Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities

Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities. “Researchers have compiled a new database of tweets from parliament members from 26 European countries and illustrated how this resource could help address challenges in the burgeoning field of Twitter research. Livia van Vliet of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues present the new database and findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on September 16, 2020.”

BNN Bloomberg: After $9 Billion in Fines, EU Says Something Nice About Google

BNN Bloomberg: After $9 Billion in Fines, EU Says Something Nice About Google. “After fining Google more than 8.2 billion euros ($9.7 billion) in three antitrust cases, a European Union official finally had something nice to say about the Internet giant. Olivier Guersent, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust arm, said Google’s efforts to provide more choice in shopping search results lead to ‘good, positive developments.’ Guersent’s comments Wednesday potentially ease the threat of new fines for the Alphabet Inc. unit.”

DuurZaam Nieuws: Database reveals worst polluters in Europe

DuurZaam Nieuws : Database reveals worst polluters in Europe. “The Industrial Plant Data Viewer allows users to access and compare data from over 3,000 large combustion plants across the EU, and check whether they are doing their job to prevent pollution. It was launched by the European Environmental Bureau to help fill the dramatic transparency gap in EU industrial emissions reporting.”

TechCrunch: Facebook seeks fresh legal delay to block order to suspend its transatlantic data transfers

TechCrunch: Facebook seeks fresh legal delay to block order to suspend its transatlantic data transfers . “Facebook is firing up its lawyers to try to block EU regulators from forcing it to suspend transatlantic data transfers in the wake of a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court this summer. The tech giant has applied to judges in Ireland to seek a judicial review of a preliminary suspension order, it has emerged.”

ZDNet: Privacy concerns prompt Irish regulators to ask Facebook to stop sending EU user data to the US

ZDNet: Privacy concerns prompt Irish regulators to ask Facebook to stop sending EU user data to the US. “Facebook says that Irish regulators believe current user data exchange methods between the US and EU ‘cannot in practice be used,’ leading to an inquiry into the data transfer practices employed by the company. “

Courthouse News Service: EU Adviser Rules for German Library in Fight Over Embedded Links

Courthouse News Service: EU Adviser Rules for German Library in Fight Over Embedded Links. “In siding with a major German cultural institution, a European magistrate held Thursday that websites that embed digital media as links are not violating European Union law. In issuing his advisory opinion, Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general for the European Court of Justice, said the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz – the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation – is not violating copyright laws by running a digital cultural library featuring thumbnails and links to works at participating institutions, such as museums. The foundation is government-funded.”

Reuters: Facebook, Google, Twitter urged by EU to do more against fake news

Reuters: Facebook, Google, Twitter urged by EU to do more against fake news. “Two years after agreeing to a self-regulatory code of practice to tackle disinformation, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Twitter and other tech rivals must try harder to be more effective, the European Commission said on Thursday.”

TechCrunch: TikTok joins Europe’s code on tackling hate speech

TechCrunch: TikTok joins Europe’s code on tackling hate speech. “TikTok, the popular short video sharing app, has joined the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech. In a statement on joining the code, TikTok’s head of trust and safety for EMEA, Cormac Keenan, said: ‘We have never allowed hate on TikTok, and we believe it’s important that internet platforms are held to account on an issue as crucial as this.'”

Reuters: Google urges EU to be flexible in setting digital rule book

Reuters: Google urges EU to be flexible in setting digital rule book. “Google urged the European Commission on Thursday to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to the tech industry in its forthcoming Digital Services Act. The EU executive is drawing up new rules for data-sharing and the digital marketplace as well as boosting competition after concluding that multiple antitrust actions against Google have been ineffectual. The Commission’s public consultation period ends on Sept. 8.”

Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal faces EU antitrust probe: sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal faces EU antitrust probe: sources. “Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit will face a full-scale EU antitrust investigation next week, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Alphabet Inc unit Google this month offered not to use Fitbit’s health data to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns. The opening of a full-scale investigation suggests that this is not sufficient.”

CNN: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe

CNN: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe. “Slack is ratcheting up its battle with Microsoft, filing an antitrust complaint in the European Union against its rival. The company claims Microsoft (MSFT) is engaging in ‘illegal and anti-competitive practice of abusing its market dominance to extinguish competition’ by tying in its own communications platform, called Teams, to its popular Microsoft Office suite. Slack (WORK) says in its complaint Microsoft force-installs Teams for millions of people and blocks its removal.”

ABC News: Elbows? Masks? Presents? Let this divisive EU summit begin!

ABC News: Elbows? Masks? Presents? Let this divisive EU summit begin!. “At the start of one of the most daunting and divisive summits in recent history, the atmosphere among the European Union leaders was downright giddy. Blame the coronavirus pandemic. With all kinds of masks, social distancing rules, and new ways of greetings, some of the leaders reveled in the novelty of it all as they met in person for the first time since February.”

TechHive: EU launches antitrust probe focusing on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

TechHive: EU launches antitrust probe focusing on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri . “Are voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant stifling competition when they only let you stream music from a single service, or when then send you to a specific shopping site by default? It’s a fair question, and one that European Union regulators are looking to answer as part of a ‘sweeping’ antitrust probe, Bloomberg reports.”

‘Love is essential’: Some EU countries relax rules for separated cross-border couples (The World)

The World: ‘Love is essential’: Some EU countries relax rules for separated cross-border couples. “Closed borders during the coronavirus pandemic have taken long-distance relationships to a whole new level. Now, some countries are providing sweet relief for cross-border couples.”