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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US DOJ closes Samsung standards-essential patent probe

The DOJ closed its investigation of whether Samsung was abusing patents to block competitors imports when an import restriction was vetoed

German court finds domain registrar liable for torrent site's copyright infringement

If left unchallenged this ruling will endanger the entire business model of registering domain names, the registrar said.

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Intellectual Ventures patent case against Motorola ends in mistrial

Intellectual Ventures will get another chance in the retrial

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Apple faces €1.57 billion patent damages claim in Germany

IPCom alleges that Apple infringed on its patent relating to the control of access to 3G mobile networks

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Google and Cisco strike patent deal

It's the third patent deal Google announces within 10 days

German federal prosecutor considers formal NSA investigation

The country's Federal Prosecutor General has received several complaints over Germany's involvement in the NSA's spying program

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LibreOffice enhances its enterprise spreadsheet abilities

The GPU and the CPU can work together to quickly handle very large data sets, LibreOffice said

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Dassault Systèmes to buy scientific PLM software maker Accelrys

The companies plan to deliver an unmatched scientific product lifecycle management solution

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German government faces legal action over NSA spying

Details about the complaint will be shared later, one of the complainants said

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Dutch court ends Pirate Bay blockcade after digital piracy continued to thrive

The block was easy to circumvent by the 'average lazy surfer,' the court said

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EU human rights court gives priority to UK mass surveillance case

Privacy campaigners in the UK may get their day in court if the UK government can find no grounds to dismiss the case

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SkySQL aims for high-availability database clusters with MariaDB Enterprise

The product combines MariaDB with Galera Cluster and will compete with Oracle's MySQL Enterprise support subscription

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3G patent disputed by Apple, HTC and Nokia upheld by European Patent Office

Patent owner IPCom will start several damages and infringement cases in the coming months

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New think tank tackles Internet governance

Newly founded Commission for Internet Governance wants to inform the discussion