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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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Huawei P20 Pro detail round-up just before the event

Huawei P20 Pro detail round-up just before the event

For the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro we've been watching the rumor mill for weeks, and today we're having a peek at the details. The round-up you're about to see captures both the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro, both of these smartphones the high-end beasts Huawei wishes the world to behold. Both of these devices will quite likely be revealed tomorrow at the Huawei event in Paris at 1PM GMT (Tuesday, the 26th of March.)

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Google Right to be Forgotten’s first 3 years center on social media

Google Right to be Forgotten’s first 3 years center on social media

Today Google released a research paper called "Three years of the Right to be Forgotten" for peer review. It's been nearly four since Google's "Right to be Forgotten" tool went live in the aftermath of an Euro-centric Google listing legal ruling. This Right to be Forgotten service was launched by Google at the tail end of May, 2014, and it began its life in a wildly popular manner, finding 12,000 requests inside its first 24 hours.

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite’s four-camera Android gets wider launch

Huawei Honor 9 Lite’s four-camera Android gets wider launch

The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro might be the Huawei phones that are currently getting the lion's share of the attention, but today we're being reminded of the Honor line. Specifically, the Honor 9 Lite is bring catapulted into the spotlight again today, after launching in China toward the end of December. Think of the Honor 9 Lite as a budget-friendly device that stands in contrast to the premium focus Huawei tends to take with the Mate and standard Honor lines.

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Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in "unfair commercial practices." More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for "exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance of their products over time and induce consumers to purchase new versions of the same."

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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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