EU Pushes Internet Firms to Remove Extremist Content in 1 Hour

The European Commission will propose new laws on Wednesday giving Google, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet companies one hour to remove extremist content or face fines. The Commission told such companies in March that they had three months to show they were removing extremist content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so. The Commission wants content … Read more

EU Lawmakers Miffed Over New Facebook Snub

European Union lawmakers are unhappy that Facebookis refusing to comply with their request to send two senior officials to testify at a hearing into the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The EU parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee wants to question Facebook’s chief privacy officer and the vice presidents for advertisements and global public policy. The committee said Friday that global … Read more

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Apologises at EU Grilling Over His ‘Digital Monster’

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers questions at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium HIGHLIGHTS Zuckerberg’s appearance failed to satisfy MEPs They accused him of dodging questions His testimony in European Parliament was live-streamed Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday for the “harm” caused by a huge breach of users’ data and by a failure to … Read more

Apple, Others Warn EU Over Patent Fees Guidelines That Favour Qualcomm, Ericsson

Apple, Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler have warned EU regulators that adopting patent fee guidelines which favour Qualcomm and Ericsson could hurt consumers and hinder innovation. The companies’ lobbying group, the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA), voiced their concerns in a letter dated Oct. 16 to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska and their colleagues. The move comes … Read more

Apple Faces Down Qualcomm, Ericsson Over EU Patent Fees

The European Union is drawing up guidelines on how much patent holders should charge for their technologies, a thorny issue that pits Apple and other users against Qualcomm and Ericsson. Trillions of dollars in sales are at stake as regulators ponder whether a fridge maker should pay a different rate for crucial patents than a carmaker, or whether a flat, … Read more

EU Said to Consider Record Fine as Panel Checks Google Android Case

EU antitrust regulators are weighing another record fine against Google over its Android mobile operating system and have set up a panel of experts to give a second opinion on the case, two people familiar with the matter said. Assuming the panel agrees with the initial case team’s conclusions, it could pave the way for the European … Read more

EU to Tackle Unfair Trade Practice Complaints Against Apple, Google

The European Union executive is planning a law to deal with complaints about unfair practices by leading online players such as Apple and Google. The European Commission said on Wednesday in a mid-term review of its digital strategy it would prepare an initiative by the end of the year to address unfair contractual clauses and … Read more

Facebook, Google, Twitter Said to Be Under EU Consumer Protection Scanner

European consumer protection authorities will ask social media companies Facebook, Alphabet Inc and Twitter to amend their terms of service within one month or possibly face fines, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The companies proposed some ways to resolve the issues and discussed them with the authorities on Thursday, the person … Read more

EU antitrust regulators praise audiobooks deal from Apple, Amazon

Antitrust regulators from the European Union have welcomed an agreement between Apple and Amazon to end exclusivity deals for audiobooks. The agreement between Apple and Amazon and its Audible service to remove the exclusivity obligations allows Audible to supply its downloadable audiobooks to third-party platforms beyond iTunes, the European Commission said Thursday. In addition, the … Read more

Honor 6X is officially heading to the EU and USA this month

The Honor 6X smartphone went official last October in China and while it may have escaped its homeland via some third-party retailers, the 6X wasn’t officially available anywhere else. That’s about to change though. Today, at a pre-CES event, Huawei’s subsidiary Honor announced the expansion of the availability of the Honor 6X. The attractive mid-ranger … Read more