Google Charged With Violating EU Law and 4 Tech Titans on the Move

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB): After its lengthy struggle with the Irish Data Protection Commission, Facebook will delete the last tranche of data kept from its facial recognition feature, which has been named Tag Suggestions, and it will turn it off for all users today. This is the most recent retreat in numerous changes with the ability to redefine the company. This Tag Suggestions feature was first announced during December of 2010. By using various information about facial shape and features, along with contextual clues such as other people in the same album or picture, Facebook will have the ability to suggest to users the names of other people in photos taken. Similar capabilities are offered in other software, like Apple’s iPhoto, for instance, has an offline version, but Facebook’s implementation leverages its vast user base to gain more data than any competing company could manage.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) didn’t collaborate with Samsung (SSNLF) to develop the A6 microprocessor for its iPhone 5, reports The Korea Times. The Korean company manufactured processors that were used in previous iPhone versions, but Apple made the decision to no longer use Samsung’s technology, according to the publication.

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): According to legal sources, French data protection commissioner CNIL is to have a special press conference tomorrow during which he will charge Google with the violation of a EU law with its European privacy policy change, according to the Guardian. Google’s move violates EU law because it there is no opt-out to customers, according to sources. CNIL will likely tell Google to undo the changes and to recreate the setup that formerly existed.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) next blockbuster game, Halo 4, was leaked online and is now being pirated, according to Business Insider. The game, made by Microsoft’s 343 Industries, is scheduled to be released on Xbox on November 6. Microsoft claims that it’s working along with its security teams and law enforcement to find a solution.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): The PC industry has begun to reel from a shift to mobile devices, and investors are to get a report card during the week from the two most prominent chip suppliers to the sector, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. Judging from last week’s reports that AMD has intentions to cut its work force by 20 to 30 percent, it probably won’t be a pretty picture. The company supplies 80 percent of the chips used in PCs globally, last month reduced its revenue forecast to $13.2 billion versus $14.2 percent in the same quarter last year.

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