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Apple Secures EU Trademark for Store Layouts (Matina Stevis/Wall Street Journal)

July 10, 2014 4:44 a.m. ET Apple Inc. has secured an EU court ruling to register the layout of its shops--like its new flagship store opened in Madrid, Spain, last month--as a trademark. Bloomberg News BRUSSELS— Apple Inc. AAPL +0.04% Apple Inc. U.S.: Nasdaq $ 95.39 +0.04 +0.04% July 9, 2014 4:00 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 35.92M AFTER HOURS $ 95.38 -0.01 -0.01% July 9, 2014 7:59 pm Volume (Delayed 15m): 519,990 P/E Ratio 15.86 Market Cap $574.93 Billion Dividend Yield 1.97% Rev. per Employee $2,185,850 07/10/14 TSMC Starts Shipping Microproc... 07/10/14 Apple Secures EU Trademark for... 07/09/14 Crowdfunding Isn't Just for th... More quote details and news » AAPL in Your Value Your Change Short position has a secured a court ruling allowing the company to register the layout of its retail stores in the European Union as a trade mark, an extension of its intellectual property that it had already acquired in the U.S. The EU's top court said Thursday that Apple's flagship stores fulfilled the three criteria for a trade mark: they constitute a sign; they can be represented in a graphic; and they can distinguish the goods or services sold by one company from those of another

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Worn Out

Rather than free you from your smartphone dependence, LG's new G Watch ends up being even more of a distraction.

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Scytl snags another $20M to put secure elections on the Web (Ruth Reader/VentureBeat)

Image Credit: Shutterstock Scytl is trying to modernize elections by killing the ballot box and moving the voting process online. SAP Ventures just handed the startup another $20 million to help the company expand. The software focuses on providing voter registration and voting services, as well as election night reporting. The company also offers election planning. It’s goal is to make elections efficient, accessible, and transparent, but what Scytl  really offers is security — a crucial component for high stakes elections. It has developed “election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications,” according to the company’s press release. Norway just ended its own e-voting experiments due to security fears, exemplifying how important a role security plays in the future of services like Scytl. The company was founded in 2001, so it’s not new, but it has been racking in the dough lately.  In April  Microsoft co-founder  Paul Allen’s fund Vulcan Capital gave Scytl $40 million. Currently the company works with governments and other organizations in 35 countries. Its headquarters are located in Barcelona, Spain. SAP Ventures Vulcan-capital SAP Ventures, with more than US$1.4 billion under management, is an investment firm that seeks to partner with outstanding entrepreneurs and leading venture firms worldwide to build industry-leading businesses. SAP Ventures is an i... read more » Vulcan Capital is the private equity and venture capital arm of Vulcan Inc. specializing in investments across all stages of corporate development through leveraged buyouts, growth capital, acquisitions, PIPE, seed and early stage, dis... read more » Powered by VBProfiles

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How The EU Censors Google & Search Engines Just Like China (Danny Sullivan/Marketing Land)

When it comes to censorship, the European Union generally isn’t one of the political entities that immediately comes to mind. But it should, especially since its new Right To Be Forgotten mandate has the political union acting in the same manner as that poster child of censorship, China. Sound crazy, that the EU could possibly be imposing censorship on search engines in the same way that China is notorious for? It’s not crazy. It’s real. In May, the European Court of Justice felt that anyone in the EU should have the right to ask for material to be removed from search engines like Google, if those people consider that material to be “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive,” to quote the EU’s  fact sheet  (PDF) about the ruling. How do search engines like Google make these decisions? What guidance are they given, especially when they’re also supposed to balance this censorship against another fundamental EU right, the public’s right for access to information? The court provided none of this. It simply said that search engines should accept these requests and magically make their own decisions. That’s exactly how China handles its own censorship requirements. Like the EU, China doesn’t impose censorship by issuing clear guidelines about what is and isn’t acceptable. Instead, it just expects companies to somehow know what to censor. Consider the situation Google was in, when it undertook censorship of its search engine in China

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Google sets up European venture capital arm with initial $100 million fund and five general partners (Robin Wauters/Tech.eu)

The beans have been spilled, courtesy of the FT : Google is creating a $100 million fund to invest in European startups. The Internet behemoth's newest VC arm will have five general partners, including the inevitable Eze Vidra and angel investors / entrepreneurs Tom Hulme , Peter Read , and Avid Larizadeh . The fifth - and perhaps most surprising - name is that of American tech blogger (and ex-TechCrunch colleague of mine) turned VC, MG Siegler . The money quote gets delivered by David Drummond , Google’s senior VP of corporate development: ”As we look out around the world, we realise that the tech ecosystems are getting bigger and stronger. Nowhere is this more true than in Europe. Every European capital I travel to I see these start up clusters. Its obvious that great companies will come out of these ecosystems.” They already are, David, they already are . According to the FT report, the five partners will work from offices in Clerkenwell in London but make investments across Europe, and report to Google Ventures chief Bill Maris. ( Image courtesy of Flickr user Burt Lum )

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Google sets up European venture capital arm with initial $100 million fund and four general partners (Robin Wauters/Tech.eu)

The beans have been spilled, courtesy of the FT : Google is creating a $100 million fund to invest in European startups. The Internet behemoth's newest VC arm will have five general partners, including the inevitable Eze Vidra and angel investors / entrepreneurs Tom Hulme , Peter Read , and Avid Larizadeh . The fifth - and perhaps most surprising - name is that of American tech blogger (and ex-TechCrunch colleague of mine) turned VC, MG Siegler . The money quote gets delivered by David Drummond , Google’s senior VP of corporate development: ”As we look out around the world, we realise that the tech ecosystems are getting bigger and stronger. Nowhere is this more true than in Europe. Every European capital I travel to I see these start up clusters. Its obvious that great companies will come out of these ecosystems.” They already are, David, they already are . According to the FT report, the five partners will work from offices in Clerkenwell in London but make investments across Europe, and report to Google Ventures chief Bill Maris. ( Image courtesy of Flickr user Burt Lum )

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