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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PlayStation 4 will beat Xbox One in holiday sales, says IDC

Sony's PlayStation 4's lower price will help it to outsell Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One during the year-end holiday season, according to IDC.

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HTC, Qualcomm scramble to rework HTC One chip design to avoid import ban

HTC and Qualcomm are reworking a radio chip for the HTC One smartphone in order to avoid a U.S. ban on imports of patent-infringing technology, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Apple can push iOS email across German borders again

Apple switched on its push email services for iOS devices in Germany again after posting a bond of €100 million (US$135 million).

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Privacy activists blocked from releasing Facebook's response to complaints

Campaign group Europe-v-Facebook received Facebook's response to complaints about the social networks' privacy policy on Tuesday, but was barred from publishing them by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

German court rules Apple photo-management patent invalid because of Steve Jobs keynote

Germany's Federal Patent Court invalidated an Apple photo-management patent because Steve Jobs showed how the technology worked during a keynote months before the company applied for the patent in Europe.

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EBay to acquire payments startup Braintree for $800 million cash

PayPal's parent company, eBay, plans to acquire payments startup Braintree for approximately US$800 million in cash to enhance PayPal's mobile capabilities.

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Patent trolls will gain from a single European system, vendors warn

The creation of a pan-European patent system will help spread abusive patent litigation to Europe and could lead to E.U.-wide sales bans on products, leading tech vendors have claimed.

Dropbox pushes to publish spy data request details

Cloud storage locker Dropbox has joined Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook in their quest for permission to publish the number of data requests they have received from the U.S. government, and the number of users affected by those requests.

Schools' use of cloud services puts student privacy at risk

SafeGov.org is calling for strict controls on the use of commercial cloud services for email and documents in education, contending that those services compromise student privacy.

GoDaddy buys domain marketplace Afternic

GoDaddy's acquisitions are part of a broader strategy to better service small businesses, according to a GoDaddy PR representative.

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Vodafone gets approval for €7.7 billion Kabel Deutschland takeover bid

Vodafone is close to acquiring Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable operator, for €7.7 billion ($10 billion).

Micrografx targets Google, Motorola and Samsung with vector graphics patent suit

Graphics software company Micrografx sued Google, its subsidiary Motorola Mobility, and Samsung Electronics, alleging that the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S4 and several Nexus devices infringe three of its patents.

Google partners on new online learning site, platform

Google will team with the online-learning consortium backed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford and others to build out a new site that can be used to host courses online.

Sony's PS Vita TV set-top box challenges Apple TV, Google Chromecast

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Going head-to-head with Apple and Google, Sony has launched the PlayStation Vita TV set-top box to bring video and games to TVs.

Facebook offers real-time feed of user data to online and TV news

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Facebook revealed a new tool that enables news organisations to tap into user comments and display them online or on TV in real-time.