CNBC: Google loses antitrust battle with EU as court upholds 2017 order to pay $2.8 billion fine. “The ruling comes after the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said in 2017 that Google had favored its own comparison shopping services and fined the company 2.42 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for breaching antitrust rules. Alphabet-unit Google contested the claims using the EU’s second-highest court.”
Reuters: EU tech rules should curb cloud computing providers, study says. “Draft EU rules to curb the power of Amazon AMZN.O, Apple AAPL.O, Alphabet GOOGL.O unit Google and Facebook FB.O should also tackle providers of cloud computing services for possible anti-competitive practices, a study said on Tuesday. The report comes amid concerns that some EU lawmakers who are reviewing the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager may be lenient towards cloud computing companies.”
PCMag AU: DuckDuckGo, Other Search Engines Ask EU to Loosen Google’s Stranglehold. “A group of search engine providers—DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Lilo, and Qwant—have asked the European Parliament to loosen Google’s stranglehold on the market via the Digital Markets Act.”
Reuters: Google tells court ‘staggering’ $5 bln EU antitrust fine flawed. “A 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) European Union antitrust fine was based on flawed calculations, Alphabet’s Google said on Thursday, urging Europe’s second-highest court to scrap or reduce what it said was not an appropriate penalty.
Reuters: Google, in Fight Against Record EU Fine, Slams Regulators for Ignoring Apple. “Alphabet unit Google on Monday criticised EU antitrust regulators for ignoring rival Apple as it launched a bid to get Europe’s second-highest court to annul a record 4.34-billion euro ($5.1 billion) fine related to its Android operating system.”
Reuters: EXCLUSIVE-Google offers to settle EU antitrust probe into adtech – source. “Alphabet GOOGL.O unit Google is seeking to settle an EU antitrust investigation into its digital advertising business, a person familiar with the matter said, a move that could help it stave off a disruptive, lengthy probe and a possible hefty fine.”
TechCrunch: Facebook warned over ‘very small’ indicator LED on smart glasses, as EU DPAs flag privacy concerns
TechCrunch: Facebook warned over ‘very small’ indicator LED on smart glasses, as EU DPAs flag privacy concerns . “Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) said Friday that it has asked the tech giant to demonstrate that an LED indicator light also mounted on the specs — which lights up when the user is taking a video — is an effective way of putting other people on notice that they are being recorded by the wearer. Italy’s privacy watchdog, the Garante, already raised concerns about Facebook’s smart glasses — but Ireland has an outsized role as a regulator for the tech giant owing to where the company’s regional base is located.”
Chemical & Engineering News: EU releases database of toxic chemicals in products. “The new database contains information provided by about 6,000 companies, which are required to notify [European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)] if they market products that contain ‘substances of very high concern’ at concentrations of more than 0.1% by weight. Lead compounds, found in products such as batteries, automotive parts, and crystalware, are the most common substances in the database.”
The Irish News: New online archive launched of 22,500 EU peace-funded projects. “The searchable `PEACE Programmes Learning Platform’ holds thousands of different research reports, evaluations, testimonies and case studies of over 22,500 peace and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland and the Republic’s border counties. Designed to support academics, researchers and those involved in peacebuilding, it is also publicly available.”
Reuters: Google’s voice assistant under new EU antitrust investigation -MLex. “Alphabet Inc’s Google is being investigated by EU antitrust regulators on whether it may be forcing device makers to use Google Assistant as the default voice assistant on Android devices, news agency MLex reported on Thursday.”
BBC: EU and AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine row. “The EU and UK-Swedish drug-maker AstraZeneca have settled a row over a shortfall in coronavirus vaccines that affected the European rollout earlier this year. AstraZeneca has agreed to deliver 200 million doses of its vaccine, which had been promised under a contract, to the EU by the end of March 2022.”
BBC: WhatsApp issued second-largest GDPR fine of €225m. “WhatsApp has been fined €225m (£193m) by Ireland’s data watchdog for breaching privacy regulations. It is the largest fine ever from the Irish Data Protection Commission, and the second-highest under EU GDPR rules. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has its EU headquarters is in Ireland, and the Irish regulator is the lead authority for the tech giant in Europe.” €225m is about $266.5 million USD.