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Leave it to the lawyers to find loopholes wherever they may exist. For Amazon and its legal advisers, that meant processing all European sales in Luxembourg, a comparatively low tax region that's been saving the online vendor a significant amount of money. It also drew the ire of European regulators, and in the midst of a series of probes into tax deals that companies like Amazon have struck with individual countries, the world's largest online shop has changed the way it pays taxes.Instead of processing all sales in Luxembourg, Amazon on May 1 began booking revenue from retail sales in individual... Read more...
There’s some great news this week for Apple consumers living in Europe. Apple has introduced a new return policy for iTunes, App Store, and iBooks purchases that will allow consumers living in Europe, including Germany, France, Italy, and the UK to return digital purchases. Apple’s original terms and conditions stated that a user had the right to withdraw from a transaction “without charge and without giving any reason until delivery of the product has started.” However, once the product delivery had started, the purchase was final aside from some exceptions. The new terms and conditions... Read more...
Whenever an organization becomes too large, too complex, and too intertwined in too many facets of business, governments begin to take notice. You need look no further than the breakup of the Bell System last century to see what's possible when a single entity begins to control too much of a given field. Now, regulators in the European Union are beginning to cast a similar glance in the direction of Google, with a motion being backed this week that would break up the company and in turn reduce its strength.Google hasn't exactly been in the best of graces with the EU, coming under fire for privacy... Read more...
The U.S. may be embroiled in a bitter fight over net neutrality, but Europe has few such issues. European Parliament voted to protect net neutrality rules by an overwhelming margin of 534 votes to 25 (with 58 abstentions). Forbes quoted rapporteur Pilar del Castillo Vera as saying, “We have achieved further guarantees to maintain the openness of the internet by ensuring that users can run and provide applications and services of their choice as well as reinforcing the internet as a key driver of competitiveness, economic growth, jobs, social development and innovation.” European Parliament... Read more...
T-Mobile is targeting business travelers with a new plan that promises unlimited international data roaming for a set fee. The new T-Mobile Open Europe plan provides unlimited data (though only the first 500MB will be at full-speed) within 28 European countries for a set rate of $50 per line per month. Users of the plan will not incur international roaming tolls. The T-Mobile Open Europe plan will be available next month. T-Mobile also offers Wi-Fi Calling solutions, a pay-per-use plan called T-Mobile Global for Business, and T-Mobile Global Corporate Access for international travelers. T-Mobile... Read more...
If there's one company beyond Nokia that seems dead-set on supporting Windows Phone as a platform, it's Samsung. Just after launching the Focus 2 for AT&T, now Samsung is introducing the Omnia M, a sleek looking slate-style phone that'll ship first in Europe before bringing more of Microsoft's mobile OS to more places. As for specifications, there's a 1GHz processor, 4" Super AMOLED display, Samsung’s ChatON communication service, Samsung AllShare, Music Hub, and access to SkyDrive. There's an HSDPA 7.2Mbps cellular radio, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n module, a 1500mAh battery and microUSB. It'll... Read more...
For a company that makes its bones off of making its own products seem outdated every six months or so, Apple seems committed to recycling used electronics. Apple expanded its recycling program in the UK, France, and Germany; now, the company has (or at least participates in) such programs all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Australia, the Asia Pacific, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The various programs differ somewhat; for example, you can get some money back for your electronics in the form of a gift card in North America, but in Europe, you can get... Read more...
When Apple won its initial injunction request against Samsung ten days ago, it was noted that the company had a separate legal proceeding underway in the Netherlands that was aimed at a similar goal. New information suggests that Apple's requests in this case are much broader and aimed at disassembling Samsung's ability to sell products in Europe at virtually every level. Apple's filing requests injunctive relief across Samsung's entire line of Galaxy products including the Galaxy Ace, S, and S II, the Galaxy Tab 7 and 10.1, and the Galaxy Gio, Nexus, 551, Europa, Apollo, and Mini. The Cupertino-based... Read more...
For Americans, traveling to Europe can be expensive. The plane ticket usually isn't the killer, but rather the international data roaming: at around $5 per MB, just checking email a few times could leave a traveler with quite a shocking bill. While travelers can purchase European SIM cards, the endeavor can be a hassle. That's where Xcom Global is coming in. The company has made a name for itself by renting MiFi and USB WWAN devices to travelers who go to select overseas countries, and now it is expanding to the bulk of Europe with a single device. This new Euro SIM is a serious all-in-one punch,... Read more...
Is Netflix about to make their next major international leap? Recently, the streaming service expanded from their U.S. roots and hit up Canada and Latin America. But as James Bond would say, the world isn't enough. And North American isn't enough for Netflix, according to a new report over at Variety. Reportedly, Netflix is gearing up to launch services in Europe, with Spain and the UK to be first on the list. From there, it should be relatively easy to spread to other EU nations, and from there... well, who knows what could happen. Netflix is bound to hit some steep competition in the UK, where... Read more...
Spotify is coming to the place that seems to want it most: America. After taking Europe by storm, the music streaming application has finally slid the necessary pieces into place to launch in the United States. Reportedly, disagreements with labels kept it from becoming available in the U.S., but it looks like those kinks are ironed out at this point. According to a new page at the site, "Spotify is coming to the U.S." Doesn't get much clearer than that. The news will certainly delight those who are currently mulling which music streaming service to pick, with iCloud, Google Music and Rhapsody... Read more...
Hello, Europe! That's what Chrome OS will soon be yelling, as they cross the pond from America to the shores of the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will make its debut across the pond on June 24th for €399 for the Wi-Fi model (£349 in the UK) and €449 for the 3G-enabled model (£399 in the UK). They will also be available in other countries over the next few months. Outside of being available elsewhere (and probably sporting a different AC adapter and a few different keys), the machine is identical to the US counterpart. Still,... Read more...
In America, there's HughesNet. It's usually a last-resort for people seeking high-speed internet, mostly for two reasons. For one, it's crazy expensive. Two, it's really slow, at least on the uplink. But satellite-based internet is still useful in rural places where no other broadband is available, and evidently those same demands are also present in Europe. Eutelsat has just launched satellite internet across Europe, and it's being called the most powerful satellite in the entire world. It just went into service this week, giving broadband speeds to over a million homes in Europe that are currently... Read more...
Thousands of homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean will soon have access to satellite-based broadband thanks to the successful launch of Eutelsat's Ka-Sat from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Yahoo News reports. This is the third broadband satellite launched in six weeks and is based on the same technology used in the SkyTerra-1, which was launched last month to provide service service across North America. Ka-Sat launch video A remarkable piece of equipment, the Ka-Sat comes equipped with 80 spot beams, or focused signals designed to cover an area around a few hundred... Read more...
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