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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German publishers join collecting society to collect money from Google

The publishers are demanding compensation based on a new but controversial online copyright law

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Facebook must comply with German data protection law, court rules

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations said the verdict is a milestone for data protection in the Facebook era

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Philips' intelligent supermarket lighting can help you find your groceries

The LED lighting system uses lighting fixtures that form a dense network that acts as a positioning grid and lets retailers send location-based data to shoppers via an app, according to Philips.

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Merkel and Hollande to talk about avoiding US servers

European's emails should not have to travel across the Atlantic, Merkel said

Linking to a website doesn't infringe copyright, Europe's Court of Justice says

Hyperlinks do not infringe on copyrights, the Court of Justice of the European Union said

Five arrested in Dutch hidden online marketplaces crackdown

Undercover police also received a request to extort and kill someone, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service said.

Dutch police seize hidden online marketplace Utopia

Dutch authorities declined to say how the site was seized, if anybody was arrested and what was sold on the site.

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MoneyGram and Vodafone M-Pesa bring mobile remittances to new countries

People will be able to transfer funds from around 200 countries to users of Vodafone's mobile money transfer service M-Pesa

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US DOJ closes Samsung standards-essential patent probe

The DOJ closed its investigation of whether Samsung was abusing patents to block competitors imports when an import restriction was vetoed

German court finds domain registrar liable for torrent site's copyright infringement

If left unchallenged this ruling will endanger the entire business model of registering domain names, the registrar said.

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Intellectual Ventures patent case against Motorola ends in mistrial

Intellectual Ventures will get another chance in the retrial

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Apple faces €1.57 billion patent damages claim in Germany

IPCom alleges that Apple infringed on its patent relating to the control of access to 3G mobile networks

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Google and Cisco strike patent deal

It's the third patent deal Google announces within 10 days

German federal prosecutor considers formal NSA investigation

The country's Federal Prosecutor General has received several complaints over Germany's involvement in the NSA's spying program

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LibreOffice enhances its enterprise spreadsheet abilities

The GPU and the CPU can work together to quickly handle very large data sets, LibreOffice said