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New EU rules demand more transparency, fairness in online marketplaces from Google, Amazon, and others

New EU rules demand more transparency, fairness in online marketplaces from Google, Amazon, and others

As a result of new European Commission rules around the transparency of online platforms, Google already outlined planned improvements to its developer relations and communication about Play Store policy compliance. However, there are wider implications for Google, Amazon, Facebook, and others as the rules governing digital practices were approved on Wednesday.

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[Update: Pre-orders live in Germany too] Assistant on Smart Displays speaks French and German, as Lenovo launches its display in France

[Update: Pre-orders live in Germany too] Assistant on Smart Displays speaks French and German, as Lenovo launches its display in France

Assistant-enabled smart displays came out about a year ago, but they could exclusively speak English until they learned Canadian French recently. Because of this dialect limitation, the devices have only been available for sale in the US, UK, and Australia. However, newly added support for French and German means they are coming to Europe as well.

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The European Parliament votes in favor of new copyright law potentially taking away our memes

The European Parliament votes in favor of new copyright law potentially taking away our memes

The European Parliament voted in favor of reforming the (admittedly due to be adjusted) copyright law in Europe. By itself, the new law isn't that controversial and will actually help creators and journalists get their fair share of income from big online players like YouTube and Google News. But don't put your torchlights and pitchforks down just yet. The directive might lead big platforms to implement upload filters to catch copyright infringement before content is published — which could possibly kill GIFs and memes.

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Google will ask European Android users to choose preferred browsers and search engines following EU concerns

Google will ask European Android users to choose preferred browsers and search engines following EU concerns

The EU has been pushing Google to become less monopolistic and more friendly towards competitors for a long time. After a heavy fine, the US company agreed to rework Android licensing in Europe by splitting Chrome and Search from the OS, followed by changes to Google Shopping. With another looming penalty against AdSense, Google and the European Commission now worked out a deal to prompt EU Android users to choose their default browsers and search engines.

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