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Microsoft and Yahoo's search team-up gets regulator approval

Microsoft and Yahoo's search team-up gets regulator approval

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Microsoft and Yahoo have announced that they have now received the required clearance for their search team-up from both the US Department of Justice and the European Commission, and, says the two companies, "will now turn their attention to beginning... >>

Microsoft lowers Bing user data retention to 6 months

Microsoft lowers Bing user data retention to 6 months

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Microsoft has announced that Bing users' data will be deleted at 6 months, rather than the previous 18 months. The move, said to be as part of Microsoft's "ongoing evaluation of (its) Internet search privacy practices" is described as a "new and significant... >>

EU drops Microsoft antitrust charges

EU drops Microsoft antitrust charges

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The European Union has announced that it's dropping all antitrust charges against Microsoft, following the software giant's agreement to offer a choice of 12 web browsers to owners of its operating system. The deal will see users get a "ballot screen"... >>

EU cars getting mandatory emergency system

EU cars getting mandatory emergency system

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From early in the next decade, it'll be mandatory for all cars in the EU to be fitted with a "black box" technology called eCall. This is an in-vehicle emergency call service which is used to contact the authorities in the case of an accident or other... >>

EU proposes wireless "Road Trains"

EU proposes wireless "Road Trains"

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An interesting EU-financed project is looking at the possibility of building "Road Trains" to carry cars in convoy over long journeys. Each road train would be comprised of up to eight vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, anything), all of which would follow... >>

EU imposes music player volume limit

EU imposes music player volume limit

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The European Union has demanded that MP3 player and mobile phone manufacturers decrease the volume on their output, in a concession to the risk of deafness. The consumer protection unit said that the new rules are aimed at teenagers, reports the AFP.... >>

Another exploding iPhone reported in France

Another exploding iPhone reported in France

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Another instance of an exploding iPhone has been reported in France, following previous, similar incidents across France, Britain, Holland and Sweden. The reports - that have allegedly seen various iPods and iPhones combusting in a manner of ways - have... >>

Microsoft announces Windows Anytime Upgrade

Microsoft announces Windows Anytime Upgrade

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Microsoft has announced the details of its Windows Anytime Upgrade option for Windows 7, as well as news of a Windows 7 Family Pack. With the netbook market an influential factor, the Windows Anytime Upgrade scheme sees Microsoft offering consumers a... >>

Europe gets Windows 7 without Internet Explorer

Europe gets Windows 7 without Internet Explorer

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In response to the EU's antitrust case against Microsoft many years ago, the company has announced that it won't be bundling Internet Explorer by default with Windows 7. Instead, it'll provide an IE-less version to manufactuers, who'll then be able to... >>

Games may have to offer 2-year warranty

Games may have to offer 2-year warranty

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A new EU proposal could force video games developers to provide a 2-year guarantee on their games. Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva want to extend the reach of the EU Sales and Guarantees Directive. However, games publishers have reacted... >>