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 capitulate and let Google post news snippets -- for now

The publishers probably won't get any money from Google, the German antitrust authority said.

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Australian ISP stands up to filmmakers hunting pirates

Innocent people might be bombarded with letters demanding high settlement fees, one ISP said

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New European Commission, approved by Parliament, will focus on the digital domain

The European Parliament has put an end to uncertainty over who will direct the EU's policy on data protection and telecom regulations

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Candidates for EU's data protection job heard by the European Parliament

Europe is set to choose a new data protection supervisor after much delay

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ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet

Webcasts of intergovernmental committee meetings, and access to working documents, follow calls for transparency

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MasterCard demos a prototype contactless card with a fingerprint sensor

The next generation card is set to be introduced in 2015, but consumers might move to phone-based services before then.

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European Commission takes Belgium, Luxembourg to court over telecom regulators

Issues involve competition in telecom sector

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EU bodies should accept new e-signatures in all transactions, says Kroes

Accepting digitally signed bids for all public procurement projects could save the EU billions of euros, according to Neelie Kroes

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Qualcomm to buy Bluetooth and GPS chip designer CSR for $2.5B

Qualcomm's bid trumped a bid from Microchip

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S-money invites French Twitter users to make their payments public

A French mobile payment service now allows person-to-person payments via Twitter -- but all transactions will be public

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#AskAnsip: Proposed EU digital chief to answer questions on Twitter

Only one of the EU's proposed digital commissioners seems to be prepared to answer questions on Twitter

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French Twitter users to be offered Twitter payment service

Tweeting money will be free of charge, the French bank offering the service said.

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Europe to get €2.5 billion big data boost from Commission, industry

Europe is lagging behind and urgently needs a big data investment to get on the bandwagon, Neelie Kroes said

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Proposed EU digital commissioners get green light from Parliament

There were still some worries about Oettinger's technical knowledge, though

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Google, Facebook to discuss online extremism at dinner with EU officials

The Commission wants to curb social media recruiting for radical Islamist groups