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Report: European Parliament wants Google broken up

Report: European Parliament wants Google broken up

Google and the European Union have a rocky relationship. The stranglehold Google has on search and search results is sometimes troubling to critics, with the European Commission charged with keeping a close eye on Google’s goings-on. Several attempts by Google to satiate the demands of complainers has fallen short, while loud critics like the FOTU group continue to make their case that Google is gaming search to meet their own wants and needs. The latest solution might be the wildest yet, as a new report alleges officials in the European Parliament are preparing to ask the EC to have Google separate search from the rest of its services.

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‘Google tax’ approved in Spain, search engines must pay news publishers

‘Google tax’ approved in Spain, search engines must pay news publishers

Spain is now among the growing number of European countries to pass intellectual property laws that labels search engines and news aggregators, such as Google News, as infringing on copyrights when they link to news stories. The Spanish parliament approved new laws on Thursday, to go into effect on January 1st, 2015, allowing news publishers to charge a fee each time search engines display their content in search results.

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Italy plans to boost economy, tourism with free WiFi

Italy plans to boost economy, tourism with free WiFi

Italy is a country known for delicious food and amazing sights, but not so much for decent broadband internet access. The nation's government recognizes this, and a group of lawmakers have proposed a $6.3 million project that would install free, public WiFi in across the country in effort to not only attract tourists, but also strengthen its economy in comparison with the rest of Europe.

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Google releases “Right to be Forgotten” transparency report

Google releases “Right to be Forgotten” transparency report

When Google was made to start accepting and acknowledging URL takedown requests in Europe — the famed “Right to be Forgotten” issue — they were almost immediately inundated with more than they could handle. In the first day alone, Google received over 12,000 requests from netizens, and it doesn’t look to have slowed down much. Yesterday, Google released info about those takedown requests, and the metrics are staggering. In the short time it’s been available, Google has seen over half a million takedown submissions.

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Study shows we’ll give up our children for free WiFi

Study shows we’ll give up our children for free WiFi

When you’re logging into a public WiFi hotspot, do you read the terms and conditions? Probably not, but you’re not alone. While it’s not clear what percentage of people aren’t reading the fine print, quite a few Britons in London recently gave up their first-born child for free WiFi, all because they didn’t read the T&C when logging in.

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Google faces accusations Search isn’t fair to all

Google faces accusations Search isn’t fair to all

To further combat Google’s long-reach with regard to search, a collective of smaller entities have taken up arms against them. A new website, Focus on the User, has been launched to convince European lawmakers that Google isn’t playing fairly. Rather than foster a free and open Internet search engine, the site claims Google is using it to their advantage.

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