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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EU set to reveal digital strategy on Wednesday

A leaked document suggests the European Commission will launch a probe into U.S. online platform providers

New Firefox features will eventually be limited to secure websites only

Non-secure HTTP sites will not get access to new browser features, Mozilla said

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Uber shifts strategy, requiring taxi licenses for Dutch UberPop drivers

Uber tries to settle its legal problems in the Netherlands but will have to do more to get out of trouble

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Facebook, under siege, slams European privacy regulators

Facebook has already filed a lawsuit against the Dutch data protection authority over an investigation into its privacy practices

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EU to revamp laws to tackle online crime and terrorism

The EU wants IT companies to help with this effort

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EU cars will automatically dial emergency services after crashing beginning in 2018

The eCall system will automatically dial 112, Europe's single emergency number, in case of a crash.

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Google aims to transform European newsrooms

A €150 million fund will help publishers experiment with new forms of digital media

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To compete with Silicon Valley, European startups need to grow fast

If European tech companies want to make it big, they should go international as soon as possible, says BlaBlaCar's COO

Making software to block annoying ads is legal, German court rules

There are other similar cases pending though so AdBlock Plus maker Eyeo is not home free yet

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EU data protection reform triggers warning from civil rights groups worldwide

Privacy groups say EU proosals undermine basic privacy protections

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Booking.com will no longer require European hotels to offer it better room prices

The hotel reservation site settled competition investigations against it

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Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules

Twitter's International headquarters will be in Dublin

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How much should we allow Google, Facebook and others to tell us what to think?

Questions raised about the algorithms used by search engines and social media to highlight products, news, and interests deserve our urgent attention, scholars said.

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Proving Google's abuse could be difficult for the EU

A multibillion dollar fine imposed on Google is unlikely, one antitrust expert said

European Union slams Google with search antitrust charges, launches Android investigation

The bundling of apps with Android is one of the practices that the European Commission is examining in its new investigation