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EU regulators to decide on Apple's Beats acquisition by late July

Reuters reports that EU antitrust regulators will decide by July 30 whether or not they'll give the green light to Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats. "The Commission can either clear the deal unconditionally or demand concessions if it sees competition issues," the report notes. "It can als...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 25, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of ...

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EU hoping to close off corporate tax loopholes utilized by Apple and others

To say that Apple's off-shore tax practices came under scrutiny in 2013 would be an extreme understatement. Though the tax minimization schemes Apple employs overseas are no different than those used by other multinational corporations, the spotlight in typical fashion seemed to shine exclusively ...

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Irish MPs vote to let Apple off the tax inquiry hook

The chairman of the Irish parliament's finance committee has led a vote which has decided Apple will not face any questions over its tax practices in the country, according to The Guardian. The Irish Parliament originally agreed to conduct a tax inquiry into Apple's practices in the country after ...

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Data roaming for iPhones just got a lot cheaper for EU citizens

A few weeks ago, we reported that most roaming fees for iPhones (and all smartphones and non-smartphones) would be scrapped or greatly reduced in EU member countries come July 2014. While that's great news for those of us living in EU countries with mobile plans based in the EU, the even better new...

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Samsung looking to settle EU antitrust case ahead of trial

According to a report from Reuters, Samsung is hoping to avoid a trial with the EU and settle charges that it illegally leveraged its standard essential patents against Apple. The talks came after the European Commission, which acts as EU competition regulator, told Samsung in December that it w...

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Siri Eyes Free coming to Opel ADAM car in Europe

Opel has announced that Siri Eyes Free integration is available in its ADAM car, with more cars to follow later this year. Opel is a European car company owned by General Motors. As many GM cars in the US offer (or will soon) Siri Eyes Free integration, Opel seems like a logical next step. In a p...

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EU questioning carriers over Apple's iPhone contract demands

Regulators at the EU's European Commission have sent out a nine-page questionnaire to smartphone carriers questioning Apple's tactics regarding iPhone contracts between the carriers and the company, according to the Financial Times. The questionnaire comes two months after European regulators bega...

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EU Justice Commissioner: AppleCare violates member states' laws

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding blasted Apple in a speech in Brussels today and urged EU member states to ensure that Apple complies with consumer protection laws, which require consumer electronics devices to come with a mandatory two-year warranty. "This case and the responses I rece...

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Apple's warranty practices questioned in Belgium

Belgian consumer watchdog agency, Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats, is not happy with the AppleCare protection plans offered to customers who purchase Apple hardware. The group has filed a complaint that claims Apple doesn't properly explain consumer rights when it markets and sells these warranties to...

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Italian authorities fine Apple again over warranties

By now, Apple should be pretty familiar with Italy's standards regarding product warranties, but it seems that despite already being fined roughly $1.2 million, the company's troubles are not over. AppleInsider reports that after being hit with the fine, Apple continued to push AppleCare's two-y...

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Apple settles with EU over e-book pricing, hands Amazon a victory

Apple's long battle with European Union regulators over e-book pricing has ended with Apple and four publishers offering to let retailers set prices or discounts for the next two years and suspend "most-favored nation" contracts for five years. The EU responded positively to the news. Competiti...

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Apple won't sell AppleCare in Italy, updates warranty terms on website

Apple and Italy's Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Competition and Market Authority) have been at odds for a while over the AppleCare Protection Plan. The European Union requires sellers to provide a two-year mandatory warranty on products, and fined Apple US$1.2 million...

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Reuters: Apple, Amazon e-book battle in EU nearing a conclusion

Source have told Reuters that EU regulators are going to accept an offer by Apple and four publishers to end antitrust investigations into their e-book pricing schemes. This result essentially cedes a victory to Amazon, which will be able to sell online books for less than its competitors. Ap...

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EU Digital Commissioner requests better European 4G Rollout

Apple and other device makers keep upping the ante on speed by building support for LTE into their latest devices, but that's of little use to citizens of several countries of the European Union. In many cases, their countries have no 4G networks or operate on frequencies not currently supporte...

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