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Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch

Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented …

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Microsoft’s $7.5BN GitHub buy gets green-lit by EU regulators – TechCrunch

Microsoft’s $7.5BN GitHub buy gets green-lit by EU regulators – TechCrunch Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Git-based code sharing and collaboration service, GitHub, has been given an unconditional greenlight from European Union regulators. The software giant announced its intention to bag GitHub back in June, saying it would shell out $7.5 …

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Call for social media adtech to be probed by UK competition watchdog – TechCrunch

Call for social media adtech to be probed by UK competition watchdog – TechCrunch A British Conservative politician, who has called repeatedly for Mark Zuckerberg to come to parliament to answer questions about how Facebook fences fake news — only to be repeatedly rebuffed — has made a public call …

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Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch

Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch After holding a series of hearings in the wake of the Facebook -Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal this summer, and attending a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg himself in May, the European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee …

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Google files appeal against Europe’s $5BN antitrust fine for Android – TechCrunch

Google files appeal against Europe’s $5BN antitrust fine for Android – TechCrunch Google has lodged its legal appeal against the European Commission’s €4.34 billion (~$5BN) antitrust ruling against its Android mobile OS, according to Reuters — the first step in a process that could keep its lawyers busy for years to come. …

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WhatsApp founder, Brian Acton, says Facebook used him to get its acquisition past EU regulators – TechCrunch

WhatsApp founder, Brian Acton, says Facebook used him to get its acquisition past EU regulators – TechCrunch WhatsApp founder, Brian Acton, who left Facebook a year ago — before going on to publicly bite the hand that fed him, by voicing support for the #DeleteFacebook movement (and donating $50M to alternative encrypted messaging …

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Facebook and Airbnb told to change their ToS to fix EU consumer rights issues by year’s end – TechCrunch

Facebook and Airbnb told to change their ToS to fix EU consumer rights issues by year’s end – TechCrunch Facebook and Airbnb have been singled out for censure by the European Commission’s head of consumer affairs who has warned the companies she’s running out of patience and said they need …

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European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms – TechCrunch

European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms – TechCrunch The European Parliament has just voted to back controversial proposals to reform online copyright — including supporting an extension to cover snippets of publishers content (Article 11), and to make platforms that hold significant amounts of content liable for …

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‘Crypto Assets Are Here to Stay,’ Says EU Commission Vice President

‘Crypto Assets Are Here to Stay,’ Says EU Commission Vice President The European Commission, the executive body that proposes legislation for the EU, will this year conclude a regulatory assessment for the governance of crypto assets, because they are “here to stay,” a high-level has official said. Speaking at a …

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