Adobe prepares to defend Figma deal at EU hearing on December 8

Adobe will try to defend its $20 billion deal with Figma at a hearing in the European Union. They are scheduled to take place on December 8. They are scheduled to take place on December 8. This is reported by Reuters with reference to informed sources. As you know, Adobe ... Read more

European mobile data traffic to triple by 2028 – GSMA

European mobile data traffic will triple by 2028. This opinion was expressed by the telecommunications industry group GSMA, which unites more than 1,000 mobile operators and companies, according to Reuters. This will be facilitated by the introduction of 5G and the transition to 4G, which continues to put pressure on ... Read more

Germany, France and Italy agree on how to regulate artificial intelligence

France, Germany, and Italy have reached an agreement on how to regulate artificial intelligence. This is expected to speed up negotiations at the European level. This is reported by Reuters, which has reviewed the relevant joint document. According to it, the governments of the three countries support “mandatory self-regulation through ... Read more

The EU launches paid subscriptions to Facebook and Instagram. How much will it cost?

Meta launches an ad-free paid subscription on Facebook and Instagram. The service is available throughout the European Union, reports The Verge. The subscription fee will be about 9.99 euros per month on the web or 12.99 euros on iOS and Android, including additional fees for these platforms. The ad-free subscription ... Read more

The ECB announced a new stage in the introduction of the digital euro – it will last for 2 years

The European Central Bank has taken another step toward launching a digital version of the euro that will allow people in the 20 countries that use the single currency to make electronic payments securely and free of charge, writes Reuters. Starting November 1, the ECB is preparing to launch a ... Read more

EU warns Elon Musk over fake news on X platform after Hamas attack on Israel

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Thierry Breton warned Elon Musk about the spread of disinformation on Platform X after the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel, writes Engadget. The European official sent the billionaire an urgent letter, in which he emphasized this issue and reminded him of his obligations under the ... Read more

Valve loses a court case in the EU and has to pay 1.6 million euros in fines for geoblocking

The General Court of the European Union has upheld the decision to impose a fine for geo-blocking on Valve Corp. which owns the Steam digital game distribution platform, reports Bloomberg. As it is known, the European Commission has fined Valve and five other publishers for obstructing cross-border sales of PC ... Read more

The EU wants Apple to open its ecosystem to competitors

The European Union wants Apple to open its ecosystem to competitors, writes GSMArena. European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton stated this desire to the CEO of the American company Tim Cook during a meeting in Brussels. According to him, Apple should allow iPhone owners to use competitive services, ... Read more

European Commission names companies and services subject to EU digital market rules

The European Commission has defined companies and services that fall under the category of “gatekeepers” within the European Digital Markets Act (DMA). This is stated in the official EU report. The list includes 6 technology companies: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta, Microsoft. The list of services includes: social networks (TikTok, ... Read more

Apple and Microsoft argue with Brussels over EU digital market rules

Apple and Microsoft are arguing with Brussels over whether iMessage and Bing should be classified as gatekeepers under the new European legislation, writes Financial Times. We are talking about the Digital Markets Act (DMA). If companies meet certain criteria set by this document, they fall into the category of “gatekeepers”. ... Read more

The EU Council adopted a law on the installation of fast charging stations on all major highways

The EU Council has adopted new rules aimed at making it easier for electric car owners to travel around Europe while helping to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. This is reported by The Verge. Starting in 2025, the new regulation requires the installation of fast charging stations with a capacity ... Read more

The EU has approved the Chips Act, which will help develop the semiconductor industry in Europe

The European Union approved the Chips Act. This document is designed to improve semiconductor manufacturing capabilities in EU member states, reports Engadget. The act aims to use 43 billion euros ($47.5 billion) of investment to increase the share of chip production in the EU to 20% in 2030. Now this ... Read more

In Ukraine, the Big Recovery Portal platform is being developed to monitor recovery costs

In Ukraine, work on the project “Control of recovery costs” began, financed by the European Union. This was reported by Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. The Center for Economic Strategy, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, and the NGO Technology of Progress are working on the project. ... Read more

The Swedish data protection authority warns against the use of Google Analytics and imposes fines for it

Sweden’s data protection authority has fined two companies for using Google Analytics, citing violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to the risk of data being obtained by the US government. The agency also warned other companies about the inadmissibility of using Google’s analytics tool, reports ... Read more

The EU wants “readily removable” batteries in smartphones: but what does that mean?

The European Union (EU) has passed legislation that could usher in a new era of repairable devices, with a particular focus on easy battery replacement. However, the interpretation of what constitutes “readily removable” is still a matter of debate, writes ArsTechnica. Recently, the European Parliament voted for new battery handling ... Read more

The EU has come close to strengthening the protection of gig economy workers, including Uber drivers and couriers

EU member states have reached an agreement on rules that pave the way for stronger employment protection for the bloc’s 28 million gig economy workers, Financial Times writes. The industry-wide settlement could eventually allow workers, including Uber drivers and food delivery drivers, to receive Social Security and other benefits. The ... Read more

The EU does not speak for Europe in tech field – CEPA

The European Union does not speak for Europe in the field of technology. This opinion was expressed by President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Alina Polyakova and program officer of the Digital Innovation Initiative at CEPA Matthew Eitel in a column for Politico. According to ... Read more

Meta was fined a record $1.3 billion for transferring Facebook data to the US

EU regulators fined Meta a record $1.3 billion (€1.2 billion) and ordered it to stop transferring EU citizens’ data from Facebook to the US. This is reported by The Verge. According to the EU courts, such data transfer exposes EU citizens to the danger of violating their private life. The ... Read more

The EU has warned Apple about possible restrictions on the functionality of non-certified USB-C cables

We have already shared with you rumors according to which Apple may limit charging and data transfer speeds when using non-certified USB-C cables with new iPhones. As with the current models with Lightning, the smartphones will be equipped with a chip for accessories authentication. In response to these rumors, European ... Read more

The European Commission named the companies that must comply with the new rules for using the Internet

From August 25, the European Commission will require 19 large platforms and search engines to comply with new rules regarding content on the Internet. The institution announced that it has made the first decisions on listing companies under the Digital Services Act (DSA), writes Ars Technica. The list includes YouTube, ... Read more

The European Union agreed on how to develop the production of chips

The European Union has completed the development of a program worth 43 billion euros to support domestic semiconductor production, writes The Register with reference to the statement of the European Commission. The institution reported reaching preliminary agreements on the terms of the Chips Act. It aims to double the EU’s ... Read more

Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine: the EU supports free roaming with Ukraine

The Council of the EU and the European Commission support the accession of Ukraine to free roaming with the European Union on a permanent basis. This was announced by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. According to the information of the Ukrainian agency, the EU made a proposal to ... Read more

EU Chips Act – 43 billion euros for the development of the semiconductor industry in Europe

The European Union, following the example of the United States, will implement a 43 billion euros ($47 billion) financial support plan that will encourage the development of the semiconductor industry in Europe and reduce the dependence of European manufacturers on China and the United States. This is reported by Reuters. ... Read more

The European Commission has banned TikTok on corporate devices

Citing data protection considerations, the EU executive’s IT service has asked all Commission staff to remove TikTok from their corporate devices, as well as personal devices that use corporate apps. The request to remove the Chinese social network app was sent by email to EU officials on the morning of ... Read more

The war in Ukraine forced European countries to increase investment in defense technologies

European technology companies working with the defense industry, long an investment taboo for many venture firms, are receiving record amounts of funding after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, reports Bloomberg. Last year, the governments of European countries increased spending on military defense, promising to allocate billions of euros to modernize ... Read more