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The days of Google letting device makers install its apps for free in Europe are almost over

It looks like Google is going to potentially start making bank by licensing out its app suite to Android handset makers in Europe. That’s according to documents obtained by The Verge, which show how in response to a major anti-trust ruling against Google from the European Union this summer, the company is starting to rework […]

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Google apps may cost EU phone makers as much as $40 per phone

Two days ago, Google unveiled new licensing terms for Android phones and tablets in the European Union, following the EU’s record $5 billion fine. Device manufacturers can now sell phones with heavily-modified builds of Android while also producing normal Android devices with the Play Store, and some apps (like Chrome and Google Search) are now […]

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‘It’s Just Chaos’ – Pro-Brexit and Pro-EU Tories All Turning on Theresa May over Negotiations

MPs from both the Brexiteer and EU loyalist wings of the Tory Party are turning on Theresa May over her “chaotic” mismanagement of negotiations with the bloc. The Prime Minister campaigned against Brexit during the 2016 referendum and has made concession after concession to Brussels, but the bloc has still stonewalled her on the border […]

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GDPR: Good for privacy, even better for Google’s dominance

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation is a gnarly hairball of regulation; on the one hand, it makes it virtually impossible to collect mountains of data and buy/sell/trade/mine it to a corporation’s heart’s content; on the other hand, it imposes a ton of expensive compliance steps on its targets like high-cost record-keeping, and […]

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Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union

Google Search has been a key component of Android since the OS was first released, and Chrome has become increasingly important in recent years. All three products are now intertwined, but the European Union wants them to be separate. Google recently was hit with a $5 billion fine from the EU, and to avoid more […]

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Google challenges record $5 billion EU fine in Android antitrust case

Back in July, the European Commission handed out its largest fine ever — 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) to Google over antitrust charges. The Commission asserted that Google abused Android’s market dominance, using it to hinder competition. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai immediately responded that Android has “created more choice for everyone, not less,” and promised […]

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What developers need to do to save the internet from the EU’s looming copyright disaster

[embedded content] On Wednesday, the EU will vote on whether to force all online platforms to filter user-generated content against massive databases of copyrighted works (anyone can add anything to these databases, without penalties for abuse); not only is this a catastrophe for everyone who writes software that will have to comply with this […]

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The amendments for the EU’s catastrophic copyright proposals don’t fix a goddamned thing

Next Wednesday, the EU will vote on a potentially internet-destroying regulation that will ban linking to the news unless you’re using a service that has paid for a “linking license” from the news site you’re linking to; and that will force all user-submitted content (text, audio, video, code, stills) through copyright filters that will […]

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6 days until the EU votes on an extinction-level event for the internet: here’s what they’ll debate

In six days, the EU will debate and vote on a pair of copyright regulations that constitute an extinction-level event for the internet: “censorship machines” (Article 13, forcing all user-generated text, video, photos, code, etc through copyright filters that anyone can add anything to; anything judged to be a copyrighted work is automatically censored) […]

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Bush Globalist: Harley-Davidson’s ‘Responsibility’ Is Profit Margins, Not American Workers

A former economic adviser to President George W. Bush, who oversaw the collapse of the United States economy, says the iconic motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson — which is outsourcing American jobs overseas — has a “responsibility” to maximize their profit margins, rather than to be economic patriots. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Edward Lazear, […]

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EU Bank Concerns Grow over Turkish Lira Freefall After President Trump Doubles Tariffs on Turkey

The Single Supervisory Mechanism, the European Central Bank’s financial watchdog, has become concerned about the knock-on effects the fall of the Turkish lira will have on some of Turkey’s European lenders after it experienced one of the biggest one-day falls of any free-floating currency in 20 years. The panic has prompted investors to dump eurozone […]

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WATCH: Boatloads of Illegal Migrants Storm Spanish Tourist Beaches and Scatter

Pressure on Spain’s maritime border is increasing, with videos showing boatloads of illegal migrants crashing into busy tourist beaches circulating online as the country overtakes Italy and Greece as the EU’s major weak point. Footage shared by Diario de Cádiz on Twitter shows an entire boatload of migrants landing in the middle of the packed tourist […]

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The Teenager Fighting Against Child Marriage in Bangladesh

Meghla. Photo courtesy of EDD Brussels This article originally appeared on VICE Germany. Meghla has two birth certificates, one of which almost ruined her life. Her real birth certificate says she just turned 18—but a corrupt Bangladeshi official issued her a fake birth certificate, which says she’s 22 so that Meghla’s family could marry her […]

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Google slammed with a record $5 billion fine from the EU Commission

The European Union has been investigating Google for years over claims that the company has developed a monopoly in the online sector. That lawsuit has come to an end today, and it’s bringing an enormous $5 billion dollar fine with it. The EU Commission states that Google locked other search engines out of the market […]

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Google slapped with $5 billion fine by EU for Android antitrust breach

EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google was “denying rivals a chance to innovate.”Image: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images By Stan Schroeder2018-07-18 12:03:16 UTC European antitrust regulators have fined Google with a 4.34 billion euro ($5.04 billion) fine for abusing its position in the smartphone market to increase the dominance of its search engine, the European Commission […]

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Google hit with record $5 billion Android antitrust fine by EU

The amount Google must pay the European Commission for its latest antitrust fine has now been revealed as a record 4.34 billion euros ($5.06 billion). That figure dwarfs the $2.7 billion fine Google previously received for giving preferential treatment to its own shopping comparison tools in searches. Fine of €4,34 bn to @Google for 3 types of illegal restrictions on the […]

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