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EU fines Microsoft €561 million for not giving users a browser choice

EU fines Microsoft €561 million for not giving users a browser choice | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Microsoft's "technical error" violated antitrust agreement for more than a year.
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The browser wars are never really over:

"European regulators today fined Microsoft €561 million (or $732 million) for failing to offer Windows users a choice of Web browsers as the company had been required to do.

A previous antitrust agreement required Microsoft to present users a choice of Web browsers in addition to its own Internet Explorer, such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Microsoft did so for most versions of Windows, but an apparent accident caused the browser ballot to be stripped out of Windows 7 when its first service pack was released.

Microsoft admitted to the mistake last year, attributing it to a "technical error." The browser ballot screen was missing on Windows 7 from May 2011 until July 2012, although users could still change their default browser in Windows settings. Microsoft confirmed the mistake and distributed a software fix after EU officials notified the company of reports that users weren't being offered the browser choice."

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Iran, Europe, nuclear energy: one year after Fukushima

Iran, Europe, nuclear energy: one year after Fukushima | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Iran, Europe, nuclear energy: one year after Fukushima | Having rocked the whole of Europe, the Fukushima atomic disaster sparked widespread reassessments concerning the future of nuclear energy in Germany and France.
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Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim

Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Study says EU-grown rapeseed biodiesel falls under 35% marker, adding weight to calls to end food biofuels...
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