Loek EssersAmsterdam Correspondent, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open source, and online payment issues for the IDG News Service.

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In 2015, EU aims to sweep away old rules on data protection and copyright

The Commision wants to break down national barriers to create what it calls a digital single market

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Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'massive damage'

The hack is one of the rare examples in which a digital attack caused physical damage

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Microsoft drags alleged tech support scammers into court

Over one-third of U.S. citizens contacted by scammers fall for the scam, according to Microsoft

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Microsoft stops offering alternative browsers to Windows users in Europe

The screen contributed to restoring competition in the EU browser market, the European Commission said

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Netflix wins Dutch patent suit, can keep operating as usual

It is a big win for Netflix, which faces similar patent claims in the US

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Dutch authority to Google: change privacy policy or else

Google has to change its ways or start paying hefty penalties, the Dutch privacy regulator said

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Booking.com proposes settling price parity antitrust cases across Europe

Hotels have been invited to comment on Booking.com's proposal to drop a clause in its contracts requiring them to offer it their best prices

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UberPop will be banned in France from Jan. 1st

Although a Paris court declined to impose an emergency ban on the UberPop Friday, a new law will make the service illegal from the New Year

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More trouble brewing for Uber in Brussels

Uber is an illegal service that keeps violating the rules, a Brussels minister said

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Google sued in Germany over video streaming patent

The patent was successfully used to obtain sales bans against Android phones and tablets earlier this year

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UK spooks to hunt down pedophiles on the 'dark net'

Pedophiles will have nowhere to hide, UK Prime Minister Cameron said

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EU antitrust commissioner to meet Google complainants

More input is needed in order to take the case forward, antitrust commissioner says

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Microsoft starts accepting Bitcoin payments for Windows Store, Xbox, Windows Phone

Bitcoin is accepted by Microsoft only in the U.S. for now.

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Skype implicated in EU corporate income tax scandal

Microsoft, which bought Skype in 2011, said it 'modified Skype's business model' after the takeover