GroeFaZ (850443) writes "As the BBC reports, the first political act of the new PM of Australia, Rudd, was to start ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. He was quoted as saying "[Signing the Kyoto Protocol is] a significant step forward in our country's efforts to fight climate change domestically — and with the international community,". That is, the international community without the USA — Australia's ratification made the USA the only industrialized nation to not have signed the Kyoto Protocol." top
GroeFaZ (850443) writes "The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation against Apple following a complaint about the operation of the iTunes service by a leading UK consumer association.
Users of iTunes can only buy music from the on-line store offered in their country of residence, using a credit card issued by a national bank. This limits EU consumers' choice of music and can lead to different prices for the same recordings.
In the UK version of iTunes, a download costs 79p, 18% more than in the eurozone countries. This led to a formal complain in 2004 by the UK consumer organisation Which?.
The Commission's "statement of objection", which requires the company to defend its sales policy, alleges that these restrictions violate the EC Treatys rules prohibiting restrictive business practices."