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Google’s Hopes of EU Settlement Suffer Blow

Google Inc.’s hopes of settling its high-profile antitrust case in the European Union suffered a setback Thursday as rivals and consumer groups publicly blasted its latest proposal for resolving the EU’s competition concerns.

Cisco Loses Microsoft-Skype Challenge in EU

Microsoft’s $8.5 billion takeover of Skype is not anticompetitive, says the EU.
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Google Amends Proposal to Settle EU Antitrust Investigation

Google Inc. offered new proposals to address European Union concerns that the company unfairly uses its search engine to promote its own services.

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Google Nears EU Settlement

Google Inc. appeared to have made a significant step toward settling a long-running competition case with the European Union over its signature search engine after the EU’s competition chief said new Google concessions had moved it much closer to addressing key antitrust concerns.

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Frances Pushes EU to Tax U.S. Internet Companies

France plans to push for new Europe-wide regulations and tax rules on U.S. Internet giants when European Union leaders meet next month to discuss the bloc’s digital challenges.

EU Wants More Concessions From Samsung in Patent-Abuse Case

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EU Commissioner: We Don’t Want U.S. Reading Our Mail and Listening to Our Phone Calls

The NSA spying scandal could help pave the way for even stronger privacy laws in Europe, where regulations are already stronger than in the U.S.
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EU Launches Probe Into Telecom Companies

The European Commission’s antitrust authority Thursday said it has opened an investigation into Internet service providers over concerns that they may have abused their dominant market position.

European Watchdogs Order Google to Rewrite Privacy Policy

A commission in the United Kingdom has asked Google to make changes to its privacy policies, which the agency finds too confusing for consumers.
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Google Gets Boost in EU Privacy Case

A top lawyer for the European Union’s highest court said on Tuesday that government agencies can’t force Google Inc. to remove links to personal material, a landmark decision in a long battle over EU privacy laws.