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Europe’s aggressive new emissions rules put gas engines on notice

Europe’s aggressive new emissions rules put gas engines on notice

The European Union has revealed tough new emissions standards, aiming for a 55-percent cut this decade in a move that could all but sign the death warrant for combustion engines. The European Green Deal, revealed in Brussels today, sees the EU's existing fossil fuel goals made even more aggressive as it cranks up the cost of emitting CO2.

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A digital euro is being developed – and faces big questions

A digital euro is being developed – and faces big questions

A digital euro is being developed, with the European Central Bank confirming that it's working on its own cross-border online currency, though not committing to actually launch the new virtual coin. The digital euro would be safer, more private, and more flexible, the organization insists, aiming to do for online transactions what the physical euro has done across the European Union.

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iPhone 13 models leak in EEC: 7 codes, 3 sizes

iPhone 13 models leak in EEC: 7 codes, 3 sizes

This week several Apple iPhone products appeared in a regulatory filing database with the EEC. This is the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a filing database that is one of several with reliable information about Apple product models. In this particular filing, we see several new iPhone devices running iOS 14 as made public on June 11, 2021. It would appear that at least 7 different models were logged - but it remains likely that Apple's iPhone 13 collection will span four individual models here in the USA, with three basic display sizes.

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Google Search Choice Screen to be free for rival search engines

Google Search Choice Screen to be free for rival search engines

Google might be the most popular search engine in the world but it is hardly the only one. There are several of those around, some trying to survive in their local markets against the might of Google's resources. In Europe, the tech giant was legally forced to present Android users with a Choice Screen, letting them select the browser and search app of their choice. That choice didn't come without cost for those search engines, however, but now Google is removing the hurdle that forced those search engines to pay to be even on that Choice Screen list.

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Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

The European Commission has accused Apple of antitrust, alleging that its App Store rules rely on its "dominant position" to squeeze streaming music rivals like Spotify. The charges claim Apple's policies - in particular the 30-percent cut it takes on in-app subscriptions to competing streaming services - have led to an increase in prices paid by users in Europe. If found guilty of antitrust behaviors, Apple faces the potential of billions of dollars in fines.

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FBI and Europol seize VPN accused of supporting ‘criminal underworld’

FBI and Europol seize VPN accused of supporting ‘criminal underworld’

The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan has detailed an international law enforcement effort called 'Operation Nova' that targeted a 'bulletproof' VPN service accused of supporting criminals. The work was a joint effort between the FBI, Europol, and other agencies with the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters coordinating the operation.

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Facebook warns ePrivacy Directive in Europe could be harmful

Facebook warns ePrivacy Directive in Europe could be harmful

It seems that Facebook is setting itself up as an enemy of endeavors to protect privacy even as it tries to argue how such attempts do more harm than good. In Europe, it is trying to explain why some features in Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram have suddenly become unavailable in order to comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (ePrivacy Directive). In the same breath, however, it is also suggesting that this new regulation could actually put users in more danger because Facebook won't be able to report harmful content and activity.

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Facebook Messenger, Instagram temporarily disable some features in Europe

Facebook Messenger, Instagram temporarily disable some features in Europe

Facebook has been on the receiving end of a lot of legislative inquiries and litigations around the world and it has lost many of those fights in Europe. It's not surprising, then, that it is trying to be too careful now that the region has passed new privacy-related rules. European of the social media giant's instant messaging services in Messenger and Instagram (which recently "merged") might now see a worrying notification when they try to use features. Facebook reassures that this situation is only temporary.

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Google Fitbit takeover gets EU approval – but there’s a catch

Google Fitbit takeover gets EU approval – but there’s a catch

Way back in November of 2019, Google announced its intention to purchase Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. For a company as big as Google, any kind of acquisition is going to come under some pretty intense regulatory scrutiny, especially when the subject of its acquisition is a name as big as Fitbit. Fast forward 13 months later, and it looks like Google is about to get the regulatory approval it was looking for in the EU.

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EU wants to make smartphone bloatware removable

EU wants to make smartphone bloatware removable

Although things have definitely improved a bit, bloatware, a.k.a. preloaded apps from OEMs and carriers, are still one of the unnecessary evils of smartphone life. It's understandable that companies want to offer apps and services they presume consumers are dying to use (they aren't) but there's little to no excuse why they can't be uninstalled. A new law baking in the European Union, however, could require manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi to finally let users decide whether they want to keep those pre-installed apps or not.

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Google Fitbit acquisition could soon be cleared in the EU

Google Fitbit acquisition could soon be cleared in the EU

News about business acquisitions often makes it sound like things are over once the ink has dried. Reality is, however, far more complicated, especially when a company from one continent is acquiring a company from another continent with different laws and concerns. That is the situation that Google has found itself in when it announced it would acquiring Fitbit last year, a deal that has yet to be closed, presuming the EU gives its approval before 2020 is over.

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New iPhone 5G launch “days away” says leaked internal video

New iPhone 5G launch “days away” says leaked internal video

A video was leaked this week featuring BT and EE CEO Marc Allera and Apple's own Eddy Cue. Per the video, "we are just days away from Apple's next major launch, a 5G iPhone, which will be a huge boost for 5G." This is the sort of video that'd be shared among carrier officials and affiliates, not meant for public consumption. In other words, there's little reason to believe we're more than a month away from a "launch" of the first 5G iPhone.

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