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BepiColombo spacecraft launch will kick off seven-year Mercury mission

BepiColombo spacecraft launch will kick off seven-year Mercury mission

The European Space Agency is preparing to launch the BepiColombo spacecraft as part of a mission to study Mercury. The ESA has been preparing for the launch for weeks, including a series of rehearsals that took place earlier this month. The spacecraft is currently scheduled to launch from French Guiana at 9:45PM ET tonight.

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Google app fees for Europe could add $40 to each Android

Google app fees for Europe could add $40 to each Android

Google's shift to charging Android device-makers in Europe fees to include the Google Play store could add as much as $40 to the cost of each smartphone, leaked documents confirm, a move which is leading some to predict more expensive products for buyers. Google announced the change in strategy after being forced by the European Commission to unbundle its apps - like Chrome and Google Search - from Android.

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BMW recycling program will put old EV batteries to good use

BMW recycling program will put old EV batteries to good use

BMW Group has teamed with Umicore and Northvolt to develop a "closed life cycle loop" for electric car batteries. This EV battery recycling program includes more than harvesting materials, instead first designating used EV batteries for secondary uses, such as stationary energy storage devices. At the end of this life cycles, the batteries will be harvested for raw materials.

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Apple’s Shazam acquisition given the go-ahead by EU regulators

Apple’s Shazam acquisition given the go-ahead by EU regulators

Back in December, Apple announced its intention to buy Shazam. While acquisitions like this are always subject to some delay while they make it through the regulatory process, this one in particular hit a pretty big roadblock when the European Commission announced a full-blown investigation into whether or not the deal would be anti-competitive. That investigation was announced back in April, and now it seems that the EU has reached its decision.

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EU wants to crack down of phone chargers, Lightning in danger

EU wants to crack down of phone chargers, Lightning in danger

The European Union seems ready to flex its muscles to steer the mobile market ship, perhaps emboldened by its successful case against Google and Android. This time, it’s turning its sights on something it already thought was a closed case years ago: mobile phone chargers. Despite the growing use of the USB-C standard on smartphones, the EU thinks that the adoption is not only slow but also not enough. And considering that Apple remains the only one with a proprietary connector, its Lightning technology stands to lose the most.

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Too little, too late: EU chief scorns Android’s antitrust avoidance

Too little, too late: EU chief scorns Android’s antitrust avoidance

Google tried to placate the European Union with a package of concessions, but failed to avoid a $5 billion Android antitrust fine after its offer was rebuffed. The search giant was slapped with the biggest penalty in antitrust history last week, after the EU deemed it guilty of monopolizing the smartphone ecosystem.

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The EU fined Google $5bn and Trump is furious

The EU fined Google $5bn and Trump is furious

Yesterday, the European Commission hit Google with a record-breaking $5 billion fine for antitrust violations. There are actually a few different angles to the Commission's complaint, but to boil it down, it essentially claimed that Google used Android to cement its search dominance. Google, obviously, argued against the fine and announced its intent to appeal the ruling, and today the company finds itself with an unlikely ally: President Trump.

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Google EU fine is a double-edged sword that could hurt Android

Google EU fine is a double-edged sword that could hurt Android

The European Commission just slapped Google with a $5 billion fine and gave it 90 days to clean up its act. The reason: Google’s anticompetitive practice that used Android to practically force its Search service and Chrome browser on manufacturers and carriers to the detriment of rival apps and services. Like any issue of this magnitude, it’s not a clear-cut case. And while the European Commission may have the best interests of the Android ecosystem in mind, its demands could end up causing Android harm in the long run as well.

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EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

Google has drawn the ire of the European Union once more, earning itself a massive €4,342,865,000 fine ($5.05 billion) for what the EU views as antitrust violations. Today's fines center around Google Search and Android - more specifically, how Google has used Android as a "vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine" as internet traffic shifts from desktop to mobile. Google now has 90 days to bring its illegal conduct to an end, otherwise it faces additional fines that will add up quickly.

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Razer GDPR update: Old software wont work anymore

Razer GDPR update: Old software wont work anymore

This morning Razer began rolling out an update for the Razer Phone, an update that'll change just a couple things. The most important part of the update is a series of upgrades that'll bring the Razer Phone up to full GDPR standards. "Razer highly values its users’ privacy, and therefore we are adding the highest standards of GDPR requirements from the across the globe to the Razer Phone," said a Razer representative. "We welcome the implementation of GDPR as it is an important step to enabling and empowering individual privacy rights."

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EU bans popular pesticides from fields to save bee populations

EU bans popular pesticides from fields to save bee populations

The European Union is taking drastic steps to help protect the world's bee population and will ban the most commonly used pesticides by the end of the year. The ban applies to open fields, but not closed greenhouses. The move follows many studies indicating that these pesticides are contributing to a drastic decrease in bee populations, an issue that threatens the world's crops.

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Apple’s deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

Apple’s deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

Apple's acquisition of Shazam has caught the attention of the European Commission, and not in a good way, with an in-depth investigation being opened over whether it harmfully impacts user choice. The proposed deal had been announced back in December last year, though without confirmation of just how much it would cost the Cupertino firm.

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