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Google Fined in European Privacy Probe

Spain on Thursday became the first of six European governments investigating Google’s compliance with privacy laws to fine the Internet giant.

HP’s Whitman Emphasizes Enterprises, but Says PCs Aren’t Dead Yet Either

A more aggressive stance on price.
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iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Headed to 50 New Markets by November 1

Apple’s newest iPhones will arrive at market in more than 50 countries by Nov. 1. On Oct. 25, the flagship iPhone 5s and its sibling, the iPhone 5c, will go on sale in 35 new markets, including Austria, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. A week later, on Nov. 1, the devices will begin shipping in an additional 35 countries. Among them: India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. You’ll find a full list of the markets Apple has targeted for the next wave of iPhone releases here.

A Look at Mobile Markets in Russia and Latin America

Mixing developed and developing markets.
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Twitter Expands European Business

Twitter is signaling its intentions to ramp up its European business by posting 17 new job openings for its new office in Dublin, Ireland. Most of the positions are sales-related, and include jobs that cover Spain and the Netherlands, two new territories for the company’s ad products. Twitter has around 900 employees worldwide.

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HomeAway Buys Spanish Vacation Rentals Site Top Rural

HomeAway has acquired Top Rural S.L., which offers vacation rentals in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, except that it was an all-cash transaction. HomeAway will provide more details during its first-quarter earnings report on April 24. UPDATE: In a filing, the company said it paid 14 million euros, or roughly $18.7 million in cash.

NT-K to Apple: Hello. My Name is Nuevas Tecnologias. You Killed My Tablet. Prepare to Die.

Spanish tablet maker NT-K turns the tables on Apple.
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Spooking Flipboard: Yahoo’s Livestand — Followed by Google’s Propeller — Set to Launch Next Week

Memo to Flipboard, Pulse, CNN’s Zite and AOL’s Editions: You might want to make some room in the crowded news and social reader space — you’re about to get some bigfoot company.
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Netflix Heads to U.K. to Take on Amazon

Netflix says it will bring its streaming video service — but not its DVDs — to the United Kingdom and Ireland in “early 2012.” The announcement confirms earlier reports and speculation that the company would target the U.K. after a Latin American expansion in 2011; other reports have the company moving into Spain as well. Unlike other Netflix expansion moves, in the U.K. the company will run up against its first entrenched digital competitor: Amazon’s LoveFilm, most often known as “the Netflix of Europe.” Netflix reports Q3 earnings this afternoon.

Two Months, Two Million iPads