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EU agrees to curb unfair practices by tech giants, booking …

EU agrees to curb unfair practices by tech giants, booking …

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Children play around a sign of Alphabet Inc's Google outside its office in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. Picture taken August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer REUTERS/StringerBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU countries, the European Commission and EU lawmakers clinched a deal late Wednesday to curb the powers of companies such as Google and Apple Inc with new rules. Unveiled by the Commission in April last year, the platform-to-business (P2B) law seeks to prevent unfair business practices by app stores, search engines, e-commerce sites and hotel booking websites in a bid to ensure a level playing field between the tech companies and traditional businesses. The rules target Amazon Marketplace, eBay, Apple’s App Store, Google Play, Facebook Marketplace, Booking.com and Leboncoin.fr, among others. Rep
In EU copyright battle, Google challenges the will of regul…

In EU copyright battle, Google challenges the will of regul…

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Google has been lobbying hard to make sure the European Union doesn’t bring in changes to copyright laws that could lead the company to have to pay publishers and other rights holders for content that Google hosts on its platforms, like YouTube, or that Google services link to, like Google News. Google has repeated it opposes the changes on the basis that it could impede the free movement of information around the internet — and put a crimp on Google’s business model. The tech giant’s stance is setting up as a major test for European regulators eager to rein in Google and Facebook, as Google tries to pressure the EU into making concessions by presenting doomsday scenarios for both consumers and small publishers, even going so far as threatening to pull Google News from the EU. “
EU Prods Facebook, Google, Twitter In Fight Against Fake Ne…

EU Prods Facebook, Google, Twitter In Fight Against Fake Ne…

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Europe continues to push U.S. tech companies on policing their platforms.Getty The European Commission has received initial reports by Google, Facebook and Twitter on their efforts to fight fake news and offered the trio a pat on the back and an exhortation to work harder — or else. The three Internet giants along with browser company Mozilla and trade associations representing the advertising industry signed a Code of Practice on Disinformation last fall agreeing to take measures against fake news as a crucial European election cycle gets underway. “There has been some progress, notably in removing fake accounts and limiting the visibility of sites that promote disinformation. However, additional action is needed to ensure full transparency of political ads b
Google Threatens Pulling News From EU Over Copyright Legisl…

Google Threatens Pulling News From EU Over Copyright Legisl…

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Photo: GettyThe European Union has spent the last year working on a controversial overhaul of its copyright laws and was scheduled to finalize the proposal on Monday. Lawmakers failed to come to an agreement and the legislation is stalled for the time being, but that hasn’t stopped Google from threatening to pull its News service from the EU entirely if the copyright directive eventually passes.The EU hasn’t updated its copyright laws since 2001 and most people agree that reforms for the age of information are in order. Members of European Parliament (MEP), copyright holders, and big tech platforms are generally in agreement that the bulk of the new EU Copyright Directive is good for everyone. But two sections of the still-in-the-works draft of the legislation have sparked public outcr
New EU Law Could See Google Abandoning Thumbnails, Looking …

New EU Law Could See Google Abandoning Thumbnails, Looking …

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Google stands to look drastically different if a new copyright law that has just been passed comes into full effect. Throughout Europe, companies like Google could be faced with the prospect of paying a licensing fee to use images for thumbnails, something that has always previously been legal. It was less than six months ago, in September 2018, that the European Parliament voted for the EU Copyright Directive, something that has been divisive among critics. To illustrate the potential consequences, Google has mocked up how its pages may look, should the bill come into power. Final decisions haven’t been made, but as it stands Article 11 “would force Google and other news aggregators to pay non-waivable licensing fees when photo thumbnails and article excerpts are displayed.” In cont
The future of the internet looks brighter thanks to an EU c…

The future of the internet looks brighter thanks to an EU c…

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Imagine an internet where you couldn’t access any content unless it complied with every law of all the countries in the world. In this scenario, you would be prevented from expressing views that were critical of many of the world’s dictatorships. You would not be able to question aspects of some religions due to blasphemy laws. And some of the photos you post of your children would be illegal. A development like this is not as far fetched as it currently may seem. Every country wants its laws respected online. The scenario above may be an unavoidable outcome if countries are successful in seeking to impose their laws globally. Even though they can’t prosecute the person who posted the content, they can try to force the internet platforms that host the content to remove or blo
Advisory: Site Takedowns That Happen in EU Stay in EU

Advisory: Site Takedowns That Happen in EU Stay in EU

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Google has won a preliminary victory in a decision that could help other U.S. search engines and edge providers navigate the European Union's privacy shield framework without having to block U.S. and other countries' access to info.Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union Maciej Szpunar, in an advisory (non-binding) opinion to the court, says a French Commission ruling that Google should have to block access ("de-referencing" in EU parlance) to offending sites on all its domain names, not just those from EU countries, is overly broad.The advocate general's job is to propose solutions to cases before the court.Google had balked at the French ruling, only removing the links from searches performed in the EU countries, and proposed geo-blocking to make sure that the s...
EU can set Google straight by passing copyright protection …

EU can set Google straight by passing copyright protection …

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By David Chavern The European Union is currently considering a copyright law that would give news publishers the ability to protect their content online. This is part of a broader fight publishers are having around the world to establish the core legal rights needed to be compensated for their work.The online audience for reporting is huge and, in fact, people are consuming more hard news than ever. But outdated laws make it very hard for publishers to protect their work and the investments they make in great journalism. Information may “want to be free,” but reporters want to be paid.Article 11 of the EU Copyright Directive, currently under consideration and set to be voted on soon, would provide news publishers the right to charge for commercial use of their content online —
Google’s EU shopping comparison rivals say their situation …

Google’s EU shopping comparison rivals say their situation …

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Roughly a month ago European Commission (EC) competition chief Margrethe Vestager said that Google’s efforts in shopping search were making progress and that the company would likely be able to avoid additional antitrust penalties. However in a new open letter to Vestager, EU shopping comparison rivals argue that things are actually getting worse for them. The backstory. In June, 2017 the EC fined Google roughly $2.7 billion for alleged abuse of market position in vertical (shopping) search. Following that decision, which Google is in the process of appealing, Google implemented a number of changes to provide “equal treatment” for rival Comparison Shopping Engines (CSEs) in Europe. The major change Google made was to treat Google Shopping as a separate busi
EU Assistant alternative] Google releases trio of new syste…

EU Assistant alternative] Google releases trio of new syste…

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Earlier this month, Google pushed up a Play Store listing for its new Search Suggestions app for Pixel phones, which powers — as you'd likely guess from the name — both the search functionality inside the Settings app and the suggestions which appear at the top. Now three more Pixel-specific apps have hit the Play Store: Pixel Tips, Connectivity Health Services, and Voice Action Services. Pixel Tips powers an animated guide that introduces you to your Pixel 3, Voice Action Services is connected in some imprecisely defined way to voice-based Assistant actions, and Connectivity Health Services does... something, probably. The first two apps (Pixel Tips and Connectivity Health Sevices) are exclusively compatible with the Pixel 3 so the app listings likely won't appear if you don't have