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MH17: Bodies arrive in Kharkiv as EU discusses new sanctions live updates

EU foreign ministers to weigh new sanctions against RussiaRecovery teams receive trains carrying bodies Five die in heavy fighting in Donetsk UN security council demands access to crash sitePrevious live coverage Continue reading…
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EU blacklists Vladimir Putin’s ‘cronies’ as David Cameron calls for arms ban

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Philip Hammond: I would still vote to leave Europe

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Apple lets parents down over in-app purchases, says EU

Apple hits back at claim it has offered ‘no concrete and immediate solutions’ to problem of unauthorised spending

The European commission (EC) has praised Google but criticised Apple over the steps both companies are taking to ensure children don’t spend money on in-app purchases (IAP) without their parents’ permission.

The EC has been working with consumer protection bodies in its member states, as well as app store owners, to improve their policies following controversies and concerns around the use of IAP in apps and games played by children.

“These include not using the word “free” at all when games contain in-app purchases, developing targeted guidelines for its app developers to prevent direct exhortation to children as defined under EU law and time-framed measures to help monitor apparent breaches of EU consumer laws. It has also adapted its default settings, so that payments are authorised prior to every in-app purchase, unless the consumer actively chooses to modify these settings.”

“Although, regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns linked in particular to payment authorisation, Apple has proposed to address those concerns. However, no firm commitment and no timing have been provided for the implementation of such possible future changes. CPC authorities will continue to engage with Apple to ensure that it provides specific details of changes required and put its practices into line with the common position.”

“The parental controls in iOS are strong, intuitive and customisable. And over the last year we made sure any app which enables customers to make in-app purchases is clearly marked. Weve also created a Kids Section on the App Store with even stronger protections to cover apps designed for children younger than 13.”

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Posted in Android, Apple, Apps, Children's tech, Computing, Digital media, European Commission, European Union, Google, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Media, Regulators, Smartphones, Tablet computers, Technology, World news | Comments Off

Juncker and Cameron’s high-five defuses awkwardness at meeting

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EU power struggle over foreign policy chief role ends in deadlock

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Going, going Gove: PM axes friend in reshuffle after toxic poll warning

Education secretary demoted to role of chief whip in reshuffle that promoted women at all levels of governmentDavid Cameron gave a ruthless display of prime ministerial power on Tuesday when he demoted his close friend and ally Michael Gove, as he remo…
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Israel approves Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire with Hamas

Security cabinet agrees to plan calling for Israel not to invade Gaza and for Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets

Israel has agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas. The plan put forward by Cairo starts with a “de-escalation” that was due to begin at 6am on Tuesday and raises hopes of serious international engagement in the crisis amid growing concern about bloodshed in Gaza.

Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian proposals at a meeting on Tuesday morning, the Reuters news agency reported. But the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, earlier appeared to reject the text, calling it “an initiative of kneeling and submission” and declaring the battle would continue.

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Juncker expected to be confirmed as European commission president

Endorsement of former Luxembourg PM will be followed by summit to fill other top EU jobsJean-Claude Juncker, the controversial choice to head the EU executive for the next five years, is expected to be confirmed as the next president of the European co…
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