Google News Is Shutting Down in Spain – A Bad Day For Citizens, Online Innovation and Publishers Themselves

Today we learnt that Google will shut down its ‘Google News’ service this year in Spain. This is just one consequence of the introduction in Spain of an ancillary copyright levy (known as the ‘AEDE levy’) affecting online services (apps and websites). In a nutshell, if an online service uses short snippets to link to…

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The Sky Is Truly Rising For The Luxury Goods Market, Study Says

Brussels – The Computer & Communication Industry Association has released the fourth study in the “The Sky is Rising” series focusing on the Internet’s economic impact on the luxury goods sector. The study explains how Internet technologies support the growth of the luxury goods market allowing companies new forms of marketing, sales and consumer engagement.…

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Scrutinizing Patent Trolls: What Competition Enforcers are Doing

Update: Can’t make it to today’s “Scrutinizing Patent Trolls” event in person? We’ll be streaming it! You can watch it live at: www.visualwebcaster.com/paepart2 Scrutinizing Patent Trolls: What Competition Enforcers Are Doing with special keynote address by FTC Commissioner Julie Brill Wednesday, December 10th  The National Press Club 1:30pm to 3:30pm At last year’s successful event “Competition Law…

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Digital Technologies Are The Biggest Opportunity For Cultural Industries And Creativity, Paper Says

Brussels – The Computer & Communication Industry Association, together with the European Digital Media Association, has released the paper “Technology is Culture” illustrating how the Internet and innovation act as enablers for creative industries. The paper explains how Internet technologies support the growth of creativity, cultural diversity and an unprecedented access to works. In tune…

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New Council President can steer Europe towards Digital Leadership

Donald Tusk today takes office as President of the European Council representing the 28 EU Member States.  This inauguration completes the EU’s five year leadership change. Mr Tusk’s challenges won’t be easy.  The EU is steering towards a lost decade, still struggling with weak economic recovery and high unemployment.  Business as usual is not an…

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EU Parliament Passes Resolution To Pressure EC to Consider Unbundling Search Services

Brussels – The European Parliament has passed a measure asking the European Commission to consider unbundling search engines from other commercial services. The move is seen as a political one after a lengthy independent investigation of Google by the European Commission did not satisfy the company’s critics. For more than 40 years, the Computer &…

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President Obama Announces Executive Action Including Some Measures For Skilled Workers

Washington — President Obama announced his administration’s executive action on immigration Thursday evening in a prime- time address. The President seeks to streamline employment-based immigration programs, including making it easier for entrepreneurs to obtain visas and for foreign students studying engineering or technology at US universities to participate in existing training programs after graduation. The…

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The New Commission Must Make Online Sales Restrictions A Priority

Completing the digital single market to support Europe’s increasingly connected economy will be a top priority for the new Juncker-led Commission. While Commission officials embark upon formulating new policies aimed at invigorating the digital economy, increased attention should be paid to the very practical obstacles blocking a healthy online economy and harming small businesses and…

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