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The Right to Repair Busted Appliances is Getting a Big Boost in Europe

From 2021 onward, manufacturers in Europe will have to make household appliances longer-lasting and easier to repair thanks to new standards in the European Union. Read More >>

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Facebook Must Delete Content Globally If It’s Considered Defamatory in Europe, Top EU Court Rules

The top court in the European Union has ruled Facebook must delete content globally, not just in Europe, if a European court decides that the content is defamatory. The case was brought by an Austrian politician who said that a Facebook user had defamed and insulted her by writing she was a “corrupt oaf,” among other things. Read More >>

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Right to Repair Rules are Coming to the EU for a Range of Home Appliances

From 2021, manufacturers of lighting, dishwashers, washing machines, and fridges are going to have to cut the crap and make products that don't break just out of warranty and can be easily repaired. Read More >>

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Google Wins EU Case Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Laws

Google has won a legal case in the European Union over the so-called “right to be forgotten,” a concept that allows people in Europe to request the removal of old news from the internet which might be harmful to their reputations or otherwise just be embarrassing. The European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, has ruled this morning that while Google must delist links in Europe, it doesn’t have to do the same globally. Read More >>

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Apple Says It Would Rather Not Pay £11.5 Billion in Back Taxes to the EU

The European Union has ordered Apple to pay roughly £11.5 billion (€13 billion) to cover back taxes the EU says is owed to Ireland. But Apple is putting up a fight and said the tax bill “defies reality and common sense” in a new statement to a European court this morning. Read More >>

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Turtle Doves Are Facing Extinction in the UK and the EU Is Taking Legal Action to Stop It

To preserve the integrity of Christmas Carollers everywhere, the EU is taking measures to preserve the waning turtle dove population, because you can't sing about gifting it to your true love when there's none of the bloody things left. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon Facing Antitrust Probe in the EU Over Its Use of Marketplace Merchant Data

The European Union is planning an antitrust investigation into e-commerce giant Amazon over its treatment of third-party merchants that rely on the company’s marketplace to sell goods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

politics
2019’s Next Protest Blimp is Inevitably Boris Johnson

The one-man political Hindenberg that is Boris Johnson is the target of come-lately satirists who've stolen someone else's idea, with a funding plea underway to raise enough money to build a blimp of the already grossly over-inflated and fit-to-burst potential next prime minister. Read More >>

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Electric Vehicles Aren’t Noisy Enough Says EU

Electric cars are quiet. Too quiet. And so the EU is enforcing a new regulation that will see all new electric vehicles fitted with a noisemaker that sounds like a traditional car engine. Read More >>

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Facebook Invites Journalists to See New ‘War Room,’ Won’t Let Them Ask Workers Questions

Facebook, the social media giant that helped enable genocide and yet is still allowed to exist for some reason, had a big public relations push this weekend. And if the news stories that came out are giving you a sense of deja vu, you’re not alone. Read More >>

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The EU Wants Veggie Sausages to be Called ‘Tubes’

In a move that almost justifies Brexit, the EU parliament's agriculture committee has ruled that vegetarian and vegan foods shouldn't be allowed to use the same words as meat. Read More >>

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Cars Sign Own Death Warrant With Plan For Automatic Speed Limiters

EU lawmakers have agreed on a plan to force the introduction of intelligent speed assistance systems in all new cars sold from the year 2022. It's a smart braking system that automatically slows cars when they hit speed limited areas, adding a new layer of boredom to journeys. Read More >>

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Report: European Parliament Screwed Up Their Chance to Amend Copyright Directive By Voting Wrong

The European Parliament approved a massive, sweeping overhaul of online copyright rules on Tuesday, leaving the extremely controversial Articles 11 and 13 untouched on as the EU Copyright Directive cruised through the legislative body. According to a report on TechDirt, they may have done so in part because several members of the European Parliament cast incorrect ballots on a key vote to allow amendments. Read More >>

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EU Fines Google £1.2bn for Aggressive Advertising Rules

The European Commission has hit Google with another fine for antitrust rule breaking, this time asking it to pay €1.49bn (£1.2bn) for using anti-competitive guidelines in its online advertising businesses. Read More >>

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Can You Really Eat Mouldy Food Like Theresa May Reportedly Does?

Have you ever come across some particularly tasty food in the fridge, only to be bummed out that it’s all mouldy? Well, if you’re the Prime Minister it doesn’t faze you in the slightest. Read More >>