Will Record Fine Cramp Google's Style in Europe?

The European Commission has walloped Google unit with a record $2.7 billion for giving its own shopping comparison site preference above smaller competitors, and thus abusing its dominant position as a search engine. Google must end the conduct within 90 days or face penalties of 5 percent of its average daily global revenue, the EC said. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of regulating competition, said that Google’s actions were not limited to reasonable efforts to put out a better comparison shopping product than its rivals.

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Facebook fined $122M over WhatsApp privacy dispute

The European Commission fined Facebook $122 million over providing “incorrect or misleading” information relating to its WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 after the social networking giant automatically matched user accounts between the two platforms.

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Moon temple: Art project probes spiritual, cultural needs of lunar colony

European Space Agency (ESA) artist-in-residence Jorge Mañes Rubio has drawn up plans for a “moon temple” that would help meet the spiritual, social and psychological needs of lunar settlers .

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EC to Take a Hard Look at E-Commerce Practices

The European Commission on Thursday announced three separate investigations into online pricing and other sales practices that may have breached EU antitrust rules. The EC investigations will assess whether consumers were able to enjoy cross-border choice when it came to buying video games and consumer electronics, and making hotel accommodations online. The newly opened investigations will focus on specific issues, including retail price restrictions, discrimination on the basis of location, and geo-blocking.

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Apple, Ireland Balk at EU's Bill for Back Taxes

Apple and the government of Ireland are fighting what some view as a European Union tax grab. The two recently filed a formal appeal of the EC’s decision ordering Apple to pay nearly $14 billion in back taxes, based on its finding that Ireland had given Apple several illegal tax breaks. The commission this summer found that Ireland had allowed Apple to determine its tax based on the activities of its subsidiary firms, Apple Sales International and Apple Sales Europe, which are incorporated in Ireland.

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EU slams US tech giants on hate speech

The European Commission has slammed tech titans Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, saying that they are not moving quickly enough to deal with online hate speech.

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Google Insists Android Plays on Level Field in Europe

Google on Thursday fired back at the European Commission’s charges that it violated antitrust law by imposing coercive rules on mobile operators and developers who use or write applications for its Android operating system. The EC this spring charged that Google’s requirements to use its search engine and its Chrome browser on mobile devices running Android were coercive tactics. The EC also charged that Google prevented manufacturers from offering smart devices using rival operating systems based on the Android open source code.

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Europe Duns Apple for $14.5B in Illegal Tax Breaks

The European Union on Tuesday nailed Apple with a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes.
“The European Commission has today has adopted a decision that Apple’s tax benefits in Ireland are illegal,” said EC Competition Chief Margrethe Vestager at a press conference in Brussels. Tax breaks Ireland granted to Apple for more than two decades artificially reduced Apple’s tax burden, in breach of European Union rules, she explained. “Apple now has to repay the benefits worth up to 13 billion euros, plus interest.”

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EU Ratchets Up Charges in Google Antitrust Probe

Google and its parent company Alphabet are facing new charges in the European Commission’s ongoing investigation of allegations that Google’s comparison shopping and online advertising platforms violated antitrust laws. The EC on Thursday alleged that Google had abused its dominant position by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping service in search results. Further, it artificially restricted the ability of third-party websites to display search ads from Google’s competitors.

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'Brexit' surpassed 'porn' in Google searches following EU referendum

Britain’s historic ‘Brexit’ vote to leave the European Union was so widely searched on Google that it surpassed the search term ‘porn’ last week.

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European Commission files antitrust charges against Google over Android

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The European Commission has finally filed antitrust charges against Android, but Google was ready for this with a rebuttal. Now for years and years of legal wrangling.

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Sheer amount of data involved delaying EU ruling on Apple's Irish tax deals, Commissioner says

Article Image There’s no way of telling when the European Commission will conclude its investigation into Apple’s Irish tax deals, simply because the huge amount of data involved, the Commission’s competition head said on Monday.

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EU says Irish government hasn't handed over full data in Apple tax case

Article Image Ireland has yet to supply all the data asked for by the European Commission in its investigation of the country’s tax deals with Apple, a spokesman for the organization said on Wednesday.

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Apple, Google & others to face European Parliament hearing on tax deals

Article Image Apple, Google, IKEA, and McDonald’s will together face a European Parliament hearing on Wednesday, called amid European Commission investigations into whether such multinationals were given preferential tax deals by some nations.

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EU antitrust chief: 'don't hold your breath' for results of Apple-Ireland tax audit

Article Image The European Commission is unlikely to rule on the legality of Apple’s tax arrangement with the Irish government any time in the near future, the EU’s lead antitrust watchdog said on Monday.

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EU Fleshes Out Privacy Shield Agreement

The European Commission on Monday released a draft of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, which would replace the controversial Safe Harbor provisions that regulated U.S. access to the data of European residents. The legal texts aim to finalize the reform of EU data protection rules, which apply to all companies doing business in the region, EC officials said. An umbrella agreement between the U.S. and the EU would establish high data protection standards on data transfers across the Atlantic.

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EU competition chief denies anti-US bias in investigating tax deals like Apple's

Article Image The European Commission is not unfairly targeting American corporations like Apple when it comes to cracking down on tax deals constituting illegal state aid, according to the E.U.’s competition head, Margrethe Vestager.

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U.S., EU reach breakthrough on new 'Safe Harbor' data transfer agreement – report [u]

Article Image Having already missed the original Sunday deadline, U.S. and European officials are reportedly on the verge of cinching a new “Safe Harbor” deal on transferring data across the Atlantic. [Updated]

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