Reuters: Google to be fined a record €4.3 billion over Android OS

Reuters: Google to be fined a record €4.3 billion over Android OS. “The European Commission is set to fine Google a record €4.3 billion (R71.49 billion) today over its Android mobile operating system, a source close to the matter said.” 4.3 billion euros is a little more than 4.8 billion USD. And remember, Google parent company Alphabet has $117 billion in cash reserves .

AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions

AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions. “How much of the Swedish chemical industry’s energy use is from renewables and how much from fuel oil? What are the global trends in fossil fuels consumption over the last decades? The new on-line World Input-Output Database (WIOD) environmental accounts, launched today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), helps to answer these, and similar questions through data on the industrial and household energy use of residents in more than 40 countries and their corresponding CO2 emissions for the period 2000-2016.”

European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials: Search for over 300 nanomaterials on the EU market

European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials: Search for over 300 nanomaterials on the EU market. “It is now possible to search for over 300 nanomaterials found in the EU and link them to hazard data. The search uses REACH registrations, the cosmetic ingredients notification portal and the French and Belgian national inventories to make up the most comprehensive search for nanomaterials in the EU.”

ZDNet: Facebook transfer of data from EU to US shores argued in European high court

ZDNet: Facebook transfer of data from EU to US shores argued in European high court. “A long legal battle which centers around Facebook’s transfer of data belonging to European citizens to the United States has ended up in the European Court of Justice. The Luxembourg-based court, which is the highest in the bloc, is hearing arguments on Tuesday concerning Facebook’s data practices and whether or not they are placing EU citizens at risk of surveillance.”

Public Technology: National Archives launches online repository for Brexit law

Public Technology: National Archives launches online repository for Brexit law. “The National Archives has launched two new online services to enable the public to access all legislation related to the UK’s impending exit from the European Union. From today, the National Archives will operate an online database of all pieces of EU legislation relevant to the UK.”