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Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

When it comes to the future of the electric car market and its growth, one of the biggest difficulties is the need for a wide range of charging stations that will support vehicles from different manufacturers. Well, four of the biggest automakers are now working together to form a solution — for Europe, at least. BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group have announced a joint partnership in Ionity, a venture that aims to build a huge network of fast chargers across Europe.

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Pokemon Go events delayed in Europe after Fest disaster in Chicago

Pokemon Go events delayed in Europe after Fest disaster in Chicago

Both Pokemon Go players and developer Niantic Labs suffered a huge disappointment last weekend when the real-world Pokemon Go Fest event turned into a disaster. Held in Chicago, the event was designed to be a celebration of the game and its community on its one-year anniversary, but severe technical issues including overloaded servers and cellular network congestion left players unable to login and participate.

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You will finally be able to buy an LG V30 if you’re in Europe

You will finally be able to buy an LG V30 if you’re in Europe

Not all smartphones are created equal, moreso smartphone markets. Some countries get the top of the line models while others have to settle for mid-range ones. If you are living in Europe and have been itching to get LG’s V series, you were pretty much out of luck. Times are changing, it seems. According to a tip, LG will be bringing it soon to be unveiled V30 to Europe, making it the first of its line to make it into the region.

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Android could net Google another antitrust fine from EU

Android could net Google another antitrust fine from EU

Last week, The European Commission slapped Google with a fairly massive fine. The Commission ordered Google to pay €2.4 billion over the violation of antitrust laws related to the way it placed its own Google Shopping results in search. Now, Google could be facing an even bigger antitrust fine from The European Commission, and this time the Commission's point of contention is Android.

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Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google is finding itself in quite a bit of trouble with the European Commission this morning. The Commission has found that Google violated EU antitrust laws by giving search preference to its own comparison shopping service at the expense of its competitors. As a result, Google is going to have to pay a record fine that climbs into the billions.

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Germany passes law approving autonomous car testing

Germany passes law approving autonomous car testing

While the US continues to be the center of self-driving car development, locations like California and Michigan will no longer be the only options for car makers to test and develop their autonomous technology. Germany has just passed a law that gives auto companies permission to test their self-driving cars on public roads, as long as a number of safety conditions are met.

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Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

2017 continues to be a very bad year for Uber. After ongoing evidence of the company's systematic harassment of women employees, the discovery of a tool used to evade law enforcement, and a damning lawsuit from Google, the ride-hailing service has now been handed a nationwide ban in Italy. A court in Rome has ruled that Uber's service amounts to "unfair competition" for the local taxi industry, and that all operations must be ceased.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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Huawei P10 Lite finally announced, hitting UK later this month

Huawei P10 Lite finally announced, hitting UK later this month

We recently found ourselves in an interesting situation with the Huawei P10 Lite. Even though retailers over in Europe were posting listings for the device - it was first spotted in The Netherlands at CoolBlue and then at Italy's Monclick earlier this week - Huawei didn't give the device any kind of official reveal. The wait is finally over today, as the Huawei P10 Lite has been officially confirmed for release in the UK.

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EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

Digital copies are games are quite convenient. Without the need for physical access, they are easier to distribute and can reach as many as possible. In theory, of course. In practice, however, games don’t always reach all countries, even countries that belong to the same region. That situation has prompted the European Commission, the European Union’s legislative body, to take a closer look into the business of “geo-blocking” games practiced by Steam owner Valve and five game publishers to see if this almost ordinary way of doing things is, in fact, an anti-competitive practice.

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Roaming charges in EU really coming to an end in 4 months

Roaming charges in EU really coming to an end in 4 months

Great news for Europeans who live in countries included in the European Union. Not so good news for those who just left. The European Commission, the EU’s governing body, has just proudly announced that the final obstacle to abolishing non-uniform roaming charges with the region has been overcome. That is why starting mid June this year, Europeans traveling to other EU countries will be able to enjoy “wholesale” roaming prices that will feel like “roam-at-home”.

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