The speed limiting crackdown on P2P services and other bandwidth-hogging downloading systems is extending to VOIP, with an EU telecoms regulator finding the throttling of VOIP connections to be a "common" practise across Europe.
It's usually Germany or Finland that's the comedy entry at Eurovision. This year it's going to be us, thanks to the BBC's decision to send Engelbert Humperdinck out to Azerbaijan to represent the nation.
The controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement appears to have run into stiff resistance within the European Parliament, with the EU's head of trade Karel De Gucht referring the scheme to the European Court of Justice to assess whether it's actually legal to implement across Europe.
New rulings from the European Parliament have placed new urgency on the allocation of 4G services, telling member nations that they must have "authorised the use" of the two main 4G spectrums by January 1st 2013.
Google's seriously impressive attempt to blag an upgrade by buying all of Motorola's mobile phone division has finally been given the all clear, with anti-trust bodies in both the EU and US saying it's fine.
When Samsung went on a patent lawsuit spree last year in the European courts, they may have reneged on an agreement they gave the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to license any "essential patents" to competitors "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" terms. So now the EU is investigating Samsung on suspicion that they distorted competition in the mobile market. Fun!
The EU’s just decided that you should be able to dump your old and busted electronics on shops, whether or not you bought them there and even if you’re not buying anything new from them. The retailers will have to fund the e-waste clean up, which means your dead iPod or stereo might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for stores on the edge like Currys.
The EU is planning to introduce new data-protection legislation to cover all of Europe, to protect us from being exploited by evil corporations and eventually save small businesses "2.3 billion euros" thanks to reduced admin costs.
Despite talk of Google owning Motorola's mobile division, the deal hasn't yet been completed. Google needs approval from anti-competition regulators on both sides of the pond before it can be made official, with the EU today announcing it'll be publishing its decision on February 13th. The shareholders are happy, now Google just needs the pen-pushers onside. [Reuters]
The fate of Europe's rather expensive answer to the American GPS satellite navigation system, Galileo, has been secured after a €7bn (£6bn) award from the European Union. The money will be enough to see all 30 satellites operating in orbit and pay for running costs through to 2020.
"Backscatter" X-ray machines, which bombard your body with radiation at the airport, are a subject of controversy in the US. Not in Europe, Mother Jones reports—the machines are now banned throughout the entire EU over cancer risks. Good.