Stories by Paul Meller

Skype calls' immunity to police phone tapping threatened

Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown on what law authorities believe is a massive technical loophole in current wiretapping laws, allowing criminals to communicate without fear of being overheard by the police.

EU wants to take lead in 'Web 3.0' technology

European Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding won glowing praise for her vision of the Internet 3.0 Monday from Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the Web and now Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist.

EC proposes text messaging cap on mobiles abroad

Having slashed the price consumers pay for calling on their mobile phones while abroad, the European Commission showed on Tuesday how it plans to do the same thing to the price for sending texts and downloading material from the Internet while abroad.

Intel faces new EU antitrust charges

The European Commission is about to slap new antitrust charges on Intel, this time for trying to squeeze rival chip maker Advanced Micro Devices out of some of Europe's most important technology retail stores, according to a person familiar with the situation.

EU drafts guidelines for RFID technologies

The European Commission has sketched out guidelines designed to help get RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies up and running in the European Union, but stopped short of proposing formal legislation in the area.

Microsoft won't appeal European antitrust ruling

Microsoft has decided not to appeal last month's appeal ruling against it from the Court of First Instance (CFI) and has finally agreed to comply with the European Commission's 2004 antitrust ruling that sparked the company's appeal.

Microsoft loses appeal against EU antitrust ruling

Microsoft Corp. failed Monday in its bid to overturn a European Commission antitrust ruling against it, when the European Union's second highest court dismissed the company's appeal and ordered it to pay the bulk of the Commission's legal expenses.

Rivals slam Vista on antitrust grounds

As Microsoft gears up for the consumer launch of Vista, rivals slammed the new product, claiming that it breaks the very same European antitrust laws that its operating-system predecessor, XP, fell foul of in 2004, and that it will be riddled with bugs.

Intel up before the Euro beak

European Commission antitrust officials investigating computer chip maker Intel presented what they believe is a watertight argument for prosecuting the firm to an internal panel of so-called devil's advocates on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the investigation.