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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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

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Samsung signs cellular patent deal with InterDigital, ending all litigation

Samsung previously licensed InterDigital patents

Google plans $1b-plus satellite fleet to bring Internet to remote corners of the world

180 small satellites are planned to be launched, the Wall Street Journal reported

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Facebook actually asks EU to examine WhatsApp deal

Facebook is asking for a European Commission review of the $19 billion deal, according to reports.

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Germany drops NSA prosecution due to lack of evidence

This decision will reduce the work of data protection authorities "to absurdity", a German DPA said

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Software bug disrupts e-vote count in Belgian election

A bug led to incoherent election results, the Belgian government said

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Assange names country targeted by NSA's MYSTIC mass phone tapping program

Not revealing the name of the country is censorship, Wikileaks' Julian Assange said

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Collaborative foundation aims to boost MIPS adoption

The foundation will offer open-source OS distributions for MIPS, including Android, CentOS and Ubuntu

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Google plans international acquisitions worth up to $30B, it tells SEC

Google passed on a potential acquisition of a non-U.S. company worth up to $5 billion it said

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No bouncing back to old gallery interface for Samsung in the Netherlands

Old and new infringing Samsung devices cannot be sold in the Netherlands

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Facebook may launch a Snapchat rival dubbed 'Slingshot' soon

The new app could be launched this month.

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Reports: Google in talks to buy Twitch game-streaming service for $1 billion

The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal is not imminent, while Variety says Google has agreed to pay over $1 billion

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Google readies automated tool for those wanting to disappear from search results

The online tool will have a mechanism to prevent unauthorized takedowns, said a German DPA with knowledge of the matter.

Samsung apologizes for workers' leukemia

Ten people have died after working in Samsung's semiconductor plants, an industry health rights group said