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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Europe investing €5 billion to boost electronics sector

The investements should help Europe become a leader in electronics design and manufacturing, the European Commission said

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Europe cuts roaming charges, plans to eliminate them by end of next year

Data roaming charges for EU subscribers will be cut by as much as 55 percent on Tuesday

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Austrian court axes data retention law following EU high court ruling

Regulations to fight crime should be in line with human rights, Austria's Constitutional Court said

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Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results

European Google users may now see a warning when they search for a name

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Europe and US edge closer to data protection deal

The umbrella data protection agreement has been under negotiation for more than three years

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Google's 2GB RAM upgrade for new Glass explorers angers early adopters

Google might be seeing a lot of "defective" Glass models this month, one commenter said

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Exposing hidden domain registrations could hurt innocent users more than criminals

Proxy services to hide details of domain registrants from the Whois database should be allowed, a researcher said

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Nintendo's Wii infringes on Philips' remote control patents, UK court rules

Similar cases are pending in the US, Germany and France

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Android phones do not infringe on Gemalto's patents, US court rules

The way Android phones run Java apps is no patent infringement, a US court ruled

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Phone maker ZTE takes antitrust angle in European patent fight

ZTE says Vringo won't license standards-essential patents on fair terms

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German publishers start legal action against Google over news snippets

German news publishers want a part of Google's revenue

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Europe's top court to review personal data exchange between EU and US

The review was prompted by Europe-v-Facebook's legal challenge of the Irish DPC's refusal to investigate Facebook's export of data to the US

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British spies are allowed to intercept Google and Facebook traffic, official says

It is the first time a U.K. official has commented on the government's "vague surveillance legal framework", Privacy International said

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Dropbox learns Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Thai in international expansion

The company also hopes these new language interfaces will give a boost to Dropbox for Business

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Apple starts exchange program for iPhone adapters that could overheat

The affected adapter can be exchanged in 37 countries