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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Facebook may launch a Snapchat rival dubbed 'Slingshot' soon

The new app could be launched this month.

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Reports: Google in talks to buy Twitch game-streaming service for $1 billion

The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal is not imminent, while Variety says Google has agreed to pay over $1 billion

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Google readies automated tool for those wanting to disappear from search results

The online tool will have a mechanism to prevent unauthorized takedowns, said a German DPA with knowledge of the matter.

Samsung apologizes for workers' leukemia

Ten people have died after working in Samsung's semiconductor plants, an industry health rights group said

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Privacy group sues UK snoops over phone hacking scheme

The new complaint comes on top of a flurry of similar legal filings

Europe's top court orders Google to forget about you

A person has the right to request that search engines remove personal information from search results, the Court of Justice ruled

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Bitcoin payments startup BitPay looks to expand after raising $30 million

BitPay wants to expand to emerging markets and be an alternative to cash and money transfers, its CEO said

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'Free' global aircraft tracking service proposed by satellite company

The technology could be used to track aircraft in trouble, and to store black box information in the cloud.

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Samsung chairman suffers heart attack

The chairman's condition is stable and he is recovering, Samsung said

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Snapchat offers video and instant text messaging

Conversations will be deleted when users leave the instant messaging screen, Snapchat said.

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Online private car rental services driving to gain ground in Europe

Competition heats up as users flock to new services

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Red Hat to acquire Ceph open-source storage provider Inktank

Ceph will remain an open, multiplatform storage project, Inktank said

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UK banking service aims to make it easier to pay small IOUs

More than 30 million account holders can now access Paym

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Search warrants extend to emails stored overseas, U.S. judge rules in Microsoft case

Microsoft said it will continue to fight the ruling as part of its data privacy commitments to its customers

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Play is the thing for these European education startups

Learning through games can help shape the future of personal education, an expert said