Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

Privacy group files OECD complaints over UK telco spying

Privacy International has filed complaints against U.K. telecommunications companies for assisting British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) with mass interception of telephone and Internet traffic that passes through undersea fiber optic cables.

Twitter increases top end of IPO price to $25 a share

While bumping up the price range of its initial public offering, Twitter also revealed that IBM says the microblogging service has infringed on several patents.

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Finnish government hacked, Finnish secrets breached

The Finnish government's computer networks have been breached by malware for years.

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Cray acquires Gnodal research staff and IP in Europe

Supercomputer maker Cray has hired the founders and key engineers of Gnodal who will be working to develop new technology.

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UK court: HTC One infringes on Nokia patent

HTC plans to appeal the ruling, which says a number of the company's devices -- including the flagship HTC One smartphone -- infringe on a Nokia mobile networks standard patent.

Copyright levy for ISPs violates EU regulation, Belgian government says

A plan by the Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers to make ISPs pay copyright levies for offering access to copyright-protected material online violates the European e-commerce directive, a Belgian government spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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Privacy group doubles down on Supreme Court NSA phone spying case

The U.S. Supreme Court should review a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) data collection program despite the U.S. government's argument that privacy group EPIC lacks legal standing to challenge the case, the group said Monday.

SAP can't restrict software resales, German court rules

SAP can no longer require customers to get written permission before they resell SAP software to third parties in Germany, the Hamburg Regional Court ruled on Friday.

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Irish High Court to review Facebook Prism complaint

The Irish High Court is going to review whether the Irish Data Protection Commissioner's refusal to investigate Facebook's involvement with the U.S. government surveillance program Prism was lawful.

Apple's free OS is no threat to Linux at all, says its creator

Apple's move to offer its latest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, for free isn't going to affect the Linux operating system at all, its creator Linus Torvalds said.

Open source needs more tech-savvy lawyers, Linux Foundation says

Open-source software adoption is outstripping the legal knowledge of parties involved in open source projects who have difficulty dealing with copyright, patent, licensing, and compliance issues, said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin.

Twitter turns to open source to prevent service disruptions

Here's a breakdown on software improvements Twitter made to keep your tweets flowing.

Open Virtualization Alliance joins the Linux Foundation

The Open Virtualization Alliance has joined the Linux Foundation as a collaborative project to deepen its ties with the Linux community.

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Apache Software Foundation unveils Hadoop 2, replacing MapReduce with YARN

The Apache Software Foundation unveiled its latest release of its open source data processing program, Hadoop 2. It runs multiple applications simultaneously to enable users to quickly and efficiently leverage data in multiple ways at supercomputing speed, Apache said Wednesday.

Dutch carriers abused data retention law for marketing purposes

Some Dutch telecommunications and Internet providers have exploited European Union laws mandating the retention of communications data to fight crime, using the retained data for unauthorized marketing purposes, according to a report by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs' Radiocommunications Agency.