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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German government faces legal action over NSA spying

Details about the complaint will be shared later, one of the complainants said

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Dutch court ends Pirate Bay blockcade after digital piracy continued to thrive

The block was easy to circumvent by the 'average lazy surfer,' the court said

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EU human rights court gives priority to UK mass surveillance case

Privacy campaigners in the UK may get their day in court if the UK government can find no grounds to dismiss the case

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SkySQL aims for high-availability database clusters with MariaDB Enterprise

The product combines MariaDB with Galera Cluster and will compete with Oracle's MySQL Enterprise support subscription

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3G patent disputed by Apple, HTC and Nokia upheld by European Patent Office

Patent owner IPCom will start several damages and infringement cases in the coming months

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New think tank tackles Internet governance

Newly founded Commission for Internet Governance wants to inform the discussion

Google faces $125 million damages claim after losing Android patent lawsuit

A jury found Google guilty of infringing but could not agree on damages, which will be determined in a second jury trial

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16 million online accounts probably compromised, German government warns

Government invites users to check their email address against a list of 16 million collected by a botnet

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Extended SEPA deadline may keep German electronic payment system running

German banks may meet an extended deadline for introducing SEPA-format credit transfers, but adoption of SEPA direct debits is still slow

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Google loses UK bid to block Safari cookie privacy case

Google will appeal the case

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European civil rights groups join forces to defend net neutrality

The matter is urgent because the current draft regulation is on a tight timeline, the groups said

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Google to revamp its flight search engine, Ryanair's CEO says

The service will blow competing comparison sites out of the water, he said

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Euro electronic payments will fail unless SEPA deadline is extended, warns European Commission

The Commission wants to extend its deadline by six months to give countries such as Germany a chance to adopt new payment rules

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Pirate Bay co-founder's detainment extended by Danish court

The police are still gathering evidence, court says