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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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

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Four growing European startups to keep an eye on

Starting a tech business in Europe is still harder than in the US, but things are looking up, an investor said

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Google AdWords cleared in geotagging patent lawsuit

Google was cleared of infringement but the patent was not declared invalid

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Ads pushing app downloads are coming to Twitter

Advertisers can use a single interface to promote downloads of their mobile apps in other apps or directly from Twitter timelines

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Google Glass to get a workout from Dutch firefighters

Google Glass could be useful for tasks like cutting up a car to free a trapped person, the fire department said

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Telefónica starts exchange for targeted mobile ads

Axonix' ambition is to compete with Google, Facebook and Twitter in the mobile ad space

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Uber ride-sharing service hit by Brussels court ban

A Brussels court has ordered Uber to stop operating its UberPOP ride-sharing service in Brussels, local media report

Report: Facebook about to enter e-money market in Europe

The company is soon to become a registered e-money firm in Ireland, paving the way into the EU

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Sweden won't enforce data retention law against ISP that deleted metadata

Other European countries were not so quick to suspend enforcement after an EU court ruled that data retention laws violate privacy

Party's over for the Dutch: pirated downloads now prohibited in the Netherlands

The country had allowed its residents to engage in this practice, but no longer. Lawsuits are now expected.

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Swedish ISP deletes all retained customer data in wake of EU court ruling

Other ISPs should also delete communications metadata following the Court of Justice's ruling, Swedish ISP Bahnhof said

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UK spies did not misuse powers for mass surveillance, watchdog says

UK agencies haven't the 'slightest interest' in examining emails and phone calls, a report says

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EU data retention rules violate privacy rights and are invalid, EU court rules

Rules requiring telcos to retain communications metadata are disproportionate, the court said