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Utah Supreme Court ruling bars direct sales of Teslas through a subsidiary
Enlarge / A Tesla showroom in California where direct sales are legal.Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 38 Share this story In a decision on Monday, the Utah Supreme Court decided (PDF)...
Apple accuses EU of a litany of “breaches” in defense of Irish tax deal
EnlargeWilliam Murphy reader comments 28 Share this story Apple has attempted to school the European Commission on how it interprets Irish law, by lodging no less than 14 pleas in its challenge against...
Emergency clause lets European countries beat bee pesticide ban
Neonicotinoid pesticides may harm beesAndrew Winning/ReutersBy Aisling IrwinPesticides that have been banned in Europe for the past three years have still been deployed more than 60 times around the continent...
Oracle faces lawsuit over sales commissions
Lawyers for a former Oracle America saleswoman accused the Silicon Valley technology giant Tuesday of cheating employees out of millions of dollars by retroactively cutting their sales commission rates,...
FCC tries something new: Making proposals public before voting on them
reader comments 22 Share this story Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday announced a seemingly simple step to make the FCC's rulemaking process more open to the public: the FCC...
Amazon wants to skip to the end of EU’s e-book antitrust case
reader comments 7 Share this story Amazon has offered to tweak the terms of e-book contracts with publishers in the hope that it will be enough to prevent European Commission competition officials from,...
Facebook may net EU fine over WhatsApp merger
The European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, said it had issued a "statement of objections" and given Facebook until 31 January to respond.The Commission said it was concerned that Facebook...
Tom Wheeler to leave FCC on January 20 when Trump becomes president
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association conference in Boston, speaking to C-SPAN Senior Executive Producer Peter Slen.NCTA reader comments 56 Share this story Federal...
FCC’s Ajit Pai says net neutrality’s “days are numbered” under Trump
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.FCC reader comments 10 Share this story Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai yesterday vowed to take a "weed whacker" to FCC regulations after President-elect Donald...
Tech giants not acting fast enough on hate speech, E.U. charges
Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are not acting quickly enough to tackle hate speech, according to the European Commission, which has told the companies to get their act together.If the Silicon...
Hackers Attack EU Executive but no Data Breach: Spokesman
Hackers attacked the European Commission's computers on Thursday, flooding the EU executive's servers with digital service requests, but while connection speeds were affected, there was no data breach,...
Tom Wheeler urges Trump to protect consumers, not corporations
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testifying before the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee in March 2016.House Energy and Commerce Committee reader comments 37 Share this story As Republicans prepare...
Microsoft offers antitrust concessions to EU over LinkedIn purchase
Microsoft reader comments 4 Share this story At the start of this year, Brussels' antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager warned data-hoarding tech giants that she was looking at them very closely—even though...
EU Questions US Over Yahoo Email Scanning, Amid Privacy Concerns
The European Commission has asked the United States about a secret court order Yahoo used to scan thousands of customer emails for possible terrorism links, following concerns that may have violated a...
Calls for Aussies to be given a say
Do you wish you had more access and control of the data collected on you? DO YOU ever wonder how much personal data and information companies and government agencies are collecting on you? We know it’s...
FCC will not say if agency will review AT&T purchase of Time Warner
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday declined to say if he thinks the commission will review AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner...
Samsung halts Note 7 phone sales after fires
The company has told all affected customers who own an original or a replaced Note 7 phone to power down and stop using their device immediately.Samsung had formally recalled 2.5 million devices after...
Google to be ordered by EU to stop anti-competitive Android practices
BRUSSELS – EU antitrust regulators plan to order Alphabet’s Google to stop paying financial incentives to smartphone makers to pre-install Google Search exclusively on their devices and warned the company...
CPSC chairman: Samsung should have coordinated with US on phone recall
Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye said Friday that Samsung should have coordinated with the agency before announcing it would recall 2.5 million units of its Galaxy Note 7. "What...
Samsung phones recalled after explosion reports
Samsung voluntarily recalled the models after a spate of serious malfunctions, but the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has now demanded the return of the potentially dangerous devices.According...
New EU rules promise 100Mbps broadband and free Wi-Fi for all
EnlargeEuropean Parliament reader comments 38 Share this story BRUSSELS—The European Commission has promised free Wi-Fi in every town, village, and city in the European Union, in the next four years....
'Get Ready' To Pay Up EU Tax Bill, Apple Told
The commission has ordered Apple to pay €13bn (£11bn) in unpaid taxes in Ireland.As part of its decision, the commission said other EU countries could also claim a slice of the money pot.It called the...
EU Pulls Free Roaming Plan After Backlash
The European Commission's draft blueprint - hailed as an end to additional charges for EU citizens when they cross national borders inside the bloc - was withdrawn on the orders of commission president,...
Apple’s Irish tax bill might jump by billions on EU decision
Apple is facing a potential tax bill running into billions of dollars, with the European Union poised to release a finding into the company’s dealings in Ireland as soon as Tuesday, according to people...
US sends nastygram to European Union over alleged Apple tax dodging
EnlargeSnow White, Disney Films reader comments 19 Share this story Apple's battle with the European Union’s competition watchdog has been backed by the US government, which on Wednesday waded into the...
Google Goes on $450M "Charm Offensive" as EC Takes Aim
Google is using hard and soft lobbying to endear itself to Europeans while the EC continues to slap the company with antitrust complaints. Google is running a "charm offensive" in Europe, wooing the public...
EU antitrust regulators charge Google for third time over search
EU antitrust regulators accused Alphabet Inc's Google on Thursday of preventing rivals from competing with the company in the lucrative online search advertising market, bringing their third charge against...
European Commission Readying New Google Complaints: Report
Margrethe Vestager and the European Commission, after recently objecting to Google's practices with Android, are reportedly readying shopping-related complaints. The European Commission is gearing up...
EU Opening Antitrust Case Concerning Google Adwords: Reports
EU authorities are reportedly close to opening a third antitrust investigation against Google—this time concerning its core advertising services. The hits appear to keep on coming for Google in the European...
Gov. Brown, legislators to shake up state utilities commission
In a bid to end back-room deals between utility companies and their state regulators, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders proposed a sweeping overhaul of the California Public Utilities Commission...
Spiraling drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes
WASHINGTON — Calling the rising cost of drugs “unsustainable,” congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare’s popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old. The...
Netflix, Amazon given quotas for EU-produced video, face new tax
Jennifer BakerAs expected, the European Commission has nixed plans to impose blanket rules on Web-based platforms as part of its Digital Single Market plans—but Netflix, Amazon, and other on-demand video...
Google faces record 3 billion euro EU antitrust fine: Telegraph
LONDON Google faces a record antitrust fine of around 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) from the European Commission in the coming weeks, the British newspaper Sunday Telegraph said.The European Union has...
Feds to Take a Hard Look at Mobile Device Patch Practices
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced a joint investigation into the issue of mobile device security updates. The FTC issued an order requiring...
Judge resigns as nude photos of defendants found on his computer
Fox16.comAn Arkansas local judge resigned Monday following an ethics commission inquiry that concluded he had traded sex for reduced sentences and stored pictures of nude defendants on his home computer....
U.S. investigates security of mobile devices
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have asked mobile phone carriers and manufacturers to explain how they release security updates amid mounting concerns...
Google's Android charged with breaking EU competition law
Google has been charged under EU competition laws for "abusing its position" with its Android operating system.Margrethe Vestager, the European competition commissioner, said her staff had found that Google's...
Enron redux: Shell bilked California in energy crisis, judge finds
Fifteen years after blackouts swept the state, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission judge has found that a division of Shell Oil engaged in fraud and market manipulation during California’s energy crisis,...
EU seeks to end higher levies on ebooks
BRUSSELS Taxes on ebooks should be cut to align their price with paper books, the European Commission proposed on Thursday as part of a broader review of sales tax's rules in Europe.Existing European...
Correction: Obama-Cybersecurity story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a Feb. 18 story about a new commission on cybersecurity, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a breach of sensitive personal information of U.S. federal employees and others...
Lawmakers say digital-security commission is about more than just Apple vs. FBI - CNET
Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Michael McCaul (both center) said their commission would touch on more facets of digital security than just encryption. Richard Nieva/CNET While Apple and the FBI battle over...
EU clears Dell's purchase of EMC Corp
BRUSSELS The European Commission said on Monday it had cleared Dell Inc's planned $67 billion acquisition of data storage company EMC Corp (EMC.N).Dell unveiled the deal in October last year, the largest...
FCC to consider new TV set-top box rules
In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 photo, cables are connected to a satellite television box in Philadelphia.(Photo: Matt Rourke, AP) In the age of apps, the Federal Communications Commission is set to wage...
EEOC wants firms to reveal pay data
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it will push large employers to disclose employee pay data, an effort to reduce wage discrimination in the workplace. Companies with more than 100...
California Adopts First Energy Standards for Household LEDs
California on Wednesday became the first state to set energy efficiency standards for household LEDs and smaller track-lighting-style light bulbs — a move that could save consumers billions in utility...
Uber subsidiary fined $7.6 mn in California
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday hit an Uber subsidiary with a $7.6 million fine for failing to comply with reporting requirements fully and in a timely manner. The commission also...
Uber must pay $7.6 million for failing to hand over information
An Uber subsidiary must pay a $7.6 million fine to the California Public Utilities Commission for failing to hand over required information about safety and accessibility, but the commission ruled Thursday...
SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding
In this Nov. 30, 2006, file photo, people watch through glass as a killer whale swims by in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego. SeaWorld filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, challenging a California...
EU 'breached law' over delay on hormone disrupting chemicals: court
The European Commission has breached European Union law by failing to arrange for identifying harmful chemicals in everyday products, the EU's general court ruled Wednesday. The Luxembourg-based court...
EU lawmakers blast plans to ease diesel pollution limits
Employees of German car maker Volkswagen check cars at a assembly line of the VW plant in Wolfsburg, central Germany, on October 21, 2015 EU lawmakers on Monday firmly rejected plans by the European Commission...
Netflix and BBC iPlayer will soon be available abroad
Online streaming services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Sky Now will soon be portable across the EU, the European Commission has announced.The plans are part of an overhaul of copyright laws, which...
New EU copyright rules would give travelers cross-border Netflix access
Parti socialisteThe European Commission's new "modern, more European" copyright framework, unveiled today, has ruled out a tax on hyperlinks. But it could still lead to the introduction of a Europe-wide...
Media services to be portable in EU
Online service subscriptions, such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Sky's Now TV, will be portable across the EU under proposals announced on Wednesday. The European Commission also described its plan to overhaul...
Sweden considers writing off IT student loans to attract more women
Sweden’s Digitalisation Commission has proposed writing off student loans for female IT students to encourage more women to study technology subjects. This has been proposed to balance the gender scales...
CCI probing online cab companies over alleged abuse of dominance
Comments By: PTI | Updated: December 7, 2015 10:45 am Competition Commission is looking at five cases of alleged abuse of dominant position by online cab companies, the government said today. However,...
Russia faces ban from athletics over doping scandal
Russia’s track and field athletes should be banned from next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a committee set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency has suggested. The recommendation was part...
Websites can keep ignoring “Do Not Track” requests after FCC ruling
DoNotTrack.UsWebsites will not be forced to honor consumers' "Do Not Track" requests as the Federal Communications Commission today dismissed a petition that would have imposed new requirements on companies...
EU regulator hands out 116 million euros cartel fine for disc drive makers
BRUSSELS The European Commission has handed out a 116 million euros ($131.73 million) fine to producers of optical disc drives, having found them guilty of colluding on price.The Commission, which acts...
New York to try out GPS-based meters on 1,000 taxicabs
NEW YORK Some New York City taxicabs will switch to using GPS-based fare calculators from current metering systems under a pilot program approved on Thursday. The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission voted...
EU warned on VW emissions software two years ago
The JRC's report argued that diesel cars should be tested on the road, rather in the lab, to reduce the risk of manipulation. "Sensors and electronic components in modern light-duty vehicles are capable...
Here's how Mark Zuckerberg became the fifth richest person alive
VISIT CNBC.COMX Leadership LeadershipHere's how Mark Zuckerberg became the fifth richest person alive Abigail Hess 56 Mins Ago CNBC.com Source: Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. SHARES Mark Zuckerberg,...
Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience
Then one day, about a month after Goldberg died, she decided to post on Facebook about her grief, her gratitude toward her friends, and her related tumultuous feelings - for instance, coming to believe...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark