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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S-money invites French Twitter users to make their payments public

A French mobile payment service now allows person-to-person payments via Twitter -- but all transactions will be public

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#AskAnsip: Proposed EU digital chief to answer questions on Twitter

Only one of the EU's proposed digital commissioners seems to be prepared to answer questions on Twitter

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French Twitter users to be offered Twitter payment service

Tweeting money will be free of charge, the French bank offering the service said.

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Europe to get €2.5 billion big data boost from Commission, industry

Europe is lagging behind and urgently needs a big data investment to get on the bandwagon, Neelie Kroes said

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Proposed EU digital commissioners get green light from Parliament

There were still some worries about Oettinger's technical knowledge, though

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Google, Facebook to discuss online extremism at dinner with EU officials

The Commission wants to curb social media recruiting for radical Islamist groups

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EU's likely next digital chief takes a swipe at US over data protection

It is time for the US to show it can be trusted, Andrus Ansip said

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European Commission suspects Amazon has received illegal state aid

A deal the Commission says favors Amazon is still active and dates back to 2003

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European Commission told to publish UK mass Internet surveillance docs

So far the documents remain under wraps because they cover ongoing investigations into the alleged breach of EU citizens' rights

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European probe clears telcos of throttling Internet service

While there was no breach of competition rules, the sector will still be monitored closely

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Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp takeover bid approved by EU

Many privacy related concerns as a result of the transaction do not fall into the scope of EU competition law

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Booksellers raise Amazon monopoly concerns with European Commission

A meeting this week was part of a push by booksellers and authors to curb Amazon's power.

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Angry Birds developer slashes up to 130 jobs to 'reignite growth'

Rovio is laying off people to reignite growth, its CEO said

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Hacked celebrities 'dumb', says proposed EU digital commissioner

Legislation can't protect people from their own stupidity, Günther Oettinger told the European Parliament during his confirmation hearing.

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Google bows to pressure, removes news snippets from German search results

Google users looking for news from some German sites will see only a headline from now on