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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 But outdated laws make it very hard for publishers to protect their work and the investments they make in great journalism.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
Google apps may cost EU phone makers as much as $40 per pho…

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

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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 separate licenses. According to a report from The Verge, device makers are still strongly incentivized to ship Search and Chrome, or they could pay as much as $40 per device for access to the Play Store. Allegedly, the licensing fees vary depending on country and device specifications. EU countries are divided into three tiers, with licenses in Sweden, Germany, the UK, Norway, and the Netherlands costing the most. If a phone with a pixel den...
EU Copyright Directive will censor the world’s internet / B…

EU Copyright Directive will censor the world’s internet / B…

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The EU's catastrophic new Copyright Directive is steamrollering towards completion, and that should worry every internet user, not just those in the EU. Article 13 of the Copyright Directive requires online services to crowdsource a database of "copyrighted works" (anyone can add anything to these databases, with no penalties for falsely claiming copyright over public domain works, or works that don't belong to you). If a user tries to post something that appears to match an item in the blacklist database, the service has to censor that user's post. The problem is that the online platforms don't have "European services" and "non-European services," they just have services, and users from the EU and outside of the EU freely mix th...
Brexit news: ‘What is Brexit?’ Google searches reveal EU ex…

Brexit news: ‘What is Brexit?’ Google searches reveal EU ex…

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Despite back to back coverage of Brexit across all major media publishers, many are still scratching their heads regarding what Brexit will mean and when - or even if - it will happen.Perhaps frustrated by the endless waffle of Westminster politicians, British people have been turning to Google to try and get answers for their most burning questions.The most Googled question on the topic in the UK during the last two weeks was: “When is Brexit?”Prime minister Theresa May has insisted the UK will leave the European Union on March 29.However, Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested on Thursday the UK may need to remain a member of the EU beyond that date.It is easy to see why the public could be confused, as senior figures themselves seem to struggle to keep the facts straight. The second mos
The EU and the Internet Go to War | John C. Dvorak

The EU and the Internet Go to War | John C. Dvorak

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There has been a lot of fuss and consternation over proposed EU legislation that could, if fully implemented, effectively disable the internet as we know it, according to critics. That's nonsense, but let's play along. This began in May with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which hampers marketing schemes where you, the user, are sliced and diced and categorized so the Googles and Facebooks of the world can serve up targeted ads. Knowing all these things about you, even if you are part of a larger group, is an invasion of privacy, Europeans say. GDPR came on the heels of the so-called and ludicrous "right to be forgotten" edict, which forced search engines in the region to pull certain data from search results upon request. In the meantime, the EU has...
Leading journalists join call for EU copyright reform – EUR…

Leading journalists join call for EU copyright reform – EUR…

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Leading journalists from more than 20 countries joined a call Tuesday (27 August) for European MPs to approve a controversial media reform aimed at forcing internet giants to pay for news content. European Parliament lawmakers return in September to discuss the proposal, a first draft of which was rejected last month after a fierce debate. The so-called copyright and neighbouring rights law aims to ensure that producers of creative content – whether news, music or movies – are paid fairly in a digital world. But the plans have been firmly opposed by big US tech firms such as Google and Facebook, as well as advocates of internet freedom. An open letter signed by more than 100 prominent journalists from major news outlets warned Tuesday that “this fleecing of the medi
Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for Android anti…

Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for Android anti…

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Google has been hit with a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine by EU regulators for breaking antitrust laws. The European Commission says Google has abused its Android market dominance in three key areas. Google has been bundling its search engine and Chrome apps into the operating system. Google has also blocked phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android, and it “made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” to exclusively bundle the Google search app on handsets. The European Commission now wants Google to bring its “illegal conduct to an end in an effective manner within 90 days of the decision.” That means Google will need to stop forcing manufacturers to preinstall Chrome and Google search in order to offer the
EU set to fine Google several billions for freezing out And…

EU set to fine Google several billions for freezing out And…

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The EU is set to fine U.S. internet giant Google several billion euros this week for freezing out rivals of its Android mobile phone system, sources said, in a ruling that risks fresh tensions with Washington. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is expected to say on Wednesday that Google abused its dominant position in the market by making tie-ups with phone makers like South Korea's Samsung and China's Huawei. The long-awaited decision comes as fears of a transatlantic trade war mount due to President Donald Trump's shock decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports. Two European sources told AFP the fine would be "several billion euros" without giving further details. EU rules say Google could be fined up to 10 percent of parent company Alphabet's an...