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Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

It isn't surprising that Google is being hit with lawsuits, chief among which are antitrust charges. After all, a giant makes for a big, easy target. It also isn't surprising to hear Google take to its online soapbox to proclaim its innocence, while pointing out the weakness of the other party's arguments. What we have now, then, is a legal "he said, she said" between Google and the European Commission's antitrust body, which could eventually lead to the most high-profile lawsuit Google will be facing in that region.

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Europe cheer up! You might still get a Galaxy Note 5

Europe cheer up! You might still get a Galaxy Note 5

Either Samsung has silently recanted due to the backlash or it was never really sure about its international push. Either way, things seem to be looking up for our European friends as far as one of Samsung's latest flagships go. Numerous sightings, and even one directly from Samsung's website, have all hinted that the Galaxy Note 5 might be coming to Europe after all. This despite Samsung "officially" stating that only the Galaxy S6 edge+ is intended for that market, a decision that remains a baffling mystery to this day.

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There might be no Galaxy Note 5 for Europe

There might be no Galaxy Note 5 for Europe

Samsung has just unveiled its two new metal-clad phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, and is now just waiting for the global launch next week. However, that global launch might not be so global after all. BBC reports that due to some still unfathomable logic, Samsung is planning NOT to launch its S Pen toting Galaxy Note 5 in Europe, considered to be a major market for smartphones. This decision could have a negative impact of the phablet, if not in sales then in perception.

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Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Facebook's policy of forcing users to use their real names on the social network has been under fire for some time now from privacy advocates and those in the LGBT community who feel discriminated against. But now a privacy watchdog in Germany has said that is unacceptable in the country, and ordered Facebook to begin allowing users under pseudonyms. The Hamburg data protection authority ruled that the network's real name policy is in violation of Germany's privacy laws.

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Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

If the idea of having Amazon deliver orders via drone sounds good, then why not just have all postal delivery handled by the UAVs? That's what the smart people at Swiss Post must have thought, since they're going to start tests this month with the "commercial use of logistics drones." While it will certainly be at least a few years before all mail in Switzerland is delivered by drones, these tests aim to start with small packages.

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Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

The European Commission has announced that an agreement has been reached that will finally put an end to roaming charges within Europe on June 15th, 2017. That means in just under 2 years Europeans will be able to travel to other countries in the European Union (EU), and pay the same cell phone rates as they do at home. This includes countries like France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, and many, many more.

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Norway has built a ‘highway’ for bees

Norway has built a ‘highway’ for bees

It's well-known that bees and their process of pollination play an important part in global food production, and scientists have been concerned for years about the rapidly decreasing numbers of bee populations. So, one environmental group in Norway has done something a bit unique to help address the problem. They have built what is called the world's first highway for bees in the capital city of Oslo. It's not typical highway like you'd picture in your mind, but rather a series of safe spots on rooftops that allow bees to move through the city.

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Uber France celebrates Father’s Day with rides in vintage cars

Uber France celebrates Father’s Day with rides in vintage cars

Father's Day is this Sunday, and while some kids dream of one day gifting a classic car to their dads, if that isn't possible giving them a ride in such a vehicle can make just as nice a gift. Riding-sharing service Uber, which seems to be eager to explore different kinds of partnerships lately, is offering to make that happen this weekend, should your dad happen to be living in Lyon, France. The French division of Uber has teamed up with Roadstr to pick dads up in vintage rides.

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France pressures Google to make ‘right to be forgotten’ delistings global

France pressures Google to make ‘right to be forgotten’ delistings global

As Google has been slowly following orders from European courts in honoring "right to be forgotten" requests, France has found the search engine giant may not be doing all it can to remove unwanted links. French privacy watchdog CNIL says that when Google does delist a requested link, they are only removing it from search results within Europe. The regulator has ordered Google to make the delistings apply globally within 15 days, or sanctions will be imposed.

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European Commission targets Amazon with ebook antitrust investigation

European Commission targets Amazon with ebook antitrust investigation

Following a similar investigation into Apple, the European Commission is now targeting Amazon with an antitrust probe over its ebooks business and potentially anti-competitive practices. As Amazon is the largest ebooks distributor in Europe, the EC want to focus on the company's contracts with publishers. Of utmost concern is an apparent requirement that publishers tell Amazon about deals with their competitors, specifically if they are offering better prices. The EC believes clauses like these "seem to shield Amazon from competition."

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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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