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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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Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay may cover 90% of credit volume here in the United States, but overseas the mobile payment service is still missing. That could change, though, as two Apple job listings point to their intent to make electronic point-of-sale transactions a big thing the world over. In London, Apple is looking for someone to spearhead their European rollout for Apple Pay, while a Shanghai based opening suggests Apple is cannonballing into the Chinese market. A timeframe for the respective rollouts for Apple Pay was not noted.

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Spain’s newspapers actually don’t want Google News to go

Spain’s newspapers actually don’t want Google News to go

In a rather ironic turn of events, some of Spain's newspaper publishers actually want Google News to come back. This after the search giant announced its withdrawal of Google News service in Spain due to a new law that would require Google to pay publishers a fee for showing a snippet of news, no matter how small or how big. Claiming that it isn't sustainable for its free and advertisement-clean Google News service, it decided to just pack up and leave, much to the worry of the same publishers pushing for such a law.

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German Chancellor voices support for fast lane internet, opposing net neutrality

German Chancellor voices support for fast lane internet, opposing net neutrality

German leader Angela Merkel made comments earlier in the week on the topic of net neutrality, an important issue being discussed by a number of European governments, not to mention the U.S. Unfortunately for those in support of an internet with speeds unregulated by telecommunications companies, Chancellor Merkel doesn't feel the same, arguing instead for the controversial "two-lane" setup that has many users concerned.

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Bing, Yahoo begin accepting European ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Bing, Yahoo begin accepting European ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Good news for individuals in Europe looking to have unwanted information about them purged from internet search results, as Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo's search have officially started accepting and processing "right to be forgotten" requests. This follows a ruling in May by the European Union's Court of Justice that gives people the right to make such requests, and requires search engines to comply under certain circumstances.

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