Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

Next-gen USB connector will (finally!) fit both ways

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group plans to publish a final specification for the USB Type-C connector by the middle of 2014

Nokia wins UK sales ban on the HTC One Mini

HTC has until the end of the week to appeal a sals ban on the HTC One Mini in the UK.

Drivers can use autonomous driving in commuting situations with traffic jams.

Self-driving cars to hit Swedish public roads

Volvo is starting a pilot project that aims to have 100 self-driving cars on Swedish public roads around the city of Gothenburg by 2017.

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Google's privacy policy violates Dutch data protection law, Dutch DPA says

The Dutch Protection Authority says Google spins an invisible web of our personal data without user consent.

New Creative Commons license gives users more flexibility

Authors and artists seeking to release works under a Creative Commons license now have more flexibility and choice when they want to share their works, Creative Commons said Thursday.

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Google Hangouts infringes trademark, says US company Hanginout

Hanginout started the lawsuit while its trademark application is still pending.

Wikimedia is liable for contents of Wikipedia articles, German court rules

Wikimedia has to delete passages in Wikipedia articles if they turn out to be false, the court said.

Google hit with privacy complaints in 14 EU countries

Data Protection Authorities should immediately suspend changes to Google's terms of service, privacy advocates in Europe say.

Human rights groups urge UN to discourage mass digital surveillance

Five human rights groups urged the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to adopt a new resolution against indiscriminate mass surveillance.

Another Samsung 3G patent likely to be invalid, German court says

A Samsung Electronics patent the company has declared essential to the implementation of 3G mobile standards is likely to be invalid, the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany said Friday.

Sierra Wireless files complaints about Nokia's patent licensing

Canadian wireless modem maker Sierra Wireless has filed complaints with the European Commission (EC) and the FTC laiming that Nokia is behaving unfairly in patent licensing.

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Berlin court rules Google privacy policy violates data protection law

Google's privacy policy and terms of service violate German data protection law, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to review NSA phone spying case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Electronic Privacy Information Center's petition for it to review a National Security Agency (NSA) phone record data collection program.

Skype, Microsoft cleared in Luxembourg NSA investigation

Luxembourg's data protection authority cleared Microsoft and its subsidiary Skype of data protection violations related to the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism spying program, the agency said Monday.

Google to warn users of 13,000 search terms associated with child pornography

Google will display warnings above the search results for 13,000 terms it believes are associated with more explicit child sexual abuse terms.