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European Commission Support of FRAND Licenses Hurts Open Standards

January 1st, 2013 01:28 admin View Comments

EU

jrepin writes “While the UK has seen the light, the EU has actually gone backwards on open standards in recent times. The original European Interoperability Framework required royalty-free licensing, but what was doubtless a pretty intense wave of lobbying in Brussels overturned that, and EIF v2 ended up pushing FRAND, which effectively locks out open source — the whole point of the exercise. Shamefully, some parts of the European Commission are still attacking open source.”

Source: European Commission Support of FRAND Licenses Hurts Open Standards

EU Charges Samsung With Abusing Vital Telecoms Patent

December 21st, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments

EU

Dupple sends this news from Reuters: “The European Commission charged Samsung Electronics on Friday with abusing its dominant position in seeking to bar rival Apple from using a patent deemed essential to mobile phone use. The Commission sent a ‘statement of objections’ to the South Korean group, with its preliminary view that Samsung was not acting fairly. ‘Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market. However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards, which bring huge benefits to businesses and consumers alike,’ Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in statement.”

Source: EU Charges Samsung With Abusing Vital Telecoms Patent

EU Resists US Lobbying As Privacy War Looms

December 6th, 2012 12:11 admin View Comments

EU

judgecorp writes “The European Commission is resisting pressure from US firms and public bodies designed to derail its privacy proposals, which include the ‘right to be forgotten’ that would allow users to demand their data be removed from Internet sites. Facebook and others oppose the right to be forgotten as it would interfere with their ability to market stuff at friends and connections of their users.”

Source: EU Resists US Lobbying As Privacy War Looms

EU Issues Largest Antitrust Fine to Date for CRT TV Price Fixing

December 5th, 2012 12:54 admin View Comments

Displays

hankwang writes “The European commission fined a number manufacturers for pricing fixing of cathode ray tubes in the period between 1996 and 2005. The total fine was EUR 1.47 billion (USD 1.92 billion), for Philips, LG Electronics, Samsung SDI, and three other firms. According to the European Commission: ‘For almost 10 years, the cartelists carried out the most harmful anti-competitive practices including price fixing, market sharing, customer allocation, capacity and output coordination and exchanges of commercial sensitive information. The cartelists also monitored the implementation, including auditing compliance with the capacity restrictions by plant visits in the case of the computer monitor tubes cartel.’”

Source: EU Issues Largest Antitrust Fine to Date for CRT TV Price Fixing

Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants

November 20th, 2012 11:44 admin View Comments

Government

concealment writes “A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans’ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. [Sen. Patrick] Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.”

Source: Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants

FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls

October 19th, 2012 10:01 admin View Comments

Government

coondoggie writes “It’s not clear if the Federal Trade Commission is throwing up its hands at the problem or just wants some new ideas about how to combat it, but the agency is now offering $50,000 to anyone who can create what it calls an innovative way to block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.”

Source: FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls

Tesla Motors Getting $10 Million From California For Model X Production

October 13th, 2012 10:36 admin View Comments

Transportation

The California Energy Commission has awarded a $10 million grant to Tesla Motors for the company to buy equipment necessary for the production of its Model X electric SUV. Tesla will have to match the funds with $50 million of its own money. From the article: “It was something of a love fest for Tesla at the energy commission meeting in Sacramento as commissioners and other regulators praised Tesla as an innovator that has brought automotive manufacturing back to California while creating clean cars and more than 1,500 jobs. ‘Tesla has the unique distinction of being the only automaker to actually ask us to increase our targets under zero emission rules,’ said Ryan McCarthy, the science and technology policy advisor to the chair of the California Air Resources Board. … ‘Tesla’s Gen 3 vehicle could ultimately be a game changer for electric vehicles and air quality and public health in California,’ added McCarthy, referring to Tesla’s plans to build an electric car in the $30,000 range. Its latest car, the Model S sedan, sells between $50,000 and $100,000 and the Model X, which is based on the Model S platform, is expected to sell in that price range.”

Source: Tesla Motors Getting $10 Million From California For Model X Production

EU Set To Charge Microsoft Over Ruling Breach

September 28th, 2012 09:07 admin View Comments

Microsoft

First time accepted submitter quippe writes in with some bad news for Microsoft. “Microsoft Corp will be charged for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling ordering it to offer a choice of web browsers, the European Union’s antitrust chief said on Thursday, which could mean a hefty fine for the company U.S.-based Microsoft’s more than decade-long battle with the European Commission has already landed it with fines totaling more than a billion euros ($1.28 billion). The Commission, which opened an investigation into the issue in July, is now preparing formal charges against the company, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.”

Source: EU Set To Charge Microsoft Over Ruling Breach

NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps

September 8th, 2012 09:01 admin View Comments

Transportation

An anonymous reader writes “Uber is a company that creates apps to connect taxi and limo drivers with potential passengers. They’ve been rapidly expanding their service to cities across the country, but they’re now getting pushback from New York City. This week the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission issued a public notice saying, ‘A driver must not use any electronic communication device (PDF), including a cell phone or smartphone running a hail or payment app while operating a taxicab.’ The commission says its current contractual obligations forbid the use of such technology.”

Source: NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps

Google Fined $22.5M Over Safari Privacy Violation

August 9th, 2012 08:40 admin View Comments

Google

wiredmikey writes “The US Federal Trade Commission fined Google $22.5 million for violating the privacy of people who used rival Apple’s Safari web browser even after pledging not to do so. The FTC said Google had agreed with the commission in October 2011 not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Safari users, but then went ahead and did so. ‘For several months in 2011 and 2012, Google placed a certain advertising tracking cookie on the computers of Safari users who visited sites within Google’s DoubleClick advertising network,’ the FTC said in a statement. ‘Google had previously told these users they would automatically be opted out of such tracking.’ While Google agreed to the fine, it did NOT admit it had violated the earlier agreement.”

Source: Google Fined $22.5M Over Safari Privacy Violation