European Stories November 12, 2014

Google supports legislation to extend U.S. Privacy Act to European citizens

Google has been a high-profile advocate for stronger privacy laws following NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about government surveillance activities last year. Continuing that trend, Google chief legal officer David Drummond has published a post on the Google Europe Blog this morning that calls for the U.S. Privacy Act to be extended to European citizens.

European Stories August 6, 2014


In the company’s first transparency report, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, has revealed some information regarding the site’s censorship under infamous European “right to be forgotten” laws — and it’s clear that he’s not very happy with the people who take advantage of them. This isn’t the first time Wales has spoken out against censorship, but now he’s making it very clear that he feels governments are going just a bit too far.

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European Stories August 16, 2011

WSJ is reporting that a German court is now partially lifting the injunction of the Galaxy Tab 1o.1 placed over most of the European content last week. Apple’s lawyers say the Tab matches too closely to the iPad.

Since it is in dispute whether a German court has authority to prevent a company based in South Korea from selling goods beyond Germany with a preliminary injunction, the court decided to lift the order for countries outside Germany for the time being, a spokesman for the regional court in Düsseldorf, Germany, said Tuesday.

Does the German court’s decision come after seeing yesterday’s misleading evidence provided by Apple?

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European Stories August 15, 2011

In their case against Samsung in many European countries, Apple may have provided wrong evidence to the judge. As found by a Dutch IDG publication called, Apple has provided photoshopped images of a Galaxy Tab side-by-side an Apple iPad 2.

The image above was found on Page 28 of the German legal documents, showing the Galaxy Tab and iPad 2, and Apple saying that the “overall appearance” of two products is “practically identical.” But what’s funny is that’s not really what the Galaxy Tab looks like..

The image that Apple’s lawyers provided is cropped and the aspect ratio is distorted. Samsung’s official measurement for the aspect ratio is 1.46, but in the image above it is 1.36. This leaves the bottom actually 8% wider than it really is. This photoshop maneuver made the Galaxy Tab appear more like the iPad, Apple’s actual argument, than it really is. The iPad’s aspect ratio is 1.30. Now, it’s up in the air if Apple’s lawyers did this on purpose or not. (via Computerworld)

Check out an image with measurements after the break:

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