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British Scientists Are Flipping Out About Brexit

Britain is saying goodbye to the European Union, a monumental decision that’s triggering some serious alarm bells among the country’s researchers. Here’s why they have a right to be worried.

Google Searches Suggest Many In UK Don't Understand Brexit

You may have heard the news that the UK voted to leave the EU, which sent the global markets plunging and led to the resignation of the prime minister. But there’s more! Google Trends suggests that many people in the UK still aren’t sure what passing “Brexit” even means.

Robots In Europe Could Become 'Electronic Persons' 

Machines are taking over the world, and some members of the European Parliament aren’t very happy about it. Robots in the EU may soon be classed as “electronic persons” if the Parliament adopts a new set of rules on robotics.

The Number Of Stars On The EU Flag Means Absolutely Nothing

This week, the United Kingdom votes on whether or not it will remain in the European Union. It’s being called the Brexit, which is just awful. But if the UK does leave, what happens to the stars on the EU flag? Nothing — because the number of stars means nothing.

Europe's Parliament Just Voted To Grant Asylum To Edward Snowden

Well this is something. After years of pressure from activists, the European Parliament just passed a resolution urging its member states to offer protection to Edward Snowden. That would mean dropping all charges against the whistleblower and shielding him from extradition to the United States.

Google Vs The EU: A Fight For The Right To Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world”, because, holy crap, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. The EU’s new lawsuit against the search giant brings up larger issues.

Silent But Deadly: EU Wants Electric Cars To Add Sounds For Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who’s ever had a near-miss with a Prius.

Google's New Privacy Policy Violates EU Law

On BBC Radio this morning, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said that the EU had investigated Google’s new Privacy Policy — which gives Google access to the activity of all its users across all its services — and found that it was in violation of privacy laws.

The Netherlands Looks To Take The Lead In Rational Copyright Legislation

US copyright laws are designed to protect the “fair use” of copyrighted content such as mash-ups and remixes — or they were, at least, until the advent of DMCA Takedown Notices. The Dutch government has taken notes on America’s IP failures and is reportedly looking to explicitly protect such DMCA fodder, much to the chagrin of the European Union.

EU Investigating Samsung Over Unfair Lawsuits

When Samsung went on a patent lawsuit spree last year in the European courts, they may have reneged on an agreement they gave the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to license any “essential patents” to competitors “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms. So now the EU is investigating Samsung on suspicion that they distorted competition in the mobile market. Fun!

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