google
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 >>

food
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 >>

brexit
This Website Shows What The EU’s Done For You

Need a new weapon in your fierce online arguments with people who feel differently about Brexit to you? Read More >>

brexit
Kiss Goodbye To Your .EU Domains After Brexit

One of the weirder casualties of our exit from the European Union turns out to be the .EU top-level domain (TLD). Read More >>

cybersecurity
EU Diplomatic Comms Network, Which the NSA Reportedly Warned Could Be Easily Hacked, Was Hacked

The European Union’s network used for diplomatic communications, COREU, was infiltrated “for years” by hackers, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with the unknown rogues behind the attack reportedly reposting the stolen communiqués to an “open internet site.” Read More >>

flags
Anti-Brexiters Quietly Politicise the Proms With EU Hats

A really, really polite political battle unfolded on the BBC over the weekend, as the flag-waving enthusiasm at the last night of the proms turned into a war of patriotism between those with union flags and rivals holding EU banners. Read More >>

apple
EU Officially OKs Apple’s Shazam Acquisition

After Apple announced plans to acquire Shazam at the end of 2017, the deal was put on hold when the EU launched an antitrust investigation to determine if it would decrease competition between streaming music providers. Read More >>

tv
EU to Demand Netflix and Amazon Create More Local Content

EU laws about regional content generation for the borderless digital media giants are likely to be introduced at the end of the year, with the current plan being to force the US-based streaming giants of the world to ensure that at least 30 per cent of their content could conceivably be described as being "local" to the audience. This is presumably amazing news for the holders of the BBC archive, which could flog off thousands of hours of crappy sitcoms to help Netflix and Amazon meet their quotas. Read More >>

energy
The EU is Banning the Sale of Halogen Lightbulbs from 1st Sepember

These days you can go down to just about any shop and buy an LED lightbulb for a reasonably low price. It may not be the exact bulbs you need for whatever weird sockets your landlord insists are best, but they're there. They're also a lot more efficient than older Halogen bulbs, which is why the EU has decided we all should have LEDs from now on. So its decreed a ban on halogen bulb sales, coming in on 1st September. Read More >>

politics
EU Draft Law Would Fine Companies for Failing to Adequately Deal With Extremist Content

The EU is always getting into fights with social media companies, especially where the topic of extremist content comes up. Social Media insists that it's putting loads of effort into removing that sort of thing quickly and efficiently, but the EU (along with our own government) doesn't think that's good enough. So now there's a new draft law on the cards that would fine them for not removing flagged content quickly enough. Read More >>

phones
EU Regulators are Going After Phone Companies With Non-Standard Chargers Again

In 2009 EU rules changed to reduce electronic waste, and had phone companies sign on to agree to adopt a new standard. Basically they couldn't use a different charger for every phone they produced, and had to use microUSB. Now the EU is coming back to this, and seems to have non-adopters in its sights. Which basically means Apple. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon Warehouse Strike in Spain Reportedly Results in Police Clashes, Arrests

The second day of a three-day strike by Amazon warehouse workers near Madrid coinciding with the e-commerce giant’s Prime Day promotion escalated significantly on Tuesday, with trade unions telling Spanish newspaper Público that police in riot gear had charged the strikers multiple times on supposed grounds they were blocking traffic. Police arrested at least two participants in the protest, with one worker allegedly hit in the face with a truncheon and losing teeth as a result. Read More >>

airbnb
Airbnb Told to Stop Smashing on Mystery Costs at the End

Room booking app operator Airbnb has been handed a big of list of things it needs to do better, with EU consumer commissioners warning it to stop hiding additional fees until the very end of the booking process, as that's a bit of a shady thing to do and has ruined many a dream of a cheap night somewhere bearable. Read More >>

european union
Citizens of the EU Are Being Given the Chance to Vote Down Daylight Saving Time

The European Commission is giving citizens of the European Union the opportunity to cast their vote in a public poll that could lead to the elimination of the sleep-depraving practice of changing clocks twice a year for the sake of daylight saving time. Read More >>

internet
Wikipedia Italy Blocks All Articles in Protest of EU’s Ruinous Copyright Proposals

Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Union’s copyright laws that critics say will impede the spread of news, kill memes, bolster tech giants, and stifle innovation. Ahead of the final vote this week, Wikipedia Italy has joined protests across the continent by blocking users from viewing its pages. Read More >>