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The European Parliament approved rules that put an end to geoblocking on e-commerce websites in Europe yesterday. European online shoppers will now be able to have wider cross-border access to products, hotel bookings, car rentals or concert tickets. With 71% of European e-shoppers making cross-border purchases, this is good news. However, critics say it isn’t being implemented fully.

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Apple has disappointed many by slowing older iPhone models down in order to prevent the phones with older batteries from shutting down suddenly. Now, it has been reported by Reuters that the company may face a legal battle in France over the practice of speeding up the aging process of their products to stimulate demand.

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What does Europe need to do to develop itself digitally? The European Council met on the 19 and 20 October to discuss important topics like the future of a digital Europe as well as the EU’s future as a whole. A series of priorities were adopted for Europe to go digital. The focus was on e-government, the Digital Single Market Strategy, infrastructure and communication networks, cyber security, online crime and the taxation system.

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As Great Britain is preparing many, many things for their eminent Brexit from the EU, the British government’s Data Protection Bill, which is supposed to keep Britain in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation has civil liberty groups in an outrage at what some call an attempt to undermine millions of people’s privacy.   When it is debated next week, Liberty, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), and the Race Equality Foundation, are all calling for the House of Lords to remove certain exemptions the UK has included in the bill.

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“The EU Commission is demanding a tax payment of €250 million from Amazon.” This week’s headline is probably causing sleepless nights for Jeff Bezos. Anyhow, the dispute about taxation is a never ending story – especially with regard to large US corporations, which are always finding loopholes to save taxes. Here’s a short look at the current taxation for companies in Europe and future projects in the EU.

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Over the past decade, there has been a fundamental change in postal item flows resulting in the decline of the volume of letters containing correspondence and transactional mail. At the same time, there has been a 2-digit annual growth rate in light weight post items containing merchandise. This has led to distortions created by the cost structures of cross-border postal delivery.

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