Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues.

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European Commission details grounds for Apple tax probe

The tax probe focuses on use of transfer pricing arrangements by two Apple subsidiaries

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Apple tax probe details to be published by European Commission on Tuesday

Apple could have received significant tax reductions from Irish authorities. We'll find out tomorrow whether it did or not.

Forget 'airplane mode': devices are decreed okay for inflight use in Europe

Passengers probably still can't play Words with Friends during taxi or takeoff, though. Dommage.

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Google gets privacy policy lesson from EU data protection authorities

EU data protection authorities suggested Google could personalize its privacy policy for each user to make it easier to read

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Right-to-be-forgotten 'dashboard' to help EU's data protection authorities

The complaints should be dealt with in a common way, the authorities said

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French crime database breaches privacy rights, EU court rules

The human rights court objects to storing data for 20 years in a criminal database when charges were dropped

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Open document formats campaign backed by Europe's digital commissioner

“When open alternatives are available, no citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to use a particular company’s technology to access government information.”

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German court lifts countrywide ban on UberPop

But mediating between passengers and unlicensed drivers is still illegal, the court ruled

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Mail.Ru buys rest of Russia's VKontakte, ending shareholder dispute

VKontakte shareholders and a company co-founder have settled a dispute involving allegations of embezzlement and secret service interference

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Netflix will launch on French telco's set-top boxes

A local competitor tried to steal Netflix' thunder with the launch of its own video-on-demand service on the Netflix launched in France

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Google acquires online survey specialist Polar

The Polar team will be joining the Google+ team

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Swedish ISP urges European Commission to end 'illegal data retention'

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority made an 180 degree turn, and started enforcing the data retention law again

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German court denies Uber's request for suspension of nationwide ban

The court also banned an UberPop driver from taking fares

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German court requires Google to stop ignoring customer emails

Emails sent to Google used to go unanswered by default

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Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

Copying the work to a USB stick is also allowed, but only if the rights holder gets paid, the CJEU said