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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Booking.com proposes settling price parity antitrust cases across Europe

Hotels have been invited to comment on Booking.com's proposal to drop a clause in its contracts requiring them to offer it their best prices

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UberPop will be banned in France from Jan. 1st

Although a Paris court declined to impose an emergency ban on the UberPop Friday, a new law will make the service illegal from the New Year

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More trouble brewing for Uber in Brussels

Uber is an illegal service that keeps violating the rules, a Brussels minister said

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Google sued in Germany over video streaming patent

The patent was successfully used to obtain sales bans against Android phones and tablets earlier this year

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UK spooks to hunt down pedophiles on the 'dark net'

Pedophiles will have nowhere to hide, UK Prime Minister Cameron said

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EU antitrust commissioner to meet Google complainants

More input is needed in order to take the case forward, antitrust commissioner says

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Microsoft starts accepting Bitcoin payments for Windows Store, Xbox, Windows Phone

Bitcoin is accepted by Microsoft only in the U.S. for now.

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Skype implicated in EU corporate income tax scandal

Microsoft, which bought Skype in 2011, said it 'modified Skype's business model' after the takeover

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Uber banned in Spain as pressure on company mounts worldwide

It's turning out to be a bad week for Uber, as it faces a growing number of bans

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Feds' bid to seize emails stored in Ireland threatens US citizens' privacy, Microsoft says

The US government would not allow another country to seize data stored on US soil in the same way, Microsoft said in a court filing.

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UK court to review legality of fast-tracked surveillance law

Although the law might be illegal, the UK government is looking to expand its web snooping capabilities

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Former Commissioner Neelie Kroes lands job attracting startups to the Netherlands

Retiring is not an option for Kroes, who said life is just beginning after leaving Brussels

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Mass surveillance programs do not violate human rights, UK tribunal rules

The case will be appealed at the European Court of Human Rights

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EU ministers backpedal on one-stop data protection shop plan

Company's should only deal with one privacy regulator instead of 28, industry associations said

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EU proposal for automated car emergency calls addresses privacy concerns

There are still some data protection concerns though, an opposing party in the EU Parliament said