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E.U. Facing Cyberattack as Summit Approaches

The E.U. is facing a cyber-attack of unprecedented proportions, a spokesman for the European Commission said yesterday. The attack began earlier this week, as the Commission prepared for a summit during which a military response in Libya, among other topics, is expected to be discussed. This ain't exactly the E.U.'s first time at the cyber-attack rodeo; E.U. computers are attacked frequently....

Google Wants Swiss Government to Lift Restrictions on Street View

Google's ongoing legal battle with European regulators has shifted to Switzerland. Today, the company asked a Swiss court to lift restrictions on its Street View service that have been in place for more than a year. The curbs were originally implemented in response to demands from authorities and privacy advocates, who claimed that the feature violated individual rights to privacy. Speaking...

Hacker Takes Over Sarkozy's Facebook Account, Says What France Wants to Hear

Yesterday evening, a hacker seized control of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Facebook account, and posted a message that many disgruntled Frenchmen have been dying to hear: "Dear compatriots, given the exceptional circumstances our country is experiencing, I have decided in my spirit and conscience not to run for office again at the end of my mandate in 2012." The fake post then extended an...

Facebook Secretly Gave Illegal Profile Access to Italian Police, Report Claims

Italy's L'Espresso is reporting today that Facebook has signed a secret agreement with Italian police, giving them unfettered and potentially illegal access to user profiles. According to what the paper calls "reliable" sources, the agreement allowed 400 police officers to gather information on Italian Facebook members suspected of identity theft, phishing scams and possession of child...

France to Offer Government Subsidies for Music Purchased Online

There are very few things this writer loves about France, but here are two: government-subsidized healthcare, and, now, government-subsidized music. That's right, the country of Debussy and Gainsbourg will now (partially) pay for its young citizens' digital music. As the BBC reports, the new program is aimed at encouraging French youth to get in the habit of actually paying for music. From now...

Google Lets Germans Erase Their Homes on Street View

In response to protests from privacy advocates in Europe's most populous country, Google is now allowing Germans to completely erase their homes from the company's Street View feature -- but only for a limited time. In an unprecedented move, Google has decided to give Germans until September 15th to fully "opt-out" of Street View. Should a German user choose to nix the service, which is...

Europe Surpasses Asia, Becomes World's Leading Producer of Spam

Forget its tumbling currency and stagnant labor market. Europe has another issue far more important: spam. Lots and lots of spam. According to a recently released report from security firm Sophos, the Old World has just surpassed Asia as the world's leading spam continent, accounting for more than a third of all junk e-mail sent during the second quarter of 2010. Among individual European...

Google Agrees to Turn Over Wi-Fi Data to European Regulators

A few weeks ago Google admitted that it had inadvertently collected personal data being sent over Wi-Fi networks as its Street View cars made their way around the globe. Google collected certain data to identify networks and locations for later processing of the images it captured, however the company sucked up some extra data. Google simply wanted to erase the data and move on, but European...

U.S. and E.U. Join Forces to Fight Cybercrime

Cybercrime spans the entire globe, and, until now, there's been little collaboration between nations when it comes to combating international networks of hackers. The Wall Street Journal reports on the newly formed European Electronic Crime Task Force -- a Rome-headquartered effort between the United States and the European Union. The group is backed by the muscle of the U.S. Secret Service, an...

Exterior, Pedestrian-Friendly Airbags Under Development for Cars

In America, we worry extensively about crash-test ratings for cars, which determine how likely automobile passengers are to survive a given impact, but in Europe that concern is extending to those outside the vehicle. Already, some European laws have mandated that new features designed specifically to protect pedestrians be outfitted in cars by 2012. One such feature, currently under...

Researchers Unveil 'Unbreakable Encryption'

Call us devilish, but we just can't help but love these types of stories. Here we have yet another overly confident group of researchers grossly underestimating the collective power of the hacking underground, as gurus from all across Europe have joined together to announce "the first commercial communication network using unbreakable encryption based on quantum cryptography." Interestingly...

Americans Adopting Next Gen Phones Faster Than Europeans

If comScore's data is to believed then the US has done the unthinkable and passed Western Europe (aka, old Europe right Donnie?) in terms of 3G adoption. 28.4% of American mobile cellphone subscribers north of that southern land mass with a similar sounding name now sport 3G devices compared to a measly 28.3% average for Europe's largest countries. That's an 80% surge in the US last year even...

Emotional Robot Has Empathy, Understands Your Frustration

Not that robots with emotions are anything new, but a project going on in Europe could perfect the art of crafting mechanical people that can "learn when a person is sad, happy or angry." The Feelix Growing project is getting even more advanced with software that gives robots the power to understand how a person is feeling based on feedback from cameras and sensors. The bots look at a human's...

iPhone Expanding to Italy, Spain, and Switzerland?

While Americans have been lovingly showing off their iPhones since the end of June of last year, Apple fans in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom were only recently given the opportunity to buy their phones this past November. The rest of Europe is still (officially) out of luck. Now, though, it looks as though that's finally about to change, with talk of other members of the European...

By Next Year, 50 Percent of European Calls Will Be on Cell Phones

According to Analysys, a European telecommunications and IT consulting firm, half of all calls made in Europe in 2008 will originate from mobile phones. Cellular calls have been replacing landline communication at an amazing rate in the European Union (EU). In fact calls made from mobile phones accounted for just a few hundredths of a point shy of 75 percent of calls in Finland in 2006. In...