The Circuit: E.U. expected to charge Microsoft over browser choice

E.U. expected to charge Microsoft over browser: The European Union is expected to charge Microsoft for not offering browser choices to those who use the Windows operating system. According to a report from Reuters, regulators are expected to fine Microsoft before the end of the month, though an unnamed source “familiar with the matter” told the news agency that the fine could be delayed by procedural issues.

Google to be called by CNIL: French data protection regulators said they will call on Google to speak to data watchdogs about the company’s privacy policy.

According to a translated version of the statement from Bloomberg, regulators indicated that they are preparing for “repressive action” against the company.

Google told Bloomberg that it respects European law and will cooperate with the investigation. The company has said that it believes the privacy policy, which unifies over 60 Google services under the same policy, fully complies with European data privacy laws.

Bradley Manning pleads guilty: Army private Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to charges that he was the source of leaked information provided to Wikileaks, and explained his motive for doing so, The Washington Post reported.

Manning said: “We were risking so much for people who seemed unwilling to cooperate with us” and that these actions were spawning “frustration and hatred on both sides.”

“I became depressed,” he said.

Manning is expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison for his plea, the report said. A June trial is scheduled for Manning on other charges in the case, including aiding the enemy and violating the Espionage Act.

Nationals introduce smart card system: The Nationals have introduced a smart card system that partly eliminates the need for paper ticketing, The Washington Post reported.

The “Ultimate Ballpark Access” card will be available to season ticketholders and allow users to get into games by waving their cards over an RFID reader similar to the technology used in Metro’s SmarTrip cards. It will also be able to track the purchasing habits of cardholders while they’re in the park, including what they eat.

The Nationals will use the system to link loyalty rewards for seat upgrades, discounts on food and specials on merchandise.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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