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European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

The European Commission has accused Facebook of having ‘provided incorrect or misleading’ info during its probe into the company’s merger with WhatsApp a couple years ago. The issue appears to stem from Facebook’s claim that it couldn’t ‘establish reliable automated matching between’ Facebook accounts and WhatsApp accounts, something at odds with WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy and TOS presented this past August.

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Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay officially launched in Spain this week, making it the latest European nation to accept Apple's contactless mobile payments service. It also comes shortly after similar debuts in Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. Using compatible iPhone models or an Apple Watch, Apple Pay will allow users to make fast and easy payments at 27 Spanish retailers simply by holding their device over an NFC terminal.

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Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook's decision to begin collecting data from WhatsApp users has already drawn a negative reaction in Germany, but now the entire European Union is getting in on the action. Today, the European Commission's Article 29 Working Party has told Facebook to stop collecting that data as it carries out an investigation into these new policies.

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New Apple HQ headed for Battersea Power Station

New Apple HQ headed for Battersea Power Station

Apple's adding another historical landmark to their collection of properties, this time at a rather recognizable London power station. This is Battersea Power Station, and according to the Standard, it'll be "a new Apple campus." This campus will be opening its doors (to employees) in the year 2021.

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Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon's Dash Button service has become fairly common in the US after launching a year and a half ago with the small, WiFi-connected devices that let shoppers re-order household items and snacks with just a single press, and now totaling over 100 brands and products. But in all that time, Amazon has never made the buttons available outside the US — until now. Dash Buttons have officially launched in the UK, Germany, and Austria.

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Apple responds to Ireland tax allegations (plus a few Brexit facts)

Apple responds to Ireland tax allegations (plus a few Brexit facts)

Apple responds to allegations from the European Commission which suggested that the company was receiving illegal tax breaks from Ireland. In this letter, penned by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company suggests that the EU is retroactively applying rules which should not apply to their taxation situation. Apple has their European base of operations in Ireland, having set that base up back in October of 1980, and has expanded throughout Ireland (and greater Europe) since. The European Commission suggests that Apple's way of paying taxes in Ireland is "illegal under EU state aid rules."

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Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland is in big trouble with the European Commission (EC) over tax breaks that it gave Apple to lure the tech giant to set up shop in the country. According to the EC, the tax breaks that Ireland gave to Apple are worth up to €13 billion or $14,518,205,000 in USD to be exact. The EC says that tax breaks of this sort are illegal under EU state rules.

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Oculus Rift arrives in Canada and Europe next month

Oculus Rift arrives in Canada and Europe next month

The team behind the Oculus Rift is gearing up to significantly expand its reach, announcing today that the VR headset will be available in Canada and Europe starting on September 20. Oculus Rift will also go up for pre-order in those regions through a variety of retail partners, so if you're inclined to reserve one before the Rift launches, you'll be able to do so beginning today.

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Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO may just be the best mobile game we've ever played, but so far, only folks in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have been given an official release. It's been a week since the game first launched, and other eager players around the world are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Today, it would appear that players in at least one European country will finally get that chance, as developer Niantic Labs has announced that Pokemon GO is now available in Germany.

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Brexit voters Googling “What is the EU?” after voting Leave

Brexit voters Googling “What is the EU?” after voting Leave

Google says top searches in UK following Brexit vote inquire what the European Union actually is. What better time to find information on the EU, the subject that you JUST voted on, than right after the vote has been cast? It's like interviewing someone after you've hired them with a lifelong contract. It's like drinking a glass of liquid, asking what was inside only after you've swallowed.

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EU files antitrust charge against Google, this time on Android

EU files antitrust charge against Google, this time on Android

Google is the new Microsoft. At least as far as collecting antitrust lawsuits are concerned. In Europe, the tech giant is once again facing serious charges, this time surrounding the Android mobile operating system. According to the European Commission, Google is using unlawful monopolistic practices that unfairly puts its search and apps, and there its ads, as the dominant, if not only, choice on Android devices, to the detriment of competition and potentially stifling innovation. Naturally denies this and hints that the EC might not exactly understand how Android works.

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DJI’s new European partnership tests drones in emergency missions

DJI’s new European partnership tests drones in emergency missions

Drones could be useful tools for first responders, and as such Chinese drone maker DJI has partnered with EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, to explore ways in which such aerial technologies could be leveraged by emergency service providers. The duo announced the new partnership today, saying that DJI will supply the drones and related technology to “carefully selected teams of pilots” throughout Europe, among the equipment being DJI’s Zenmuse XT thermal camera system and the Phantom and Inspire drones.

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