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Microsoft fined $731m by Europe after browser ballot bungle
One significant but small oversight cost Microsoft dearly after it allegedly inadvertently flouted an earlier antitrust ruling that forced the software giant to offer a choice of browsers to Windows users in Europe.
Microsoft was forced to shell out $731 million by the European Union after it failed to bundle the "browser ballot" screen, which allows users in the region to choose a browser of their choice in the latest version of Windows. The software giant said it took "full responsibility for the technical error."
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Controversial cybersecurity CISPA bill rises from the ashes, buried in Senate
Considered one of the biggest privacy infringing bills in living memory by some — and even members of the Senate agreed. In April, the controversial bill was struck down by the Senate after passing the House. The bill would have allowed private sector companies — such as Silicon Valley giants — to pass "cyber threat" data, including personal user data, to the U.S. government without informing users or the government requiring a warrant.
EU to outlaw online throttling and site-blocking under net neutrality plan
A big win for European internet users landed in June when a new proposal by the European Commission announced that internet providers operating in the 28 member state bloc would no longer be allowed to block, throttle, or degrade access to services that rival their own. Granted, it doesn't mean that pirate websites and other illegal sites are safe, but it is paves the way for "net neutrality" in the region.
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