brexit
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 >>

interesting
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 >>

internet
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 >>

internet
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 >>

politics
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 >>

robots
Robots in Europe Could Become ‘Electronic Persons’ 

Machines are taking over the world, and some members of the European Parliament aren’t very happy about it. Robots in the EU soon be classed as “electronic persons” if the Parliament adopts a new set of rules on robotics. Read More >>

design
The Number of Stars on the EU Flag Means Absolutely Nothing

The European Union referendum vote is just days away. Now, if the UK does leave the EU, what happens to the stars on the EU flag? Is one taken away? Nope, because the number of stars means nothing really at all. Read More >>

google
Google vs. the EU: A Fight for the Right to Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world” because, well, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. Read More >>

cars
Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. Read More >>

apple
Thanks to the EU You Now Get a Two-Year Warranty With Your Apple Products

Apple’s finally relented after getting fined by the Italians for not obeying the EU’s minimum two-year warranty legislation – every product you buy from Apple, online or in-store, now has a free two-year warranty whether Cupertino likes it or not. Read More >>

piracy
The Netherlands Looks to Take the Lead in Rational Copyright Legislation

Copyright laws are designed to protect the "fair use" of copyrighted content such as mash-ups and remixes — or they were, at least, until the advent of the dreaded DMCA Takedown Notice. The Dutch government has taken notes on the IP failures of the US and is reportedly looking to explicitly protect such DMCA fodder, much to the chagrin of the European Union. Read More >>

samsung
The EU Is Investigating Samsung Over Unfair Patent Lawsuits

When Samsung went on a patent lawsuit spree last year in the European courts, they may have reneged on an agreement they gave the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to license any "essential patents" to competitors "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" terms. So now the EU is investigating Samsung on suspicion that they distorted competition in the mobile market. Fun! Read More >>