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

The police are still gathering evidence, court says

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Germany's highest court rules parents not liable for adult children's file sharing

It took a stepfather two appeals to avoid liability for the actions of his stepson

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Red Hat takes more active role in CentOS, funds developers

Red Hat's involvement will assure future of the community distribution, says project chair

Munich City Hall

Moving a city to Linux needs political backing, says Munich project leader

Munich city authority has migrated almost 15,000 PCs from Windows NT to its own Linux distribution

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Swedish man sentenced to pay more than $650,000 for sharing movie online

The movie was shared to a platform that was not unlike the Pirate Bay, the public prosecutor said

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German coalition favors German-owned or open source software, aims to lock NSA out

The new coalition government promised Monday to support German software and take steps to protect European data from spying

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Marketers excited about Gmail image display changes

Tracking unique users who opened an email was made possible, marketers said

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Switch to open source successfully completed, city of Munich says

The 10-year long project has been a success, city officials said

HTC One

U.S. ITC to review ruling in patent dispute between Nokia and HTC

A review could lead to an import ban on infringing products

EU court rejects Cisco's challenge to Microsoft-Skype merger

Microsoft and Skype have enough competition in Europe, the court ruled

US investigates allegations of Dell computer resales into Syria

Dell's standard contract prohibits distributors from reselling products to any sanctioned country, the company said

Tech giants form AllSeen Alliance to standardize the Internet of Things

The AllSeen Alliance is working on an open source framework that it says can be used to connect almost anything to the Internet

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Dutch minister to question US Embassy about rooftop antennas

Dutch concerns follow rooftop spying reports form Berlin, Rome and Milan

Cybersecurity

Wikileaks exposes secret, controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

The US exerted 'great pressure' in previous negotiation rounds, the documents indicate