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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16 million online accounts probably compromised, German government warns

Government invites users to check their email address against a list of 16 million collected by a botnet

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Extended SEPA deadline may keep German electronic payment system running

German banks may meet an extended deadline for introducing SEPA-format credit transfers, but adoption of SEPA direct debits is still slow

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Google loses UK bid to block Safari cookie privacy case

Google will appeal the case

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European civil rights groups join forces to defend net neutrality

The matter is urgent because the current draft regulation is on a tight timeline, the groups said

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Google to revamp its flight search engine, Ryanair's CEO says

The service will blow competing comparison sites out of the water, he said

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Euro electronic payments will fail unless SEPA deadline is extended, warns European Commission

The Commission wants to extend its deadline by six months to give countries such as Germany a chance to adopt new payment rules

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Pirate Bay co-founder's detainment extended by Danish court

The police are still gathering evidence, court says

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Germany's highest court rules parents not liable for adult children's file sharing

It took a stepfather two appeals to avoid liability for the actions of his stepson

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Red Hat takes more active role in CentOS, funds developers

Red Hat's involvement will assure future of the community distribution, says project chair

Munich City Hall

Moving a city to Linux needs political backing, says Munich project leader

Munich city authority has migrated almost 15,000 PCs from Windows NT to its own Linux distribution

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Swedish man sentenced to pay more than $650,000 for sharing movie online

The movie was shared to a platform that was not unlike the Pirate Bay, the public prosecutor said

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German coalition favors German-owned or open source software, aims to lock NSA out

The new coalition government promised Monday to support German software and take steps to protect European data from spying

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Marketers excited about Gmail image display changes

Tracking unique users who opened an email was made possible, marketers said

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Switch to open source successfully completed, city of Munich says

The 10-year long project has been a success, city officials said

HTC One

U.S. ITC to review ruling in patent dispute between Nokia and HTC

A review could lead to an import ban on infringing products