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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 >>

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A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban

The first paper straw factory in the “last several decades” in Britain is planning to launch in Wales as fast-food chains prepare for a planned ban on single-use plastic products throughout the UK, the Guardian reported, with some chains already preparing their own plans to phase out plastic in favour of paper. Read More >>

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Experts Sign Open Letter Slamming Europe’s Proposal to Recognise Robots as Legal Persons

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament’s proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who’s liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics say it’s too early to consider robots as persons—and that the law will let manufacturers off the liability hook. Read More >>

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European Union Competition Watchdog Renews Threats to Break Up Google Into Smaller Companies

Facebook may have had a very bad week stateside and in the UK over its Cambridge Analytica data scandal, but European Union officials are maintaining that fellow tech giant Google may ultimately need to be broken up, lest it swallow the internet whole. Read More >>

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Google Says It Has Received 2.4 Million Takedown Requests Under EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Laws

Google has now been complying with the European Union’s controversial “right to be forgotten” laws, which the European Court of Justice first ruled applied to search engines in 2014, for three years. On Monday, the search giant released an updated version of its annual Transparency Report, which discloses how many and what kind of requests Google has received to delist pages from results and in how many instances the company complied. Read More >>

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Apple Begrudgingly Agrees to Pay Ireland Nearly £11 Billion in Back Taxes

Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook likes to talk a big game about how the tech industry should be more socially responsible while overseeing an international tax-avoidance regime that puts Scrooge McDuck’s gold-filled vault/swimming pool to shame, has agreed to repay Ireland over €12 billion (around £10.8 million) in unpaid taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>