Jennifer Baker Brussels correspondent, IDG News Service

Jennifer Baker reports on the European Union: Commission, Parliament, technology policy, regulation, and competition.

Apple should be forced to conform to a standard charger, say EU politicians

Members of the European Parliament’s internal market committee voted Thursday unanimously for a new law mandating a universal mobile phone charger.

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EU net neutrality seen in peril from draft law

Digital advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net (QdN), has accused Europe’s Digital Agenda Commissioner of caving in to pressure from telcos and abandoning her promise to protect net neutrality.


Penguin terminates ebook deal with Apple in EU

Ebook publisher, Penguin has agreed to terminate its agency agreement with Apple and to allow Amazon to set its own prices for e-books in settlement of a European Union antitrust case.

Apple's misleading warranties must be punished, says EU Commissioner

Europe's Justice Commissioner Tuesday criticized how European Union member states have handled Apple's alleged misselling of warranties and called for tougher sanctions.


Samsung to be charged by EU over Apple patent battle

Europe's top regulatory authority is to charge Samsung over abuse of patents.

Apple ebook settlement with EU will allow Amazon to set prices

Apple and four other ebook publishers have settled an antitrust battle with the European Union.

Apple faces EU-wide probes into misleading warranty practices

Apple's warranty offerings could be pulled in the European Union after it emerged that the E.U. Justice Commissioner has asked member states to look into possible misselling.

Apple, ebook publishers look to settle EU antitrust dispute

Apple, along with four major ebook publishers, have offered retailers such as Amazon the option to set their own prices for e-books for the next two years in a bid to end an antitrust investigation in the E.U.

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EU decision on Google expected soon

A ruling from the European Commission on allegations that Google abused its dominant market position is expected after April 9.

EU: Apple, publishers must address all e-book allegations

A European Union official says that Apple and five ebook publishers must address all the European Commission's antitrust concerns before any settlement can be reached.

Microsoft complains to the EU about Motorola Mobility

Microsoft has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Motorola Mobility for alleged abuse of essential patents. Apple made a similar complaint about Motorola earlier this month.

EU approves Google-Motorola deal

European regulators have given Google the green light to take over Motorola, but concerns linger over how neutral Google will be in licensing its newly acquired patents.

EU launches Apple ebook antitrust probe

The European Union's antitrust regulator is investigating whether Apple colluded with other ebook publishers to minimize competition, in violation of EU law.

Western Digital hard-disk drive takeover approved, with conditions

Western Digital will be allowed to take over Hitachi's hard disk drive business, but only if it sells off a 3.5-inch hard disk drive production plant.

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EU antitrust authority investigates Samsung's use of patents against Apple

The European Union's top regulatory watchdog has launched an investigation into Samsung over its attempts to block Apple products.