Apple takes revenge on EU's USB-C requirements
Published in Mobiles

We will limit what it can do

Fruity-cargo cult Apple is so angry that the EU forced it to dump its lightning port in favour of USB-C that it is introducing a limited version of the spec in its iPhone 15.

EU tells Microsoft why it is worried about Activision Blizzard deal
Published in Gaming

Vole says it is prepared to make concessions

The European Union has sent Microsoft a list of its concerns about the ongoing purchase of Activision Blizzard for $69 billion.

France's privacy watchdog fines Microsoft €60 million for privacy violations
Published in News

Take your nasty 'amburger eating cookies out of our sight

France's privacy watchdog has decided not to surrender to the software king of the world Microsoft and fined the outfit €60 million for dropping advertising cookies in users' computers without their explicit consent in violation of data protection laws in the European Union.

EU forces smartphone makers to use user-replacable batteries
Published in News

Will give manufacturers three and a half years to stop messing us all about 

The EU has reached a provisional agreement that will require that portable devices have user-replaceable batteries.

EU and US close to an agreement on data privacy
Published in Cloud
Wednesday, 14 December 2022 10:56

EU and US close to an agreement on data privacy

Draft document being looked at 

The EU and US are closer to getting a workable data protection privacy framework which enables European companies to use US clouds without being spied on by US spooks.

Kids think “risky and criminal behaviour” is normal
Published in News

EU report has a problem with what it thinks is risky and criminal

An EU report has been tutting that the “kids of today” have become immune to the fact that trolling and online piracy is considered normal – unlike the early generation of internet users who were apparently paragons of virtue.

EU anti-trust watchdog snuffles around Microsoft teams
Published in News

Unhappy about its connections with Office 365 

While you might think that there is a lot of competition for online communication tools, it seems that the EU regulators are really worried about Microsoft teams.

EU watchdogs accused of Sony bias
Published in News
Monday, 14 November 2022 11:10

EU watchdogs accused of Sony bias

Fans of Microsoft, Activision, and Call of Duty agree that commission is clueless 

A united front of fans of Microsoft, Activision, and Call of Duty have taken to Twitter to complain that the  EU commission is biased in favour of Sony over its investigation into the Volish buy-out of Activision.

EU to investigate Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal
Published in Gaming

Moving to phase II of monopoly investigation

The European Commission has announced that, following its initial investigation into Microsoft's proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, it will now be opening a more "in-depth" Phase 2 probe to determine the deal's likely impact on competition.

Google squares up with EU over advert monitoring
Published in News

Another fine, but leopard remains spotty 

Google could face EU antitrust charges next year over its digital advertising business, putting the company at risk of its fourth fine in the EU of more than a billion euros.