LEADING THE DAY: European Union antitrust officials are investigating whether Apple and major publishing houses are guilty of colluding to cut back competition in the e-book market, the Associated Press reported. In a statement, the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, announced a probe into five publishers — France’s Hachette Livre, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster; Penguin; and Germany’s Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck — and Apple.
The report said that antitrust officials are also looking into the agreements between publishers and e-book retailers that determine prices and the percentages that retailers gain from e-book sales.
HTC, Apple hearing delayed: The International Trade Commission has delayed its target date for completion in investigating claims from Apple that HTC has infringed upon its patents. The case — one of the many ongoing spats between Apple and makers of Android-based phones — has the potential to escalate the conflict between Apple and Google.
Former HP chairman Patricia Dunn dies: Former Hewlett-Packard chairman and board member Patricia Dunn died Sunday at the age of 58, The Washington Post reported. Dunn, who rose from being a typist to an executive, was a controversial figure at HP. She was ousted after being brought up on criminal charges of approving a plan to look into the records of board members, journalists and employees using a method called “pretexting.” The charges against Dunn and the others were ultimately dropped.
E.U. asks U.S. to boost data protection: The European Union has asked the U.S. to bolster is privacy protections to be more in line with the E.U.’s standards, the Associated Press reported. E.U. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said the rise of cloud computing has made it apparent that the U.S. and E.U. must have uniform standards on privacy. The E.U. and U.S. are in talks about a new data protection agreement.
In an earlier interview with The Washington Post, Reding said it was clear that the U.S. and E.U. had “different approaches” to data privacy, and that Americans had to understand that the question of data protection “is not a theoretical one.”
India asks Google, Facebook to screen user content: India’s government has asked companies such as Google and Facebook to screen content from its users for inflammatory content before it is posted online, the New York Times reported. Technology executives speaking to the newspaper anonymously said they have been asked to prescreen the content by Kapil Sibal, India’s acting telecommunications minister. The executives said that their representatives are planning to tell Sibal that this demand is impossible to meet, but that they may attempt to comply with a court order.