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Google is facing even more flack for FLoC from the EU

Google is facing even more flack for FLoC from the EU

Google knows that third-party cookies tracking users around the web are on the way out, as even the company itself is planning on phasing out support for them in its own Chrome browser. But the online ad business is only as lucrative as it is due to extensive tracking practices, so Google is looking for an alternative to cookies. Enter FLoC, or Federated Learning of Cohorts. The technology is supposed to make tracking less privacy-invasive by assigning people to random groups with similar interests, instead of following every individual around. But many other companies think that FLoC will still be pretty invasive, and now, even some European regulators are chiming in, voicing their concerns.

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The OnePlus Store app is now available on the Play Store in more places (APK Download)

The OnePlus Store app is now available on the Play Store in more places (APK Download)

After introducing its brand-new store app to the US and Canada shortly before launching the OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus has expanded the application to Europe, as it announced in a blog post. After a short exclusive beta phase that forced you to download the app manually from the manufacturer's website, it's now available in the Play Store for European, too.

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OnePlus sales grew by over 300% in Europe and India in Q1

OnePlus sales grew by over 300% in Europe and India in Q1

Despite all of the criticism OnePlus is receiving for its update policy, its latest phones, and the OnePlus Watch, the company seems to be in a great state. It just reported one of the strongest quarters in Europe ever, with a 388% growth in sales and 286% in revenue compared to Q1 2020, with the UK being in the top three of the best performing markets.

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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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