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    Europeans vow to pursue digital tax plans after US “provocation”

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 19 June - 09:57

DORTMUND, GERMANY - JUNE 15, 2020: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) In this photo illustration, a receipt with the VAT of 19% and 7% is seen on euro banknotes. At the top of the receipt are Eurobills and Cent coins.

Enlarge / DORTMUND, GERMANY - JUNE 15, 2020: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) In this photo illustration, a receipt with the VAT of 19% and 7% is seen on euro banknotes. At the top of the receipt are Eurobills and Cent coins. (credit: Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images )

The EU has defied the US by vowing to pursue its own plans for digital taxes after Washington pulled out of global negotiations on the matter and threatened to impose tariffs in retaliation against national levies.

France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday labeled the US decision to suspend the OECD-led talks a “provocation” and said Paris would apply a tax on big technology companies “whatever happens.”

Paolo Gentiloni, EU economy commissioner, said Brussels was prepared to advance its own EU-wide proposals. The UK Treasury has also vowed to press ahead with its digital tax, even as it is engaged in negotiations with Washington over a potential free trade agreement.

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    Apple faces twin antitrust probes in Brussels

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 16 June - 14:09

08 January 2019, Hessen, Rüsselsheim: ILLUSTRATION - The App Store (M) logo can be seen on the screen of an iPhone. Photo: Silas Stein/dpa (Photo by Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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The European Commission has opened two formal antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and its Apple Pay payment system.

The investigation into the App Store comes after a complaint from Spotify in March 2019 and a subsequent complaint from e-reader company Kobo over how Apple takes a 30 percent commission on every subscription signed up through its App Store in the first year, and then a 15 percent cut.

At the same time, the companies complained, Apple has promoted its own music and books services. The European Commission is also looking at whether App Store rules stifle competition in gaming and cloud services, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

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    iPhone privacy prompts discriminate against non-Apple apps, complaint says

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 29 May - 17:28 · 1 minute

Tile Mate, one of Tile’s tracking hardware products.

Enlarge / Tile Mate, one of Tile’s tracking hardware products. (credit: Tile)

Tile, a maker of hardware and software for digitally tracking the location of personal possessions, has written a letter to the European Commission accusing Apple of anti-competitive behavior as rumors abound that Apple plans to launch a competitor to Tile in the near future. This follows similar complaints by Tile in the United States.

The letter claims that Apple favors FindMy, the tech giant’s own device tracking app, over Tile’s in a few specific ways and asks for the European Commission to open a probe into Apple’s business practices. Here’s an an excerpt from the letter by Tile general counsel Kirsten Daru, which was acquired by Financial Times :

In the past twelve months, Apple has taken several steps to completely disadvantage Tile, including by making it more difficult for consumers to use our products and services. This is particularly concerning because Apple’s actions come at the same time that Apple both launched a new FindMy app that competes even more directly with Tile and also began preparing for the launch of a competitive hardware product.

One of Tile’s key arguments is that Apple defaults the “Always Allow” flag to "on" for location-based tracking in the FindMy app when users set up their phones, but third-party apps that perform similar functions default to "off." The result is that third-party apps must frequently show dialogues asking the user for permission until the user opts to manually turn on “Always Allow” for the app. This “denigrates the user experience,” according to Tile’s letter.

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    EU Copyright Directive daydream

    ericbuijs · news.movim.eu / open-source-software · Thursday, 21 February, 2019 - 10:17 edit

My blog post about the proposed EU Copyright Directive where I make a comparison between #Article13 and #DRM and search for a possible solution how to get out of this mess.

#Copyright #Directive #EU

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    EU Copyright Directive daydream

    While Big Tech and Big IP holders are fighting the EU citizens are caught in the middle and are in danger of becoming the victim of this fight.

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    European Copyright Directive and Article 13, will it threated Movim?

    ericbuijs · Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 - 18:47 edit

IMHO, the best way to follow the actual status of #Article13 and the whole European Copyright Reform is by checking the Twitter account of Julia Reda regularly. She is MEP for the European Pirate Party (PPEU) and Vice-Chair of GreensEP group and deeply involved into this matter. #EU.

https://twitter.com/Senficon

Guess who I’m gonna vote for in the upcoming European Parlement election in May.

https://european-pirateparty.eu/category/european-elections/