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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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.

Motorola's push mail patent ruled partly invalid in Germany

The Motorola message synchronization patent had been forcing Apple to switch off iOS push email services in Germany for more than a year.

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You can now access in-flight 3G and 4G broadband in Europe

The European Commission gave airlines permission to offer their passengers Internet access via 3G and 4G connections while in flight.

Belgium, Netherlands investigate alleged NSA spying on bank payments data

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is member-owned and exchanges millions of standardized financial messages for more than 10,000 financial institutions in 212 countries each day.

Suse Linux Enterprise expands regular support to 10 years

Suse Linux Enterprise (SLE) version 11 and up will come with 10 years of general support instead of the seven years offered up to now, in a move that matches services from competitors.

Microsoft abandons employee-ranking system

Microsoft is abandoning a ranking system that has been blamed for hampering innovation and pitting employees against one another.

Amazon.com to offer Sunday delivery in the US through US Postal Service

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Amazon.com is getting the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays to its customers, adding an additional facility to help it compete in the Internet retail market.

Facebook expands in Europe as it scoops up new employees

Facebook is moving to bigger offices in London and Dublin to accommodate its rapidly expanding European workforce.

Privacy group files OECD complaints over UK telco spying

Privacy International has filed complaints against U.K. telecommunications companies for assisting British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) with mass interception of telephone and Internet traffic that passes through undersea fiber optic cables.

Twitter increases top end of IPO price to $25 a share

While bumping up the price range of its initial public offering, Twitter also revealed that IBM says the microblogging service has infringed on several patents.

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Finnish government hacked, Finnish secrets breached

The Finnish government's computer networks have been breached by malware for years.

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Cray acquires Gnodal research staff and IP in Europe

Supercomputer maker Cray has hired the founders and key engineers of Gnodal who will be working to develop new technology.