Vienna’s commercial court has decided it’s not the right place to adjudicate a massive and unprecedented class action suit over Facebook(s fb)’s alleged breaking of European privacy law. As Network World reported on Friday, the court said the suit should be heard in a nearby court that deals with civil cases. Max Schrems, the man orchestrating the suit, told me this was because the case straddled the line between contract and data protection issues, and the court had merely decided the latter was more relevant than the former. “It’s a wholly administrative thing,” he said. 25,000 people have joined the suit, and another 20,000 have signed up to follow if Schrems decides it’s practical to expand the list.
Netflix is making its worst-kept secret official: It’s expanding to Germany, France and four adjacent countries later this year.
Carriers are becoming more interested in app recommendations, not only because of potential advertising revenues but to promote their ever-increasing number of app partnerships.
Predictions are becoming more and more accurate in these data-driven days, but different fields need different techniques. This company, which seems to have got the Austrian government to bite, is promising a one-size-fits-all approach – but it’s all very mysterious for now.
Central Europe’s Piano Media has tried to build nationwide shared “paywalls” for dozens of news sites. Now it is acquiring a technology startup to offer news meters that can’t be defeated by deleting cookies.
T-Mobile Austria, Huawei and Qualcomm have announced a relatively smooth handover of a voice calls between LTE and 3G network technologies. This should clear the way for manufacturers to start building Voice over LTE into more phones.
The social network has bowed to the demands of privacy regulators across the EU and axed its facial recognition features for European users. However, it plans to bring the functionality back once it’s figured out how to give its users real privacy choice.
The money will go into two funds, one of which also aims to raise angel cash. But will it be enough to shore up a promising but funding-starved startup scene?
Zipcar continues its attack on Europe by purchasing a car sharing startup in Austria to extend its reach beyond London and Barcelona, where it has made similar acquisitions. Europeans are generally very open to sharing and with high gas prices and expensive cars there, the economics of car sharing make a lot of sense to your average consumer in Europe. For Zipcar, it’s clear that the company is going to have spend to get into the European market since there are more car sharing companies there where the trend has been around for longer. Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith also told GigaOM’s Katie Fehrenbacher that Asia is on the “medium term” horizon as a future expansion point. What does this all say about the U.S. market? It’s hard to read the tea leaves, but I think we’d all accept that once you’ve gone beyond New York, D.C., and San Francisco, the most promising future markets for car sharing may well be outside the U.S.
Facebook is giving users the chance to download more of the information that it holds about them than ever before, but the small group of Austrian law students who forced the change say the social network is still holding back.