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These are the coolest neobanks and fintech startups from across the pond

These are the coolest neobanks and fintech startups from across the pond

Simple is shutting down, and there aren't really any great alternatives out there in the US. But what about the other side of the pond? Europe is a hub for financial technology (fintech) startups and some of the innovative new banks are looking to expand their business to the US (some already have). So let's run through what's available in Europe and see what you could soon have access to in the States.

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Microsoft sets the date for the Surface Duo's international debut

Microsoft sets the date for the Surface Duo's international debut

Microsoft released its first Android phone back in 2020, the Surface Duo. It's the only modern Android device with two side-by-side displays (not counting the add-on cases for various LG phone), and even though it's still a questionable buy at its new $999 retail price, Microsoft plans to sell it in more regions this year, starting with Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany on February 18.

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Some European Galaxy S21 owners are having issues with OTAs and Samsung Pay

Some European Galaxy S21 owners are having issues with OTAs and Samsung Pay

The Galaxy S21 series is starting to arrive at the doorsteps of those who ordered or pre-ordered, but in Europe, some new owners are experiencing strange bugs. There are reports of phones not receiving OTA updates and issues with Samsung Pay. The problems seem to be particularly widespread in the UK and Italy, and they appear to be related to some phones being set up with the wrong CSC (Country Specific Code).

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The EU will allow Google to acquire Fitbit, but it's laying out some conditions

The EU will allow Google to acquire Fitbit, but it's laying out some conditions

It's been over a year since Google announced a $2.1 billion dollar deal to take over Fitbit, but it's been sitting in regulatory purgatory since then while the European Commission investigated the acquisition's affect on consumers and competitors. Now it looks like the EU has come to a conclusion that will allow the merger to move forward — providing that Google adheres to a set of specific guidelines about data privacy.

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Facebook disables some Instagram and Messenger features in Europe

Facebook disables some Instagram and Messenger features in Europe

As noted by several users on social media and verified by our own Manuel Vonau in Germany, Facebook is temporarily disabling some features for Messenger and Instagram users who are based in the European region. The development has been revealed via in-app alerts which attribute "new rules for messaging services" as the cause for the change.

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The EU may be looking into breaking end-to-end encrypted chats

The EU may be looking into breaking end-to-end encrypted chats

The EU is often at the forefront of consumer protection when it comes to privacy laws like the GDPR. But now it looks like the Council of the European Union might undermine all of this with a move to cancel secure end-to-end encryption as we know it, the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) reports.

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Netflix is experimenting with a live TV style stream

Netflix is experimenting with a live TV style stream

It's that time of the day when you're back home after a long day at work, and you're ready to grab a beer, watch Netflix, and chill. Unfortunately, by the time you've chosen what to watch, you've already had way too many drinks and are ready to hit the sack. Thankfully, Netflix is deploying a solution that will save you time, at least if you live in France.

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Vivo is the latest Chinese smartphone maker to bring its products to Europe

Vivo is the latest Chinese smartphone maker to bring its products to Europe

With OnePlus, Oppo, and Realme all having successfully launched products in European markets, fellow BBK sub-brand Vivo must have been feeling left out. Not to be outdone by its siblings, the company has just announced its expansion into Europe with a range of handsets and audio products.

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The EU wants to let users finally remove preinstalled apps they don't like

The EU wants to let users finally remove preinstalled apps they don't like

Google has faced a lot of scrutiny in Europe. Whether it's finding fault with Google being the default search provider on Android phones to considering a ban on face recognition in public spaces, the EU generally takes a very pro-consumer focus on things. Now a series of working documents have surfaced that indicate the European Commission is considering a number of proposals that affect big tech — including a requirement that users be allowed to remove any pre-installed applications on a device.

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Google Play Pass launches in 24 new European countries

Google Play Pass launches in 24 new European countries

Play Pass, Google's apps and games subscription service on the Play Store, launched nearly a year ago in the US then expanded to nine new markets this past July. It's now spreading its wings across Europe with 24 newly supported countries.

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