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App Store Supports Over 830,000 Jobs in UK, Germany, and France, Says Apple

Monday March 15, 2021 1:53 am PDT by
Apple says its App Store now supports more than 330,000 jobs in the U.K., a 10% increase over the past year, despite the pressures of the global health crisis on the nation's economy. According to Apple, 2020 was a "breakthrough year" for the iOS app economy, with developers in the U.K. generating more than £3.6 billion in total earnings, which represents 22% in growth compared to the...
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Apple to Invest Over 1 Billion Euros in Munich Silicon Design Center

Tuesday March 9, 2021 11:30 pm PST by
Apple will make Munich its European Silicon Design Center, the company announced today. Work already being undertaken by Apple in Bavaria's capital is contributing to its custom Apple silicon designs, while the expansion, together with additional investment in R&D, will exceed 1 billion euros in the next three years. Apple says the new state-of-the-art facility will bring hundreds of new...
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EU Prepares to Charge Apple in Antitrust Dispute With Spotify

Thursday March 4, 2021 7:57 am PST by
EU regulators are in the process of finalizing a charge sheet against Apple, initiated by an antitrust complaint from Spotify (via Reuters). In 2019, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Apple enforces App Store rules that "purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience," accusing the company of "acting as both a player...
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27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display Removed From Online Apple Stores Across Europe

Monday February 22, 2021 2:51 am PST by
More than a month ago, LG's 24-inch 4K UltraFine display was removed from Apple's online store across Europe. Now, the higher-end 5K, 27-inch UltraFine display has also been removed from Apple's online store in several European countries, such as France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. Interestingly, both the 4K and 5K UltraFine displays remain listed and available for order...
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France Pushes to Widen EU Regulations on Big Tech Companies

Monday February 15, 2021 6:10 am PST by
France is pushing for changes to the EU's upcoming regulations on big tech companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, that would make it easier for governments to penalize bad behavior and widen controls on content, according to a new report by the Financial Times. The Digital Services Act, presented in December 2020, is designed to tackle illegal online content in the...
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EU Moves Forward With Appeal Against Apple's 'Contradictory' Tax Case Victory

Monday February 1, 2021 4:08 am PST by
The European Union has set out its grounds of appeal against Apple's victory in its $13 billion euro ($15.8 billion) tax dispute, saying that judges used "contradictory reasoning" when they ruled that Apple's business in Ireland was not liable for significant payments (via Bloomberg). In a summary of its appeal published earlier today, the EU set out its determination to challenge the court...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak at EU Data Protection Conference This Thursday

Tuesday January 26, 2021 6:50 am PST by
Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at the EU Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP) conference later this week (via Macerkopf). CPDP is a Brussels-based non-profit platform founded in 2007 by a group of European universities. The conference offers an insight into legal, regulatory, academic, and technological development in privacy and data protection, and seeks to discuss emerging...
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LG's UltraFine 4K Display No Longer Listed in Apple Stores Across Europe

Thursday January 21, 2021 1:54 am PST by
LG's UltraFine 4K Display listing appears to have been removed from regional Apple Stores across Europe sometime over the last 48 hours. The LG monitor was out of stock for quite some time in Europe over the holiday period. Now it no longer shows up in searches of Apple's online stores in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries....
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AirPods Max Now Available for Same-Day Pickup at Apple Stores in Some European Countries Including France, Italy, Spain, and UK

Wednesday December 16, 2020 12:13 am PST by
One day after their official launch, AirPods Max have now become available in select Apple Stores for same-day pickup in several European countries, including France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. ‌AirPods Max‌ are currently available for pickup in some stores in Space Gray and Silver, but other colors remain largely unavailable with some exceptions. In-store pickup options are...
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EU Introduces Strict Rules on Big Tech Companies to Promote Competition and Protect Users

Tuesday December 15, 2020 8:10 am PST by
Big tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook, could soon face new wide-reaching regulations in the European Union, under new legislation presented today by the European Commission (via CNBC). Amid concern for smaller European companies looking to compete in the European market, the European Commission today presented two new pieces of legislation that aim to strictly...
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Apple TV+ Could Face Ban in Europe Unless It Meets Proposed Requirement of 30% European Content

Wednesday December 9, 2020 8:57 am PST by
Irish lawmakers implementing European Union directives are proposing new legislation that would require streaming services, including Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix, to host at least 30 percent European content or face being shut down across the EU. These clauses of the "General Scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill" come in response to the overwhelming amount...
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Consumer Group Sues Apple in Belgium and Spain Over iPhone Throttling

Wednesday December 2, 2020 3:06 am PST by
An EU consumer advocacy group has filed class-action lawsuits against Apple in both Belgium and Spain for "unfair and misleading commercial practices" related to the iPhone performance management system it introduced in iOS 10.2.1 without informing customers. Brought by Euroconsumers, which describes itself as the "world's leading consumer cluster organization," the suits allege that the...
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European Parliament Votes to Support Right to Repair

Friday November 27, 2020 8:00 am PST by
The European Parliament has this week voted to support the recommendations of the EU Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection on the "Right to Repair," including a system of mandatory labelling on consumer electronics to provide explicit information on the repairability and lifespan of products (via iFixit). The motion will compel the EU Commission to "develop and introduce ...
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Somfy Tahoma Gateway to Gain HomeKit Support From December 1, 2020

Tuesday November 24, 2020 1:17 am PST by
European smart home company Somfy will make its Tahoma gateway hub HomeKit compatible from the beginning of next month, according to the iFun.de tech website. The gateway is used to control the France-based company's shutters and blinds, including external blinds, vertical awnings, patio awnings and pergolas, so if the company sticks to its scheduled rollout, owners of these Somfy products...
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Privacy Group Files Legal Complaints in Europe Targeting Apple's Device Identifier Service for Advertisers

Monday November 16, 2020 1:12 am PST by
Apple's device identifier service for advertisers is being targeted by privacy advocates in two complaints to Spanish and German authorities, reports Bloomberg. A Vienna-based group called NOYB ("None Of Your Business") has filed complaints with data protection authorities in the two countries, calling for them to outlaw Apple's "Identifier for Advertisers" (IDFA) service. Each ‌iPhone‌...
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Top EU Antitrust Investigator Warns Against Break Up of Big Tech Companies

Wednesday October 28, 2020 6:16 am PDT by
As the European Union increasingly targets big tech companies, top antitrust enforcer Margrethe Vestager has warned against the structural break up of big tech companies (via The Information). The comments were somewhat surprising, as Vestager has aggressively pursued antitrust investigations against the likes of Apple, Google, and Amazon in recent years. For example, it was Vestager who...
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Apple Reportedly on EU 'Hit List' of Big Tech Companies Targeted for Regulation

Monday October 12, 2020 7:39 am PDT by
EU regulators are taking aim at up to 20 big tech companies, including Apple, as part of a "hit list" that seeks to curb their market influence, reports The Financial Times. The plans reportedly involve the demand that larger tech companies face tougher regulations than smaller competitors, data sharing with rivals, and increased transparency on data gathering. The move is part of a wider...
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Apple to Build Two of the World's Largest Wind Turbines in Net-Zero Climate Impact Pledge

Thursday September 3, 2020 5:07 am PDT by
Apple has today announced that it will construct two of the world's largest onshore wind turbines near Esbjerg in Denmark, in an expansion of its investment in renewable energy. Via a press release, Apple explained that the new 200-meter-tall turbines will produce 62 gigawatt hours of energy every year, enough to power almost 20,000 homes. The area will also function as a test site for...
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Disney+ Officially Launches in the UK and More European Countries

Tuesday March 24, 2020 2:53 am PDT by
Disney+ today officially launched in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria. The premium streaming service is accessible via web browser, on Amazon Fire devices, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV (4K or HD), iOS devices, Android, Google Chromecast, Xbox One, PS4, and smart TVs from LG, Sony, Samsung, and Vizio. You can download the iPhone and iPad apps her...
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Disney+ to Launch Across Europe This Week With Reduced Streaming Quality, Launch in France Delayed

Monday March 23, 2020 4:31 am PDT by
Disney's premium streaming service, Disney+, will launch across Europe on Tuesday with temporarily degraded video quality, according to Reuters. The measure aims to reduce the burden on the continent's data networks as millions of people switch to working from home. In a company statement, Disney said it had agreed to a European Union request for streaming-video providers to "ensure the...