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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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

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EU starts in-depth probe into Apple's tax affairs

Apple said it pays every euro of every tax it owes

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Vodafone granted governments direct access to its networks for surveillance

Vodafone revealed the access in its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report, but did not name the countries involved

Viewing a Web page isn't copyright infringement, top EU court rules

The case could have made infringers out of millions of ordinary Internet users across the EU

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Libraries can digitize books without consent, says top EU court advisor

But copying an electronic book to a USB stick is illegal, the Advocate General said

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Germany to investigate NSA's alleged tapping of Merkel's phone

Snowden was asked to testify, but he didn't respond to the prosecution's offer to do so

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EU invests €2.8 billion in robotics to create new jobs

But researchers don't know how many old jobs they will destroy in the process