Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

Ecuador considers NSA leaker Snowden's asylum request

Ecuador is considering U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's asylum request and has been maintaining diplomatic contact with Russia, said Ricardo Patiño Aroca, Ecuador's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration, on Monday.

Data wiped from 630 Megaupload servers

LeaseWeb, one of Europe's biggest hosting providers, has wiped 630 servers that contained Megaupload data and countered claims from the company that the file-sharing site wasn't warned.

Google Glass privacy concerns raised by international data protection authorities

The Canadian privacy commissioner and 36 other data protection authorities on Tuesday raised privacy concerns about Google Glass in an open letter to CEO Larry Page.

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Swedish court OKs Pirate Bay co-founder Svartholm Warg's extradition to Denmark

The Swedish Nacka District Court has ruled that Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg may be extradited to Denmark to face hacking charges, the court confirmed Tuesday.

Apple received thousands of data requests from US law enforcement

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Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for customer data from U.S. law enforcement between Dec. 1 and May 31, the company said on Monday.

Apple's crucial overscroll bounce patent claim is valid, U.S. patent office says

The USPTO confirms four claims of Apple's overscroll bounce patent, including claim 19 of the patent, according to a document filed with a Californian court on Thursday. That claim played a crucial part in Apple's $1.05 billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung.

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Even before NSA scandal, US residents were anxious about privacy breaches

Even before bombshell disclosures of the U.S. government's massive collection of Internet and cellphone data, many U.S. residents were very concerned about privacy violations.

Apple updates Belgian warranty policy as consumer lawsuit proceeds

Apple has posted to its Belgian website a new policy stating that its warranty period is now two years, up from the previous one year, but a local consumer group suing the company over the issue is withholding judgment for now.

Berlin won't migrate to open source, looks to open standards instead

The German city-state of Berlin won't migrate to open source software. Instead, its parliament decided in principle to choose workplace IT based on open standards.

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ITC: Netflix, Roku do not infringe on Rovi's interactive program guide patents

Streaming video service Netflix does not infringe on several Rovi patents on an interactive program guide and parental control technology, the U.S. International Trade Commission said in a preliminary ruling.

Amsterdam to allow occasional Airbnb vacation rentals

Amsterdam authorities have conceded that people may rent out their rooms and houses on Airbnb as long as they don't do it all the time and abide by certain rules, the city government said on Friday.

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Fairphone to start building 'ethical' smartphone

Fairphone has received enough orders to start production on what it says is a smartphone that will be built according to ethical standards, designed and produced with minimal harm to people and the planet.

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China joins EU, US in international patent classification system

The Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) on Tuesday signed an agreement to start using the same patent classification system as adopted by the E.U. and U.S. patent authorities in January, the European Patent Office (EPO) announced.

Apple ordered to pay out the €5 million it's collected in copying levies in France

Apple has to pay out €5 million (US$6.5 million) in home copying levies that it's collected but failed to deliver to the appropriate agency, the Paris High Court ruled on Friday.

Dutch Supreme Court: Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not an iPad rip-off

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe on Apple's iPad design right, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled on Friday.