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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.

European commissioner calls for single data privacy law

Despite recent revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance practices, interest in cloud computing remains very high in Europe. Because of that, Europe needs a single data privacy law to cover the entire European Union, according to Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission and the EU's commissioner for justice.

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.

Chinese telecom gear makers in hot water again

The European Commission is getting ready to impose trade sanctions on Chinese telecom gear makers Huawei and ZTE over what it sees as illegal subsidies, Reuters is reporting. The latest moves might be what is needed for the Chinese government and telecom firms to sit up and take notice.

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.

IDC: Removing barriers to cloud computing could double EU spending by 2020

Removing barriers to cloud computing could more than double spending on public cloud services in Europe, from €35.2 billion currently to €77.8 billion by 2020, according to a study by IDC on behalf of the European Union.