

Google tweaks search ads after EU shopping antitrust ruling

Google has rolled out changes to how it displays search results for products in Europe to try to comply with an EU antitrust ruling against its Google Shopping search comparison service.

Google files to appeal $2.73BN EU antitrust fine

Google has filed a legal appeal against a record-breaking fine handed down by the European Commission this summer for anti-competitive behavior relating to the operation of its product search comparis

Intel antitrust decision sent for review by Europe’s top court

A 2009 European Union antitrust decision that hit Intel with an at-the-time record fined for -- as the Commission saw it -- abusing its No.1 position in the market for computer chips has been dealt a

Google takes steps to comply with EC antitrust order for Google Shopping

Google has submitted details to the European Commission of how it intends to amend its price comparison service, Google Shopping, to comply with an antitrust decision earlier this summer. The proposal

Facebook, Twitter, Google warned over EU consumer rights

U.S. social media giants have been warned by Europe's consumer rights commissioner that she's  running out of patience with their failure to comply with the region's consumer protection standards. 

Google fined $2.7BN for EU antitrust violations over shopping searches

The European Commission has fined Google a record-breaking €2.42 billion for antitrust violations pertaining to its Google’s Shopping search comparison service -- in what is widely considered the
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