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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Dutch intelligence illegally shared data with foreign services, says report

Sharing a selection of signals intelligence data without permission is illegal, the committee found

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Class action suit filed against Google over children's in-app purchases

In-app purchases by minors led Google to pocket millions of dollars, according to a complaint.

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Samsung removes standard-essential patent claims from US Apple suit

Samsung is no longer asserting any claim of any declared standard-essential patent in this case

NSA created 'European bazaar' to spy on EU citizens, Snowden tells European Parliament

National spy agencies across Europe are allowing the NSA to piece together their data into a larger picture, Snowden said

Getty makes 35 million images embeddable to gather data, monetize usage

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Embedded content may only be used for editorial purposes, Getty said

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Apple again denied permanent US sales ban against Samsung products

Apple failed to provide enough evidence to warrant an injunction, so a judge ruled that legal damages should be sufficient.

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Adobe's Revel photo-editing app comes to Android

Users can upload unlimited images for free the first month, after that, uploads are limited

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German court invalidates Microsoft mapping patent

Court rules patent that Microsoft asserted against Google and Motorola Mobility lacked an inventive step

Report: UK spies captured millions of Yahoo users' webcam images

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This report, if true, represents a whole new level of violation of users' privacy that is completely unacceptable, Yahoo said

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LCD cartel fines reduced by E.U. court

Errors were made when calculating the fines, the court said

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Munich opts for open source groupware from Kolab

Munich aims to use as much open source software as possible

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Still more protection needed from patent trolls in the EU, tech vendors say

Tech vendors want the E.U. to adopt their proposals to curb patent trolls

BBM coming to Windows Phone, Nokia X

The messaging service will be available on the phones this summer

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Google acquires Spider.io to fight ad fraud

Spider.io helps advertisers spot billions of fake ad views generated by networks of hijacked devices