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European Council okays new data privacy rules – Now what?

After over a year of debate, lobbying and negotiation, the European Council this week approved its version of the European General Data Protection Regulation, which would replace the decades-old EU Data Protection Directive.

News Scan: EU focuses on mobile regulation; Quip adds spreadsheets to mobile app; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Thursday, Oct. 9, including the EU shifting its regulatory focus from fixed-line to mobile telephony, Quip adds spreadsheets to word processing app, startups will be main source of IoT solutions according to Gartner, Google launches low-priced AndroidOne in India and the shipments of elderly care wearables will double this year according to ABI.

The European Commission's digital agenda

Our European friends are every bit as conflicted over big data as we Americans are. Everyone can see both the benefits and the dangers in big data. It's just that none of us can figure out how to have the one without the other.

News Scan: Microsoft teams with Qualcomm on IoT standards; European regulator clears Telefonica's $11.7B E-Plus buy; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, July 2, including Microsoft joining Qualcomm in an IoT standards group, Telefonica's E-Plus buy approved by European Commission, firms outsourcing mobile marketing efforts due to lack of in-house talent, increase of mobile broadband traffic and China's fastest growing Android phone maker Xiaomi reports 271 percent sales increase.

Will massive robotics initiative create or kill jobs in Europe?

Will a € 2.8 billion investment in the robotics industry in Europe create 240,000  new jobs as hoped, or will it come at the expense of existing workers?

Lack of data privacy rights in US may end European 'Safe Harbour' agreement

The European Commission may suspend the 'Safe Harbour' agreement, which waives restrictions on the transfer of sensitive information to U.S. companies, by the middle of next year if concerns over NSA and other U.S. government snooping are not adequately addressed.

Spying could undermine European trust in U.S. cloud firms, warns EU official

Allegations of widespread U.S. government surveillance could undermine trust that European firms and organizations have in U.S. cloud providers, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars for U.S. firms, warned Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission.

European Commission rules Google's Motorola abused mobile patent dominance

The European Commission issued on Monday a preliminary ruling that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its mobile patent dominance when it tried to get an injunction against Apple's iPhone in Germany.

EU complaint latest in ongoing Microsoft-Google regulatory battle

The Microsoft-backed complaint against Google in Europe is the latest in a tit-for-tat regulatory battle between the two companies. Perhaps it is time for them to focus on their customers, instead of on the courts and regulatory agencies.

FairSearch: Google using Android to monopolize mobile marketplace, control consumer data

Google uses its Android operating system as a "Trojan Horse" to engage in anti-competitive behavior in the mobile marketplace, argued a complaint by FairSearch.org filed on Tuesday with the European Commission.