Search Results for: European Union

September 14

EU upholds antitrust ruling against Google’s actions on Android, drops fine to €4.1 billion

In 2018, the European Union ruled that Google’s app bundling with Android, essentially forcing its partners to include a long list of Google apps with their phones, was illegal. Google appealed that ruling, but the EU has just announced that it will uphold the decision, despite lowering the fine.

September 5

Fitbit Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications expand to over 20 new countries in Europe and beyond

Fitbit first launched Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications in the United States earlier this year, with signs of AFib and more automatically being sent to users. Now, Fitbit has expanded Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications globally, with over 20 countries across Europe and more now supported.

August 12

Oppo ‘Find N Fold’ and ‘Find N Flip’ tipped to take on Samsung with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Oppo is no stranger to the foldable phone. In fact, last year saw the Find N announced and sold in China. This year, Oppo seems to be expanding its territory and preparing to launch a brand new set of foldables under the name “Find N Fold.”

March 17

Android users in Australia will need to use ID to prove their age to YouTube and Google Play

Google has announced that it will be adding a new step to verify a user’s age on some core Android products in Australia, with YouTube and Google Play requiring as much as a valid ID to confirm your age soon.

January 19, 2017

Research for WSJ raises concern over just how much Google advertises its products on its own ad platform

Following the launch of the Pixel, Google embarked on a massive marketing campaign to promote its first wholly-made device. Encompassing print, TV, and online ads, the latter form of marketing is now under scrutiny. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, ads for Google-made products overwhelmingly took the top spots in Search during the holiday shopping […]

December 27, 2016

Qualcomm fined more than $850 million in South Korea over antitrust violations

Qualcomm, the company behind the Snapdragon processor found in most popular Android phones, is being fined more that $850 million in South Korea over alleged antitrust violations. According to Reuters, the company plans to fight the decision.

November 15, 2016

Google to open new headquarters in London with £1bn investment plan

The outcome of the UK referendum known as Brexit which saw the country opting for leaving the European Union earlier this summer surely created a bit of turbulence in the economic space, leaving more than a few companies in a state of uncertainty. In spite of this, however, the country’s capital city still seems to […]

October 1, 2016

Report: Google again under investigation by the EU for antitrust violations in Android

Alphabet and the European Union have been in court for some time now over several alleged antitrust violations. These have been over claims that Google has favored its products in search results, forcing Android manufacturers to pre-install its applications, and even claims that the company makes it hard for advertisers to switch to other ad platforms. […]

June 28, 2016

EU set to file third set of antitrust charges against Google, this time over advertising

The European Union has already filed two sets of antitrust charges against Google, the first accusing it of manipulating search results to favor its own products, the second alleging that Google forces Android device manufacturers to install its own apps and set Google search as the default. Last summer, it was reported that the company […]

June 24, 2016

The Brexit story in Google searches: buying gold, getting Irish passports, wondering what happened

Google Trends tells the story of the result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Trending searches include a 500% spike in ‘buy gold,’ a doubling in searches on getting an Irish passport and some people apparently wondering what just happened …

June 19, 2015

European Commission to hit Google with fines ‘large enough to act as a deterrent’ in antitrust investigation

The long running antitrust case faced by Google in Europe appears to possibly have an end in sight at long last. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the European Commission was preparing to file antitrust charges against the company, some five years after the investigation started. Now, Bloomberg reports that Google has been told […]

April 23, 2015

What analysts expect from Google’s earnings call later today, and how to listen in

Re/code has a roundup of what analysts are expecting from Google this afternoon, when the company announces its Q1 earnings and provides at least a little guidance on the future. Consensus estimates are for net revenue of $14.12 billion, a 16 percent uptick year over year. Currency winds could drag down the numbers. Google isn’t expected to […]

April 3, 2015

Plaintiffs withdraw class-action lawsuit against Google over its Android & Search practices

Reuters reports that the plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google have finally withdrawn their case. The case, which was brought against Google nearly a year ago, accused the company of being anticompetitive with several of its Search and Android practices.

April 1, 2015

Report: EU preparing to file antitrust charges against Google

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the European Commission is preparing to file antitrust charges against Google. The charges come after a five-year long investigation that’s stalled three times and caused strong political divides in Europe. [protected-iframe id=”99fbe893c055defe975d4396e88efa97-22427743-13611283″ info=”” width=”700″ height=”400″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”]

March 3, 2015

Google’s Schmidt meets w/ EU competition chief as four-year antitrust investigation still unresolved

After unsuccessful attempts to settle a long running EU investigation into Google’s search and ad businesses, Reuters reports Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt met this week with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

The European Union’s antitrust chief has met Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as she seeks to resolve a four-year investigation into complaints that the Internet search giant abuses its dominance… European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager met Schmidt on Monday, her spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in an email.

There’s no word on what exactly the talks involved or if the two groups are any closer to reaching a settlement in the investigation.

The report adds that Vestager also met with those that have filed complaints in the investigation, including executives from Microsoft and other companies.

December 1, 2014

European Court of Justice publishes ‘Right to be forgotten’ guidelines – and they are vague

More than six months after handing down its controversial ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling, in which individuals in Europe have the right to have ‘inaccurate, outdated or irrelevant’ links deleted from search engine results, the European Court of Justice has finally published guidelines on how the ruling should be applied. While the guidelines acknowledge the […]

September 29, 2014

Yelp, TripAdvisor, others team up against Google in new “Focus on the User” campaign

Google has long been the subject of antitrust complains and investigations in Europe, but now, some of the company’s competitors are starting to take note of its actions and step forward with their own issues. Yelp, TripAdvisor, and several other companies on Monday teamed up to launch a new website, Focus on the User, on […]

September 26, 2014

European Union tells Google combining user data across services without opt-out is illegal

Google has come under fire from European Union officials on a number of fronts already. It’s been accused of unfair search results, been criticized for the way it has implemented the controversial ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling and asked to stop describing apps which offer in-app purchases as ‘free.’ Reuters now reports that the EU […]

September 12, 2014

60 percent of apps fail basic privacy tests, finds international cross-governmental study

A review of 1,211 apps carried out by a coalition of privacy officials across 19 countries found that 60 percent of them failed at least one basic privacy test, reports the WSJ. The officials found that 60% of apps raised privacy concerns, based on three criteria: They did not disclose how they used personal information; they […]

July 18, 2014

Google to stop calling games with in-app purchases free after pressure from EU

Following pressure from the European Commission, Google has announced that it is making changes to how it brands and advertises apps with in-app purchases on the Play Store. This comes after the EU accusing Apple of taking too long to change its in-app purchase policy. Google says that it will no longer use the word “free” when […]

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