European parliament votes in favor of breaking up Google

In a vote on Thursday, European Parliament members voted 384 to 174 in favor of a resolution that calls for the unbundling of search engines from other commercial services to ensure competition among online companies. Although Google is not named specifically in the resolution, it's clearly targeted at the dominant search engine.

The resolution would still have to be approved by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, to take effect, but the overwhelming vote in favor of separating search from other online products increases the likelihood that Google could face a major regulatory headache.

In a press release, the European Parliament called on EU member states and the European Commission to “break down barriers to the growth of the EU's digital single market” (a “single market” refers to the EU as an association of 28 countries trading freely between each other without restrictions). The Parliament also “stressed the need to prevent online companies from abusing dominant positions.”

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Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling


Uber suspended operations in Nevada late Wednesday, after a Washoe County District Court judge granted the state's request for a court order blocking the ride-sharing service. The judge said Uber's refusal to comply with state laws regulating commercial motor carriers and passenger transportation services could put the public's safety at risk

Nevada's attorney general filed a lawsuit last month arguing that the Internet application matching riders with drivers using personal cars for a fee infringes on the franchise rights of taxi companies and cabdrivers serving fare-paying passengers under state oversight. Washoe District Judge Scott Freeman granted the state's request for a preliminary injunction pending a future trial. Read more...

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Stop-motion toy cars race in high-octane video


There is nothing more exciting than a high-octane car race — even if those cars can fit in the palm of your hand.

YouTube stop-motion artist ForrestFire101 created video of a thrilling, deadly race that hearkens back to Speed Racer or Death Race 2000, complete with stunts, gadgets and plenty of explosions. The artist got attention earlier this year for his Lego Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

The video features Anki Drive cars, which are app-controlled vehicles that players can race against each other. Each car has its own personality, perks and virtual weapons, and players can customize them as they level up. Anki Drive works with both iOS and Android devices; the company launched at an Apple keynote in 2013. Read more...

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Daily Telegraph, LA Times and more


LONDON — Numerous publications have have their sites hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, causing some visitors to be presented with a popup telling them "you've been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army."

In the UK, websites for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, OK! magazine and the London Evening Standard were affected.

A part of our website run by a third-party was compromised earlier today. We've removed the component. No Telegraph user data was affected.

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) November 27, 2014

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Twitter Experiments With Engagement Stats Directly In Tweets

tweet-analytics Want to know just how many people actually care about what you’re tweeting? A new Twitter experiment spotted by ex-Twitter platform head Ryan Sarver will show many you how users are clicking on the links in the updates you post, with a handy link directly in the expanded Tweet view in the iOS application. As usual with Twitter’s features, this is limited to a small sample pool of… Read More

Fitbit gearing up to expand to India, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan next year (Lorraine Luk/Wall Street Journal)

Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Fitbit gearing up to expand to India, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan next year  —  Fitbit Gears Up for Asia Expansion  —  San Francisco-based fitness tracking company Fitbit is gearing up for an expansion in Asia by making its way into India, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan next year.