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  • EU puts a cap on when roaming in the sun
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    EU puts a cap on when roaming in the sun

    By 1 July 2010

    Quick, book your flight - international roaming just got (a little bit) cheaper. As well as a cap of €50 (about £41-ish) on data charges, the cost of calls whilst abroad has also fallen due to an EU directive which is now in place. The cuts are as...

  • Developer criticises 'limited' browser ballot
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    Developer criticises 'limited' browser ballot

    By 3 March 2010

    A web designer, Richard Quick, has filed a complaint with the EC about the browser ballot screen that is rolling out, offering users a choice between which software they use to navigate the Web. He says that half the options on offer are just Internet...

  • Wild Wild Web - the browser ballot's lesser-known options
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    Wild Wild Web - the browser ballot's lesser-known options

    By 1 March 2010

    We're not going to insult your intelligence. You know what Firefox is. You might have tried new boy Chrome. If you're a Mac user, you'll be familiar with Safari. You may even be a fan of long-running innovators Opera. One thing's for sure - you're unlikely...

  • EU sets 6 month limit on Street View
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    EU sets 6 month limit on Street View

    By 26 February 2010

    Every 12 months, Google currently has to drive around all the places that it's snapped on Street View and re-take the photos, but under new instructions from the EU, that could be cut down to half as much - just 6 months. The reason is data privacy. The...

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

    By 19 February 2010

    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
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    Microsoft lowers Bing user data retention to 6 months

    By 19 January 2010

    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
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    EU drops Microsoft antitrust charges

    By 16 December 2009

    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
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    EU cars getting mandatory emergency system

    By 19 November 2009

    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"
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    EU proposes wireless "Road Trains"

    By 9 November 2009

    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
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    EU imposes music player volume limit

    By 28 September 2009

    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
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    Another exploding iPhone reported in France

    By 26 August 2009

    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
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    Microsoft announces Windows Anytime Upgrade

    By 31 July 2009

    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
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    Europe gets Windows 7 without Internet Explorer

    By 12 June 2009

    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
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    Games may have to offer 2-year warranty

    By 15 May 2009

    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...

  • Intel hit with record EU fine for anti-competive practices
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    Intel hit with record EU fine for anti-competive practices

    By 13 May 2009

    Intel has been hit with record fines by the European Commission for anti-competitive practices. The chipmaker has been fined 1.06 billion euros, around £950 million, for bribing companies to use its products over those of rival AMD. Between 2002 and...

  • EU cuts cost of roaming
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    EU cuts cost of roaming

    By 22 April 2009

    Texting, making and receiving calls and accessing the internet on your mobile whilst in Europe is set to become considerably cheaper as of July. The European Parliament has voted in favour of new EU rules on SMS and data roaming, proposed by the European...

  • EU to cap roaming data charges
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    EU to cap roaming data charges

    By 26 March 2009

    If you've ever been abroad and been stung by extortionate roaming costs, this bit of news may well brighten up your summer holiday this year. The EU has announced that the cost for making calls, sending messages and browsing the web abroad will fall from...

  • Google volunteers to be third party in Microsoft EU case
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    Google volunteers to be third party in Microsoft EU case

    By 25 February 2009

    Google has revealed it is applying to become a third party in the European Commission's actions against Microsoft tying their Internet Explorer browser to the Windows operating system. In a blog post entitled, "Browsers powered by user choice", Sundar...

  • Euro agreement to protect social networking under-18s signed
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    Euro agreement to protect social networking under-18s signed

    By 9 February 2009

    17 web firms have signed a European agreement to improve the safety of under 18s who use social networking sites. The companies include Bebo, Facebook, MySpace, Google/YouTube, Microsoft and Yahoo as well as Arto, Dailymotion, Giovani.it, Hyves, Nasza-klaza.pl,...

  • Industry hits back at plasmas to be banned reports
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    Industry hits back at plasmas to be banned reports

    By 20 January 2009

    EICTA, an organisation described as "the voice of the European digital technology industry", has issued a statement of "important clarification" on behalf of the industry over the news that large plasma TVs might soon be banned in Europe. The statement...

  • EU attacks Microsoft over anti-trust browser issues
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    EU attacks Microsoft over anti-trust browser issues

    By 19 January 2009

    A familiar, and expensive, battle is to due to begin again, as the EU is taking Microsoft to task over anti-trust issues. In a near-repeat of a former EU vs Microsoft issue over Media Player, the European Commission, the executive arm of the European...

  • Plasma TVs facing green ban in Britain
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    Plasma TVs facing green ban in Britain

    By 12 January 2009

    Large plasma televisions, described as "energy-guzzling... 4x4s of the living room" will soon see a UK ban. Becoming part of Britain's battle against climate change, ministers have told The Independent on Sunday that "minimum energy performance standards"...

  • Brits "panic buying" light bulbs
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    Brits "panic buying" light bulbs

    By 7 January 2009

    It's being reported that shop shelves are being emptied of traditional light bulbs as UK consumers stock up. The incandescent 100W bulbs are do be replaced by greener, low-energy alternatives as part of an EU agreement that Britain signed up to in order...

  • Intel rejects EU deadline in antitrust case
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    Intel rejects EU deadline in antitrust case

    By 28 November 2008

    It's been rumbling on for ages but now the antitrust case levelled at Intel by EU authorities has taken another twist. Intel is supposed to be answering accusations from way back in July that it slashed prices below cost and offered huge rebates in an...

  • EU to act on roaming charges
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    EU to act on roaming charges

    By 28 November 2008

    Controversial plans to try and cut back on the charges we Europeans have to pay when sending texts or downloading data on our mobile phones whilst "roaming" are looking set to become law. EU Telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has taken on the telecoms...