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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Gnome Foundation accuses Groupon of trademark hijacking, pleads for help

The open source organization needs to raise $80,000 to fund its legal fight

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German spy agency seeks millions to monitor social networks outside Germany

The prototype real time social media monitor will only look at publicly available data though, according to the plans

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Apple's new deregister tool prevents iMessages from being lost in limbo

Apple has set up a simple Web tool to allow former iPhone users to dissociate their phone number from iMessages.

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Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment in Denmark

He will also be expelled from the country upon his release, according to the court.

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Facebook sets up shop on the Tor anonymity network

Facebook is also working on a mobile Tor site

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Hungary ditches Internet tax plans after protests

While scrapped for now, plans for an Internet tax could be back on the table next year

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Pirate Bay co-founder found guilty of hacking in Denmark

Svartholm Warg's sentence will be announced on Friday, a Danish court said.

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Germany backs plan to retain personal flight data across EU

Retaining flight data would violate fundamental rights, opponents said

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Is your IP address really yours? EU court to decide the question

If IP addresses are considered personal data, that could be a win for some privacy advocates.

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Retain private data for police use or face $685,000 fine, Swedish authority tells ISP

Swedish ISP Bahnhof will fight the order -- and says it has a mysterious Plan B up its sleeve

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Internet tax brings Hungarian protesters into streets

A proposed levy could drive data-hungry companies from the country, opponents said.

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Neural networks draw on context to improve machine translations

Dutch researchers have improved the output of a statistical machine translation system by examining the context in which words are found

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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