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Panasonic’s first Firefox OS smart TV’s hit Europe

Panasonic’s first Firefox OS smart TV’s hit Europe

First announced earlier this year, the first smart TV's running Firefox OS are finally available for sale in Europe. In a partnership between Panasonic and Firefox, six models of the Panasonic Viera smart TV's will now run the Linux-based OS. The availability of each model depends on the European country. Although they're not available stateside yet, the Firefox OS Vieras are set to launch globally "in the coming months."

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Europe’s mobile carriers aim to block all internet ads

Europe’s mobile carriers aim to block all internet ads

Internet ads have become one of the necessary nuisances of our mobile era. We don't like seeing them, but without them, who knows how many website and services would cease to exist. However, at least one European mobile carrier seems prepared to start blocking all online ads from appearing on your smartphone screen, although not necessarily for your benefit. The purpose, it seems, it to try to fight back against Google and break their hold on the web's advertising systems.

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Google transparency report details ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Google transparency report details ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Even though we warn inept teenagers about the permanence of the Internet, in Europe, it's not so simple. Last year, the European Union enacted a "right to be forgotten" policy which lets anyone petition Google, directly, to have specific URLs removed from search procedures. More often than not, the petitioner is not affiliated with the site in question, the URL is simply host to embarrassing information that the requester would rather have withheld from search results. Since its official request process began on May 29, 2014, Google has been inundated with removal requests detailed in its latest transparency report.

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Ericsson takes patent lawsuit against Apple to Europe

Ericsson takes patent lawsuit against Apple to Europe

Ericsson, embroiled in patent litigation against Apple stateside, is taking the fight overseas. The Swedish company has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain, and the Netherlands, claiming Apple owes royalties for their widespread unlicensed use of 2G and 4G LTE communication standards Ericsson owns. In a statement on the new lawsuits, Ericsson’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer Kasim Alfalahi said “Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place”. Apple refused comment on this recent lawsuit, instead referencing statements made about a similar legal tangling stateside.

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EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

Trademarks and patents are strange beasts. Something you've been holding on to for years in one country might suddenly be declared not yours in another place and another time. That is somewhat the case that Microsoft is facing when judges at the General Court of the European Union declared that Redmond can't apply for a trademark for Skype and its logo that will apply to the whole EU region. This is because, according to the judges, there is potential for confusion with the UK broadcasting company known simply as "Sky".

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EU is making automatic emergency calling mandatory for cars

EU is making automatic emergency calling mandatory for cars

The European Parliment just voted to enact a measure to make Europe's highways a bit safer. Automatic emergency dialing service, eCall, will be installed in all new passenger cars and trucks within the EU. The service is designed to aid car accident victims by automatically calling 112 (the European equivalent to America's 911) in the case of a crash. Last year, over 25,700 people lost their lives from European road accidents. The eCall system is expected to cut the EU's annual death toll from car accidents by 10%.

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Amazon and Audi want to put junk directly into your trunk

Amazon and Audi want to put junk directly into your trunk

In our undying quest to connect all the things to all the other things, we’re bound to have some failures and missteps. We’re also bound to have those redeeming moments of glory where we’ve stumbled onto brilliance. I’m not sure where this concept ends up, but Amazon is trying to deliver your web purchases to your car. It’s as if Amazon is skipping the middle man (you) and putting your deliveries where they’ll end up anyway. Brilliant! Maybe. I’m not sure.

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EU files antitrust charge against Google for Search, Android

EU files antitrust charge against Google for Search, Android

As we expected, the European Commission has hit Google with an antitrust charge relating to search. Further, the EU is also insisting they’re going to look into Android. According to the complaint, the EU says Google is “systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages”. Further, “the Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers”. Google has yet to comment, but an internal memo leaked yesterday suggests the company wholeheartedly disagrees with the EU’s stance.

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Ubuntu-bearing BQ Aquaris E4.5 now available in Europe

Ubuntu-bearing BQ Aquaris E4.5 now available in Europe

The promise of a smartphone powered by Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions, is quite an old one but it seems that 2015 is finally the year when it all takes flesh. First among the promised batch of Ubuntu phones, bq unveiled its Ubuntu-flavored Aquaris E4.5 at MWC 2015 last February. Now that very same device is available for purchase, but limited only to the European Union. Late to the market and limited availability, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, might have an even harder time breaking into the space than, say, Firefox OS.

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Kyocera breaks into European market with new 4G TORQUE model

Kyocera breaks into European market with new 4G TORQUE model

After some reasonable amount of success in Japan and the US, at least as far as its niche smartphone market goes, Kyocera is now trying its luck in Europe. It's entry into the market is a familiar name, but don't confuse this TORQUE with 2013's model. This new TORQUE boasts of some decent mid-range specs and even throws 4G LTE connectivity. All the while still delivering the same high-level of ruggedness, weather endurance, and durability that Kyocera's smartphones are quite known for.

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