money
European Bank Warns Against Betting the Farm or Pension on Bitcoin

The European Banking Authority has advised cautious investors to avoid the new wave of virtual currencies, with the key issue being the lack of regulatory backup should the likes of Bitcoin and those who run it just.... decide to stop bothering. Read More >>

money
New UK Immigrants to Lose Benefits if They Fail Tougher English Language Test

The government is aiming to appease the growing anti-immigration crowd with a new crackdown on the perceived wave of "benefit tourists," with Jobcentre staff to be tasked with checking the English skills of new claimants and denying benefits to those who fail. Read More >>

foodmodo
Controversial Jam Law Could Send Conserve Fans Underground in Search of Sweeter Hits

The EU is proposing to lower the minimum amount of sugar that needs to be in jam in order for it to be called jam, meaning jams could soon be made with 50 per cent sugar instead of the current 60 per cent required. This horror scenario could have us breakfasting like the savage Europeans, says one horrified MP. Read More >>

health
EU Bans Menthol Cigarettes, But Leaves the Door Open for an E-Cig Future

The EU has voted through new laws on smoking, which will see the menthol variety banned from sale. There's good news for fans of e-cigarettes, though, as they've escaped with little more than a tightening on advertising guidelines. Read More >>

google
Google and EU Ready to Call Off Anti-Competition Battle

The EU and Google might be ready to end their fight over the search giant's manipulation of results to favour listings for its own stuff, after Google suggested some alterations to its methods that seem to have gone down quite well with European Commission bosses. Read More >>

apple
Apple's £25 iPhone Cable Cash Cow Might be Chopped by New EU MicroUSB Law

The way Apple goes it alone in offering the only smartphone on the market without a MicroUSB connector might soon be coming to a forceful end, with the EU planning a fresh push to enforce its universal charger dream. Read More >>

cars
EU Says Non/Nein to Reports of Compulsory 70mph Speed Restriction

The Jeremy Clarksons of the internet were recently enraged by claims that the EU may be planning to enforce a camera and GPS combo that would limit cars to a top speed of 70mph. However, the EU's taken to its blog to say that the reports are "quite simply not true." Read More >>

networks
Three Bins Calling, Text and Data Roaming Fees in Seven Countries

UK mobile network Three has jiggled its overseas calling plans, introducing something it calls the 'Feel At Home' option. This means full use of your UK contract minutes, texts and mobile data allowance when in one of the seven countries initially covered by the scheme. Read More >>

security
Government Agents Smash Media Hard Drives to Stop NSA Leaks

Yet more astonishingly weird revelations have come out of the Guardian's endless exposure of the spying scandal, with the paper's editor claiming government enforcers resorted to physically breaking his team's computers to end the constant drip-drip of embarrassing leaks. Read More >>

privacy
EU Prepares for War With US Over Privacy Monitoring

One of the most senior EU Commissioners has had a pop at the American surveillance situation, telling conference attendees that the recent PRISM revelations were a "wake up call" that may end up in greater privacy protection for all of us. Read More >>

op-ed
Micro-USB: One Thing the EU's Got Right

It seems pretty fashionable to whine about the EU nowadays, but while it agricultural subsidies might need a little re-thinking, there's one thing it's done right for humanity: the forced adoption of micro-USB, the best thing to happen to smartphones in the last five years. Read More >>

google
Google UK Told to Rewrite its Privacy Policy or Face Possible Legal Action

Remember all the fuss regarding Google's updated universal privacy policy that kicked in last year? We're going to have to go through it all again, as the UK's privacy watchdog has decided it's too unclear for users to understand and needs changing. Read More >>

networks
EU Mobile Roaming Fees Less of a Rip-Off From Today

Today's the day the EU's latest bit of positive price fixing legislation kicks in, with new rules regarding how much the mobile networks can charge us for roaming while away from home coming online right now. Read More >>

design
Laser-Cut Logos: The Future of Packaging Is No Packaging At All

The EU is notoriously sensitive about how its crops are grown—but this weekend, it will begin allowing companies to apply labels and barcodes directly onto produce using lasers. The new legislation—which has taken three years to pass—was spearheaded by a Spanish company called Laser Food (natch), which has developed proprietary tech to print the marks en masse. Read More >>

cars
New Cars Will Have Emergency GPS and Help-Calling Systems From 2015

The European Commission has signed off legislation covering its proposed eCall device, which will require car makers to stick a GPS device and automatic calling system inside every car. The idea being it instantly phones for help if you have an accident and might, therefore, save lives. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft Consortium Complains About Anti-Competitive Android "Trojan Horse"

A group of tech and search firms led by Microsoft has lodged a complaint with the EU regarding Google's "predatory" distribution of Android, claiming the free OS is disrupting the market and making it harder for others to compete. Read More >>

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