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Airports in the EU Devolve Into Chaos Over Trump’s Inaccurate Covid-19 Address

Travellers at European airports faced chaos, surging prices, and uncertainty as they scrambled to react to Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that severe restrictions would be imposed on travel from the continent to the U.S. – made significantly worse by a series of bullshit claims made by the president during his address. Read More >>

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Ryanair Would Rather Hire People With EU Passports

Ryanair is trying to convince people to work for it, although there's one massive metaphorical security barrier in place that makes it awkward for young Brits to imagine a new career among the clouds -- the requirement that applicants have full access rights to live and work in the EU. Read More >>

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Twitter: We Did Not Mean to Delete the Dead

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it would soon be launching a purge of inactive users to free up choice usernames for others, potentially allowing users to claim sweet handles like @badguy, @vomit, @logoff, or @gillbates. Just one problem: Twitter forgot that some of those accounts may belong to people who are dead. 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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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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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 >>

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Amazon is Given the Okay by European Courts to Not Provide a Customer Support Phoneline

Customer service phone lines are the worst, generally speaking, but offer the last bastion of actually getting anywhere when automated options are doing your head in, by putting you through to a human being who's at least marginally more helpful. Read More >>

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The EU is Set to Create One of Earth’s Biggest Biometric Databases

The European Parliament has voted by a significant margin to streamline its systems for managing everything from travel to border security by amassing an enormous information database that will include biometric data and facial images – an issue that has raised significant alarm among privacy advocates. 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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The EU Just Finalised Copyright Legislation That Rewrites the Rules of the Web

For two years, the European Union has been mulling over a serious overhaul of its copyright laws. But last year, it became increasingly clear that key provisions in the looming copyright directive pose a serious threat to the free exchange of information online, the culture of fair use, and the ability of startups to compete. On Thursday, lawmakers finalised the text of the legislation, and unfortunately, there’s almost no good news. 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 >>

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Google Only Has to Respect Your ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ in the EU, Court Says

Google is not responsible for protecting people’s “right to be forgotten” in any countries outside of the European Union, according to a preliminary opinion from the European court of justice. Read More >>

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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 >>

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The End of All That’s Good and Pure About the Internet

We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. Today, the EU’s Legislative Committee are voting on sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped. And it looks like the boneheaded proposal has a good chance of passing. Read More >>