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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 >>

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Ominous ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Case With Global Consequences Heads to Europe’s Highest Court

Following the laws of individual nations becomes a hell of a conundrum when your business fundamentally has no borders. But recent court cases are threatening to make the situation even more difficult by demanding that a country’s laws be honored by companies like Google all around the world. On Wednesday, an ongoing case with terrifying implications was kicked up to the European Union’s highest court. Read More >>

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Germany Is Investigating Whether Facebook’s Terms of Service Qualify As Extortion

One of the downsides of being a worldwide tech juggernaut with two billion monthly users is that day-to-day business means playing legal whack-a-mole at all times. For Facebook, one legal problem has ended and another has just begun. Read More >>

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Quick, Buy A Sonos Before The Brexit Price Rise Kicks In

Yet another tech company is jacking up its prices because of Brexit: fancypants connected speaker company Sonos. Read More >>

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Why Is the United States Considered a Country But the European Union Isn’t?

The European Union isn’t a country. But you can jump between most countries in the EU without having to go through immigration, work between the countries in the EU without a visa, and use the same currency anywhere within the EU that isn't the UK. The countries that make up the EU are like the states that make up the US. And yet, the European Union isn’t considered a country while the United States definitely is. What’s up with that? Read More >>

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Twitter and Facebook Randomly Crack Down on Terrorist Videos After EU Warning

Yesterday, Twitter announced it would come together with Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube to stop terrorist content online by creating a shared database of “‘hashes’ — unique digital ‘fingerprints’ — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services.” This announcement comes on the heels of a warning the EU issued those four companies—fix your hate speech problem or we’ll make you do it. Read More >>

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EU to Facebook and Twitter: Crack Down on Hate Speech, Or Else

On Sunday, the European Commission warned Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Microsoft that if the companies do not address their hate speech problems, the EU will enact legislation that will force them to do so. Read More >>

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British Scientists Share Their Brexit Concerns

Today's referendum decision is triggering some serious alarm bells among the country’s researchers. Here’s why they have a right to be worried. Read More >>