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The European Union (EU) has set its sights on ByteDance’s TikTok app concerning a range of potential violations, including an overly addictive design, privacy shortfalls, and other concerns. EU industry chief Thierry Breton remarked the EU is launching an investigation into the app over a suspected breach of... Read more...
Apple is insisting that its iMessage feature is not popular enough to be designated under EU legislation as a "gatekeeper." Microsoft is also arguing that its Bing search engine is not popular enough to be considered a gatekeeper under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Under the DMA, a gatekeeper is defined as a large... Read more...
Ubisoft has addressed a concern that arose on social media over the company deleting inactive Ubisoft accounts. Gamers were fearful that if their account remained inactive for a period of time, they would lose all their games forever. This past weekend, a tweet set off a stampede of confusion and dread over whether... Read more...
The European Council has adopted new regulations on batteries that will promote a circular economy by regulating batteries throughout their life cycle. Part of this new regulation will require portable batteries in "appliances" to be removable and replaceable by 2027. The European Parliament and the Council's new... Read more...
The European Parliament has passed a new law that will force smartphone companies to provide access to a phone's battery in order for consumers to be able to replace them. The law was passed with overwhelming support, as 587 voted in favor, and only 9 voted against the new measure. Old-timers might have been heard... Read more...
Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick sends a message to UK regulators ahead of its provisional findings on the $69 billion Microsoft acquisition. Kotick believes opposing the deal would cause the UK to become a "Death Valley" for tech. Microsoft's attempt to acquire Activision-Blizzard has been a road filled with... Read more...
Microsoft's bid to buy Activision-Blizzard Entertainment has faced a tough road and the tech giant believes it is about to get harder. The company is already facing opposition from the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As soon as Microsoft announced its intent to buy Activision-Blizzard... Read more...
The European Union (EU) has proposed a provisional agreement that would require portable devices have user-replaceable batteries, as well as other requirements. The agreement covers batteries of nearly every size, from portable batteries to Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries. The EU has been busy as of late, with... Read more...
The European Union is looking to send data centers into space in an effort to fight climate change. Thales Alenia Space is spearheading a study called ASCEND, which is part of the EU's "Horizon Europe" initiative. The need for digitalization means that data centers around the world are growing at a never before... Read more...
In an attempt to reduce electronic waste and make consumer's lives easier, the European Union has a new rule that requires companies to provide a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. The change will directly impact Apple, as it will have to start utilizing USB-C over its proprietary lightning port... Read more...
Last week, we told you about NVIDIA offering the EU antitrust commission concessions to try and hurry along its acquisition of Arm. If you missed that story, here's the quick and dirty to get you up to speed: NVIDIA wants to buy Arm, and regulators around the world are scrutinizing the deal, due to its possible... Read more...
Legislators worldwide have had a microscope on Amazon for some time now, and it seems a weakness has been found. The European Union recently slapped the world’s largest e-tailer with the biggest-ever privacy violation fine of a whopping 746-million euro ($888 million). On July 16th, CNPD, or the Luxembourg National... Read more...
Apple has long been accused of being anti-competitive, but these accusations may soon be further placed under a microscope. The European Union (EU) is expected to charge Apple over supposed antitrust practices sometime over the next week. The case will likely be based off of the allegations of companies such as... Read more...
Google is in essence in damage control model following a European Union fine imposed on the company totaling $5 billion. The European Commission has called on Google to cease its "illegal conduct" relating to its business operations with the Android operating system "in an effective manner within 90 days of the... Read more...
The European Union is set to hit Google with the largest fine in history over its Android operating system practices. The EU has been working on the case against Google for quite some time and judgment was looming earlier this week, but there was no word on just how large of a fine Google might face. The EU antitrust... Read more...
Last month the EU tried to overhaul its old copyright law and step into the modern age. The problem was that the law as crafted and supported by many musicians was very overreaching to most. The copyright rules would have placed the responsibility on websites for checking for copyright infringements and forced those... Read more...
About a month ago, Google was hit with a massive fine by the EU that totaled $2.7 billion. That fine was levied against Google for breaching EU antitrust law and was more than twice as much as the second largest penalty the EU ever handed out for such a violation. That previous record high fine was leveled against... Read more...
Google just opened up a new battleground with GIFs. The European Union is attempting to din the global corporation for supposed anti-competitive Android bundle policies. Google has responded not only in the written form, but with a handful of surprisingly convincing GIFs. Google has been accused of paying OEMs to... Read more...
Google does not plan on going down without a fight in its battle against the European Union (EU). Google has formally rebuffed the EU’s antitrust charges in a blog post entitled “Improving Quality Isn’t Anti-Competitive”. Google has been accused of exclusively promoting its own shopping services to edge out its... Read more...
Google is in the European Union’s dog house. The EU plans to fine the global corporation for supposed anti-competitive bundling policies. Google has been accused of paying smartphone producers to exclusively pre-install the Google search engine on smart devices. The EU wants to prevent the company from pressuring... Read more...
Qualcomm is a dominant player in the mobile market when it comes to SoCs and 3G/4G basebands. In the baseband sector alone, Qualcomm held a commanding 61 percent of the global market in Q1 2015. However, the European Commission is a bit suspicious of Qualcomm’s dominance and is accusing the American company of... Read more...
At this point, it can be assumed that most tech firms don't like dealing with the EU, and there are many different reasons for it. With Google, it could have to do with the fact that it keeps getting hit with anti-trust charges that it vehemently believes are nonsense. You might recall earlier this year when the... Read more...
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