U.S. Tech Firms Increase Lobbying Efforts in Europe

Under fierce political crossfire in Europe and hobbled by a lack of natural allies, U.S. technology firms are turning to their biggest asset to fight back: hard cash. Google Inc.,Microsoft Corp. and others have poured money into lobbying efforts in Brussels in recent years, seeking to influence new European Union legislation on issues ranging from data protection to copyright, and to fight legal battles against European Union actors -- and each other.