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European Commission Defense Program Offers Grants for Blockchain Solutions

The European Commission is calling for future-oriented defense solutions including innovative blockchain concepts. A European Defense Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) tender, issued March 24, includes a 42-strong itemized list calling for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to offer up solutions that drive innovation and adapt technologies for civil and defense purposes. The program will accept proposals relating …

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European mobile carriers will share location data to track COVID-19 spread

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti More governments are relying on phone location tracking in a bid to track and contain the spread of COVID-19. Eight European carriers, including Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), Orange and Vodafone, have agreed to share phone location data with the European Commission to help measure the coronavirus’ reach. That immediately raises privacy …

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Brussels Asks Europeans How to Regulate Bitcoin, Public Consultation Continues Into March

</header> <strong>The European Commission is gathering feedback from EU citizens, businesses, regulators and other interested parties to establish a regulatory framework for crypto assets and markets on a European level. The public consultation which started in December will continue until March 19, 2020, with the finalized proposal expected in the third quarter. </strong> Also read: …

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EU investigates Google data collection practices

Sponsored Links Omar Marques/SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images No, European antitrust regulators still aren’t done looking into Google’s practices. The European Commission told Reuters in a statement that it’s conducting a “preliminary investigation” into Google’s data collection. While it didn’t go into detail, a leaked document indicated that the focuses were on local search, …

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Facebook Libra Already Facing an EU Antitrust Probe: Report

Facebook is reportedly already under investigation by the EU over antitrust issues related to its Libra cryptocurrency project. A document seen by Bloomberg indicates that the European Commission is “currently investigating potential anti-competitive behavior” by the Libra Association. The report describes the document as a questionnaire suggesting the commission is concerned that Facebook’s planned digital payment system could unfairly …

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Qualcomm fined €242 million in European antitrust case

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Fresh off its high-profile feud with Apple, Qualcomm is suffering more legal woes. An investigation by the European Commission has found Qualcomm abused its market dominance in the manufacture of 3G baseband chipsets and will have to pay a steep €242 million ($271 million) fine. The case refers to a period …

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Georgia Exempts Bitcoin From VAT to Become the Next Country to Affirm Its Currency Status

</header> <strong>Cryptocurrency taxation is a subject that concerns a growing number of users, traders and investors. An area that creates a lot of confusion among taxpayers is the application of VAT, or the value-added tax most countries levy on the sales of goods and services. Georgia has become the latest nation to free crypto-fiat transactions …

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EU set to investigate Apple over Spotify’s competition claims

Sponsored Links Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images The European Union might just believe that Spotify’s complaint against Apple has some merit. Financial Times sources have claimed that EU competition commissioners have decided to launch an antitrust investigation into allegations that Apple unfairly hinders Spotify and other rivals to Apple Music through App Store policies. The …

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EU charges Valve and five publishers with geo-blocking games

Valve Software Two years after the EU began investigating whether Valve uses regional pricing and geo-blocking practices in its Steam store, the European Commission has formally charged the distributor and five game publishers. The Commission released its “preliminary view” that Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax prevented consumers from purchasing videogames …

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EU believes BMW, Daimler and VW colluded over clean emissions tech

olando_o via Getty Images The European Commission believes BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen worked together to delay clean emissions technology. Last fall, the EU Commission launched a formal investigation to determine if the automakers breached EU antitrust rules by restricting competition on the development of emissions-reducing technology. Now, in a Statement of Objections, the Commission has …

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