Displaying items by tag: European Commission

Google is pleading what could be characterised as the "nice-guy defence" in its bid to reduce a €4.34 billion (US$5.02 billion, A$6.94 billion) fine imposed on it by the European Union in 2018 for allegedly breaching anti-trust rules relevant to Android, by saying it never intended to harm its rivals.

Published in Technology Regulation

Search giant Google has taken a swing at European anti-trust regulators over a €4.34 billion (US$5.07 billion, A$6.96 billion) fine imposed on it in 2018 for allegedly breaching anti-trust rules relevant to Android, claiming the authorities had turned a blind eye to Apple, its sole rival in the smartphone space.

Published in Technology Regulation

The European Commission has proposed that all wired digital devices should have USB-C as a common port for charging and also asked companies to standardise on fast charging technology.

Published in Technology Regulation

The European Union is likely to hit Apple with an anti-trust suit this week for allegedly blocking rivals on its App Store, in the wake of a complaint from music service Spotify.

Published in Technology Regulation
Tuesday, 09 February 2021 09:36

Entries open for Women Leading Tech awards

Entries are now open for the 2021 B&T Women Leading Tech Awards, giving entrants the opportunity to showcase their tech talent.

Published in Strategy

The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, has proposed new laws under which technology companies can be fined up to 10% of their global turnover and also face orders to split up.

Published in Technology Regulation

Researchers from the Monash Business School have made a presentation to the European Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, saying that Google should not be allowed to acquire US-based fitness company Fitbit.

Published in Technology Regulation

Apple has gained a win over the European Union with a high court in the political bloc ruling on Wednesday that the Cupertino-based outfit did not have to pay €13 billion (A$21 billion) in back taxes as demanded.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The European Union has finalised a common set of measures to mitigate the main cyber security risks of 5G networks, the political bloc announced on Wednesday, a day after Britain said it would permit Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies to play a limited role in its 5G networks.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

The European Commission has announced a formal anti-trust investigation into Amazon to find out whether the firm's use of sensitive data from independent retailers, who use its marketplace, breaches competition rules within the political bloc.

Published in Technology Regulation

New European legislation will make it mandatory for Google, Facebook and Twitter to remove extremist content within an hour of it being posted or else face fines up to 4% of turnover for repeat offences.

Published in Technology Regulation

New copyright rules in the member states of the European Union will mean that Google will have to pay publishers for any snippets it uses from their publications, while Facebook will have to change its algorithms to filter out protected content.

Published in Technology Regulation
Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:17

Europe set to ignore US calls for Huawei ban

The European Commission is set to urge countries within the European Union to ignore calls from the United States to ban Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies from playing a role in 5G networks within the political bloc.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Australia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, has joined the European Commission and 24 other countries in a new global campaign focused on reducing the number of unsafe consumer products being sold online.

Published in Market
Thursday, 08 November 2018 07:28

EU says probe into Google's AdSense almost complete

The European Union has almost completed a third inquiry into Google's parent company Alphabet — this time into the company's AdSense advertising business — according to the bloc's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager.

Published in Technology Regulation

Google's chief economist Dr Hal Varian is of the opinion that his employer should not pay "excessive" tax on its Australian revenue because this money is derived due to its "intellectual capital" which mostly resides in California.

Published in Open Sauce
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:37

EU drops Ireland case after Apple pays back-taxes

The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has said it will drop a case against Ireland, filed in the wake of its imposition of a back-taxes bill of €13.1 billion (US$17.6 billion) on Apple two years ago, after the Cupertino-based company paid its dues.

Published in Technology Regulation
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 08:04

EU sets 19 Oct for approving Microsoft's GitHub deal

The European Union's anti-trust regulators have set 19 October as the date on which they will approve Microsoft's acquisition of the source code repository GitHub for US$7.5 billion (A$9.79 billion) in Microsoft stock.

Published in Deals

The European Parliament has voted to pass its copyright rules, with 438 members voting for and 226 against, while 39 members abstained.

Published in Technology Regulation

A Republican senator in the US has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google over what could be anti-competitive acts in its "search and digital advertising practices".

Published in Technology Regulation
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