Articles about Europe

Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

The skeleton of a six-year-old infant unearthed in Austria is challenging the theory that syphilis was imported into Europe from the New World by the ship's crew of Christopher Columbus. The Austrian skeleton in its grave The well-preserved remains (above) were found in a cemetery in St. Pölten, some 65km west of Vienna, by …
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2015
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'Safe Harbor': People in Europe 'can get quite litigious about this'

Both small and large US data centre companies are walking "headlong into a legislative buzzsaw" following a landmark 'Safe Harbor' ruling this week, the founder of database software company NuoDB, Barry Morris, has said. On Tuesday the European Court of Justice struck down the 15-year-old "Safe Harbor" pact, invalidating the …
Kat Hall, 08 Oct 2015

Europe's digital grand fromage Oettinger: I'm not resigning

Europe's Digital Commissioner, Günther H-dot Oettinger, has denied rumours that he is to step down from his post. Oettinger, who has been in the job for just a year, said on Thursday that the rumours that he is to quit the Commission for a position in the private sector were unfounded. The gaffe-prone Günther was formerly …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Oct 2015
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Time to lop off Europe's confusing IT rules, says pressure group

EU lawmakers will be pressed for clearer rules on software licensing, support contracts from IT vendors, and intellectual property by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). The group has formed a strategic relationship with the non-profit Free ICT Europe to lobby Brussels to shift the balance of power away from major IT firms …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Oct 2015
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Police in US, Europe raid homes of supersnoop Droidjack RAT suspects

Police across Europe have raided homes of suspected users of Droidjack, a strain of Android malware. Cops in the US, UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland were all involved in the operation against Droidjack users. Details are so far sketchy and no arrests have been reported. DroidJack is a remote access Trojan which …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2015
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Europe yawns at EU robo-commish Ansip's digital plans

Eurocrats' proposals to change how Europe's independent TV and film makers do business aren't needed – according to the EU's own research, released on one of the quietest Fridays of the year. The European Commission wants to force the producers to outlaw territorial licensing as part of its "digital single market" strategy. …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2015
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Equinix moves into Europe by slurping up Telecity

Data centre outfit Equinix is enlarging its presence in Europe by gobbling up UK-based Telecity for £2.3bn, with the deal adding a further 39 European data centres to the US-based company's existing empire of 100. Equinix chief executive Stephen Smith said the announcement was an "exciting day for the stakeholders of both …
Kat Hall, 29 May 2015

Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

A letter sent to the US Congress by over 50 members of the European Parliament has hit back at claims of "digital protectionism" emanating from the United States. Sent on Wednesday, the letter [PDF] takes issue with criticisms from President Obama and Congress over how the EU is devising new laws for the digital era. "We are …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2015
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Europe seeks a few good geeks for hacking cars and homes

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) responsible for researching computing threats to the continent has widened its remit to include checking out car and smart building hacking. ENISA has decided on its 2016 work schedule and, as well as its continuing job looking for security holes and best …
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2015

ICANN speak clearly now .gay has gone – Council of Europe

An alliance of 47 countries has called on ICANN to respect privacy and freedom of expression when allocating top level domains. The Council of Europe (CoE) has no legal power to force ICANN to change its procedures, but does have official observer status with ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). ICANN (the Internet …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Jun 2015

Europe targeted as Alibaba's cloudy world domination plans take shape

Expansion-hungry Alibaba is set to increase the global reach of its cloudy biz Aliyun by opening a data centre in Europe, a senior hand has told El Reg. Derek Wang, chief architect of Aliyun's international cloud business, said the company intends to announce expansion plans into both the European and South-east Asian markets …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2015

The UK IS better than Europe, FACT! (at implementing cybersecurity measures)

Cloudsec Initial analysis of the European cybercrime scene shown to The Register suggests a growing concern about the threat from targeted attacks, with British enterprises significantly ahead of their European counterparts in terms of cybersecurity measures. The research, commissioned by Trend Micro to better appreciate the security …

Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

Analysis Efforts to pass a range of amendments that would have strengthened net neutrality legislation failed on Tuesday in the European Parliament, leading to the question: what now for Europe? First up: the reality. All the proposed amendments failed with a significant majority against them. It was roughly 440 against 240 for each …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Oct 2015

Web giants, Sir Tim slam Europe's net neutrality rules on eve of vote

Netflix, Reddit, Tumblr, Kickstarter and other tech companies, as well as the creator of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, are urging European politicians not to vote in favor of net neutrality regulations on Tuesday. Both have sent letters highlighting a number of "loopholes" that have been introduced as the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2015

Europe talks to hackers, security bods on Wassenaar recalibration

Speaking at a roundtable meeting on export controls on Wednesday, Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake said that she and other lawmakers were working to avoid "some of the unintended consequences of the Wassenaar Arrangement." That's the arrangement between various nations on the export of weapons and arms, which includes software used …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Sep 2015

Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

Analysis Today's victory by Austrian privacy advocate Max Schrems in the European Court has massive repercussions for how the superpowers make law, and how Silicon Valley conducts business. And it may only get worse for America's data processing giants, very soon. Microsoft is challenging the notion that the world's data is by default …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Oct 2015
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Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany

Qualified IT worker? Fancy working in Europe? Come on over... but only to the UK, Italy and Germany. According to a new report funded by the European Commission, the number of ICT jobs in Europe is growing by about 4 per cent per year. But the number of suitably skilled workers is not keeping pace and by 2015, it predicts a …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Oct 2014
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Council of Europe: Don't spy on your staff, you naughty employers

Private electronic communications at work should not be monitored under any circumstances says the Council of Europe (not-an-EU-institution™). The organisation, which has 47 signatory countries, issued its latest recommendation on privacy at work to update its previous advice, which dates from 1989. You can't accuse them of …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Apr 2015
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Is streaming pirate video legal? Europe's highest court will take a look

Fresh from tearing up the safe harbor framework, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will take a look at the complex issue of online video streaming. A Dutch court has asked the ECJ to review a number of questions over the legality of streaming content in a case in which an anti-piracy group is suing an online store for its …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2015
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Who will be Europe's privacy champion? Oh, go on then, Mr Deputy

After a false start last year, Europe has finally found someone to be its new data protection chief. Members of the European Parliament voted on Tuesday night to make Giovanni Buttarelli the European Data Protection Supervisor; he was, until now, deputy supervisor. Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski will take over as his assistant. …
Jennifer Baker, 21 Oct 2014

'Hypocritical' Europe is just as bad as the USA for data protection

Europe is being hypocritical by derailing the Safe Harbour data protection agreement - because its own protections for citizens against indiscriminate surveillance are worse than the USA’s. That’s the view of one expert on international data protection law at a meeting held by European competition group iComp today. Dr Ian …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2015
'Broken Copyright'

MEPs gear up to vote on Europe's copyright 'black spot' report

On Thursday, MEPs will make their opinions on copyright in Europe known – by voting on Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda’s review of the information society directive, aka the foundations of Europe's copyright rules in the internet age. You'll be forgiven for thinking that this vote will directly change the EU's rules on copyright. …
Jennifer Baker, 08 Jul 2015

Oi, Europe: join in the sharing economy fun, yells

Blighty is demanding Europe make it easier for sharing economy companies by cracking down on those spoilsport member states who "unlawfully" get in their way, said today in a "non-paper" on the subject. "We need a measured approach: putting a hold on reactive bans which don’t recognise the reality of internet-enabled …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2015
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Europe's Asteroid prang probe plan calls for cubesats

The European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to include cubesats in the design of its planned Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM). Cubesats are 10cm3 modules that mostly use commercial-off-the-shelf electronics. Most don't include any propulsion, instead relying on being released into space to do their jobs. That approach makes the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Nov 2015

'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage

Netflix was struck by what appeared to be a fairly significant 90-minute outage on its streaming service late on Friday night that affected folk across Europe. The company coughed to problems with its network at around 9:30pm UK time last night. We're aware of members in Europe having trouble streaming on some devices. We …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014
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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee calls for net neutrality in Europe

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, HTTP server visionary and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, has penned a blog post on the European Commission web site titled Net neutrality is critical for Europe's future. Sir Tim defines net neutrality as “ the principle that each ‘packet’ of data must be treated equally by the network” and says …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2015
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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

Facebook's Brussels lobbyist Richard Allan took to the pages of the Pink 'Un on Wednesday morning to have a good old moan about "multiple" EU nations digging around the free content ad network's data-slurping biz practices. He complained that the actions of national privacy watchdogs within the 28-member-state bloc posed a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Apr 2015
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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

The UK wing of online retail giant Amazon collapsed within the past hour, and netizens across Europe appear to be reporting similar outage woes. Outraged shoppers are – at time of writing – complaining that the service has completely buckled. Hui. #Amazon ist wirklich #down. Irre. — Wolfram Bölte …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2015

EU digi bloke: Come ON Europe, you're not TRYING ENOUGH

The EU’s digi-veep says European industry has been too slow in making use of mobile tech, social media, cloud and Big Data. Speaking at the Bruegel Institute in Monday, Andrus Ansip said that less than two per cent of EU companies make full use of such technologies and “about 40 per cent do not use any at all.” Some of that …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Sep 2015

Europe's digital chief wants China's help on standardising 5G

MWC 2015 Europe’s digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger wants China’s help in deploying 5G. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Oettinger laid out his “grand vision” for 5G, saying that his “ambitious strategy” will give the EU a strong voice in international deals to set 5G standards. “The EU industry has a major role …
Jennifer Baker, 03 Mar 2015
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Accused Aussie game hacker flees to Europe ahead of trial

An Australian man facing 25 hacking charges has fled to Europe ahead of a court hearing for his alleged involvement in an international hacking operation targeting Microsoft, Valve, Epic, and the US Army, according to reports. The 19 year-old Perth man, who cannot be named as he was arrested as a juvenile in May 2013, is alleged …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2015

Rocket Kittens target defence and IT bods from Europe & Israel

A seemingly state-sponsored hacking crew has compromised systems in several organisations in Israel and Europe, according to new research by Trend Micro. The so-called Rocket Kitten group has targeted defence and IT industries, government entities and academic institutions. Victims include civilian and academic organisations in …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015

US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

Freemium mobile network FreedomPop has set its sights on Europe. The LA-based company has signed a deal with BASE, a subsidiary of Dutch telco and MVNO-lover KPN. It will launch in Belgium and then plans to expand to the UK, Germany, France and Spain. In the US FreedomPop’s model starts with a base price of $0 for 200 minutes …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jul 2014
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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

Apple, Microsoft, HP and other cloud giants are begging Europe for help to stop US feds seizing customers’ data from servers on the Continent. A policy paper [PDF] published on Friday by DigitalEurope – which represents the above goliaths – urged the European Commission to wade into an ongoing legal fight between Uncle Sam and …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Nov 2014
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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

Samsung will hit the eject button on its the European PC business after deciding its low sales volumes simply aren't worth the cost. The move will not surprise industry types as earlier this year the chaebol exited the entry-level notebook segment in the Euro region – to concentrate on premium portables including Ultrabooks. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2014

We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

The BBC has decided that the EU's controversial “right to be forgotten” diktat won't succeed in making its news stories vanish from Google. To get around Google's Euro memory hole, which has resulted in the Chocolate Factory getting 270,000 requests to drop search search links, the UK national broadcaster has decided to list any …

Now even EUROPE is slapping down ICANN in internet power struggle

European governments and internet registries have sent a stinging message to the board of domain name overseer ICANN warning it to stop trying to avoid limits on its absolute authority. At a joint meeting in Brussels of the European Commission's High Level Group on Internet Governance (HLIG) and the Council of European …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Oct 2015

Ingram Micro: Damn you Europe for our ghastly margins

Weaker margins in Europe due to forex losses and cut-throat retail pricing was the only major blip in an otherwise decent end to the calendar 2014 for Ingram Micro. It was not a vintage year though. Sales in Q4 bounced 18 per cent to $13.95bn: Technology and Other Solutions grew ten per cent to $11.2bn and Mobility shot up 60 …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015

Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

Comment Expect more bland Europop and formulaic Hollywood blockbusters in your future if a proposal by European Commissioner Andrus Ansip are implemented, cultural industries in smaller European states say. Groups predict that European culture will look a lot less diverse if the robotic single market Kommissar succeeds in forcing pan- …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2015

Angry Austrian could turn Europe against the US - thanks to data

In a David versus Goliath battle, an Austrian law student may topple the biggest EU-US data sharing deal when he gets his day in court in a couple of weeks' time. Max Schrems, who set up the Europe v Facebook group, alleges that Facebook violated the so-called safe harbour agreement which protects EU citizens' privacy. He says …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Mar 2015

Europe drags, as Accenture posts steady growth

Outsourcing giant Accenture posted a yearly sales increase of five per cent to $7.5bn (£5bn) for its second quarter results, highlighting its "digital" investments as a reason for the consistent growth. However, its European revenue dropped by two per cent to $2.66bn (£1.8bn). The company singled out France, Germany, Spain and …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015

Microsoft's Azure cloud goes a bit wobbly in West Europe

Admins in Microsoft's Azure cloud data centre for West Europe in Amsterdam, Netherlands, have spent the morning battling severe problems in the gear that supports Redmond's main cloud service. Problems with the core Compute and Storage components were first reported at 9:39am UTC on Thursday, according to the Windows Azure …
Jack Clark, 01 May 2014
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Europe's Google wrangle: PLEASE, DOMINANT Mr Schmidt? More?

The European Commission apparently wants Google to make even more changes to its web search results, beyond those that Brussels has already requested. Brussels and Google are trying to reach a settlement following claims the advertising giant unfairly dominates the search market in Europe. The US goliath's rivals allege that …
Iain Thomson, 09 Sep 2014
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Europe just flew titchy reusable SPACEPLANE IXV around the planet

Video Europe's first reusable spaceplane has had a successful flight, traveling 413km (256 miles) above the Earth before splashing down on the other side of the planet. The delayed Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane lifted off from ESA's spaceport in French Guiana at 1340 GMT on Tuesday heading east atop a three- …
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2015

On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

Analysis This really wasn’t in the script. All conquering, “disruptive” Silicon Valley companies were more powerful than any nation state, we were told, and governments and nations would submit to their norms. But now the dam that Max Schrems cracked last week has burst open as European companies seek to nail down local alternatives to …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2015

Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

A Google lawyer says Europeans spied on by the NSA should get the same rights as Americans – such as the right to sue the US government for privacy invasions. David Drummond, chief legal officer for the information-harvesting monster (Google), published a blog post on Wednesday titled "It’s time to extend the US Privacy Act to …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Nov 2014
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Europe rubber-stamps IBM Lufthansa outsourcing gig

The European Commission has given IBM the green light to splash $1.25bn on Lufthansa's tech infrastructure wing. As part of the deal, which includes an outsourcing agreement, the airline will split its subsidiary, Lufthansa Systems, into three companies, offloading the infrastructure division to Big Blue. "The Commission …
Kat Hall, 18 Dec 2014

Say cheese! Europe's antitrust chief has Google boss in her sights – reports

If reports are to be believed, Google big boy Eric Schmidt is to meet Europe's new competition chief for the first time soon, in an effort to sort out the long-running court case against the Chocolate Factory and avoid a possibly substantial fine. Reuters has quoted "sources" saying the antitrust boss would meet with Schmidt …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015

As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

The European Commissioner overseeing the drafting of Europe’s new copyright law appears so far to mainly be listening to content creators as the process goes on. Digi Commissioner Günther H-dot Oettinger held three recent “stakeholder” meetings to gather opinions as he draws up the legislation. Despite requests from El Reg, …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Mar 2015

Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

Brazil is moving ahead with plans to build an "anti-NSA" internet cable to Europe, even though it won't make the slightest difference to spying efforts. Francisco Ziober Filho, president of state-run telecoms company Telebras, announced earlier this week that the company will form a joint venture with Spain's IslaLink to run the …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Oct 2014