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UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK carrier Three says it will begin blocking mobile ads

UK wireless carrier Three has announced that it will begin block ads for all its subscribers at the network level. The company has partnered with the startup Shine, with the intent to remove "excessive and irrelevant mobile ads" for users, and in turn reduce the strain on their bandwidth. Three says this move isn't an attempt to eliminate mobile advertising altogether, but instead is to give customers "more control and choice" over what appears on their devices.

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France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

Slowly and bit by bit, Facebook is losing legal ground in Europe over what many member states are now calling illegal practices that violate the privacy of users and non-users alike. The case it faces in France, however, is significant because of its timing and its root cause. The French privacy regulator CNIL has ordered Facebook to stop tracking the web activities of non-Facebook users, among other things, or face hefty fines. But in addition, it has called out Facebook for transferring European data to the US, which has basically been declared illegal in the EU.

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UK carrier O2 says mobile ad-blocking a possibility

UK carrier O2 says mobile ad-blocking a possibility

Following similar comments from EE about doing the same, UK carrier O2 has said it's also considering options for allowing its customers to block all mobile ads on their smartphones. In an interview with Business Insider, O2 said that they are already in the process of determining what kind of effects such technology would have on their network, and how it could be beneficial for customers.

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Volkswagen dieselgate recalls to begin in January

Volkswagen dieselgate recalls to begin in January

Following Volkswagen's admissions over just how many of its vehicles around the world were among those installed with software to help cheat diesel emissions tests, the German manufacturer's newly appointed CEO Matthias Müller has said that they are expecting to begin recalls in January 2016. Speaking to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Müller added that "all the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016." However, it was clarified that these two timeframes only apply to affected VW cars in Europe.

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France orders Google to apply ‘right to be forgotten’ removals globally

France orders Google to apply ‘right to be forgotten’ removals globally

French privacy watchdog CNIL has denied Google's appeal against applying "right to be forgotten" removals to all of its global sites. Google was protesting a June decision from CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés), which saw the regulator threaten the search giant with sanctions. Google has been following recent European court decisions that gives individuals the right to file removal requests for certain information. However, Google was only removing search results from its European domains, such as Google.fr or Google.de.

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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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