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EU investigating TikTok for possible breaches of digital rules

The European Union said Monday it is investigating whether TikTok has broken the bloc’s strict new digital rules for cleaning up social media and keeping internet users safe.The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, said it has “opened formal proceedings to assess” whether TikTok has breached the Digital Services Act, which took effect last year.The DSA is a sweeping set of regulations designed to keep internet users safe online, including requirements to make it easier to flag harmful or illegal content like…

Apple Set to Face Near €500 Million EU Fine in Spotify Row

Apple Inc. will face a European Union fine close to €500 million ($539 million) over the regulator's investigation into allegations it silenced music-streaming rivals, including Spotify Technology SA, on its platforms. The penalty — Apple's first ever from the bloc — will be set after the EU watchdog found that it fell foul of competition rules in thwarting rival music services from informing users that cheaper alternatives existed outside of its App Store, according to people familiar with the matter.  Apple, when…

Women In AI: Eva Maydell, member of European Parliament and EU AI Act advisor

To give AI-focused women academics and others their well-deserved — and overdue — time in the spotlight, TechCrunch is launching a series of interviews focusing on remarkable women who’ve contributed to the AI revolution. We’ll publish several pieces throughout the year as the AI boom continues, highlighting key work that often goes unrecognized. Read more profiles here. Eva Maydell is a Bulgarian politician and a member of European Parliament. First elected to Parliament in 2014 at age 28, she was the youngest…

EU to fine Apple around 500 million euros over music streaming: report

The European Union is set to impose a fine in the range of 500 million euros ($539 million) on Apple for allegedly breaking EU law over access to its music streaming services, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The European Union is set to impose a fine in the range of 500 million euros ($539 million) on Apple for allegedly breaking EU law over access to its music streaming services, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS Read original article here Denial of responsibility!…

eu content law: All you need to know about the EU’s landmark digital content law

The EU's milestone legislation known as the Digital Services Act demands that digital companies crack down on illegal and problematic content.Since August the law has applied to very large platforms, with more than 45 million active monthly users in the European Union, and the world's biggest tech firms face major fines if they fall foul of it.Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill CoursesOffering CollegeCourseWebsiteIndian School of BusinessISB Professional Certificate in Product ManagementVisitMITMIT Technology…

Meta calls on the EU to step up the fight against spyware

Meta is ramping up pressure on European officials to crack down on the burgeoning commercial spyware industry, after the company announced it had disrupted a number of Italian and Spanish firms that were advertising their surveillance services in plain sight. These firms were, in some cases, targeting people inside Europe, Meta says—surreptitiously accessing their devices and collecting data from them in violation of the government’s data privacy laws.“EU data protection authorities have a unique opportunity here to…

Apple iMessage, Microsoft Bing Dodge EU’s Big Tech Crackdown

Apple Inc.'s iMessage and Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine, Edge web browser and Advertising service will avoid strict new European Union rules reining in Big Tech platforms.A probe concluded that the services don't hold a dominant enough position to be regulated under the EU's Digital Markets Act, the European Commission announced on Tuesday. Apple and Microsoft said they welcomed the decision in separate statements following the announcement.  The decision from EU regulators is a win for the two US firms, which…

5 things about AI you may have missed today: Google says India very optimistic on AI, OpenAI CEO fears AI dangers, more

AI roundup: Across the world, governments and corporates are looking to adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to power up growth and harness new areas of generating revenue. Now, a Google study reveals what India thinks about the new tech. It emerges that India has become the most hopeful country as far as AI is concerned. On the other hand, there are dangers present in this space too. OpenAI CEO has expressed his fear that AI could be dangerous if misalignments occur in technology goals and expectations. Know…

tiktok: EU court rejects TikTok bid to suspend tough curbs

Brussels, Feb 09, 2024 -Social media TikTok on Friday lost a court bid to suspend strict new EU rules designating it a market "gatekeeper", pending a final ruling on the video-sharing app's legal challenge to the law.The landmark European Union law would force major tech firms to change their ways in a way that regulators hope will create a fairer market. Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill CoursesOffering CollegeCourseWebsiteIndian School of BusinessISB Professional Certificate in Product ManagementVisitIIT…

Why EU regulators can rein in Big Tech, and the U.S. can’t

When Amazon announced last week that it was backing off a bid to purchase Roomba-maker iRobot, the two companies cited a familiar refrain: “Amazon’s proposed acquisition of iRobot has no path to regulatory approval in the European Union,” read a statement from iRobot. That the EU was scrutinizing the deal came as no huge surprise: Over the last few years, European regulators have also stymied M&A efforts between Adobe and Figma and Booking Holdings and Etraveli, and have put Silicon Valley giants like Apple and Google…