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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Amazon got likely illegal tax deal in just two weeks, EU Commission says

Luxembourg thinks it will be able to convince the Commission the Amazon tax deal was legal

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US and UK to step up cyber defense efforts

More collaboration is needed to meet online threats, the UK's prime minister said

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Last call for last-minute flight booking charges, EU court rules

Booking services must show full price for flights, with no last-minute additions before a booking is confirmed, the EU's top court has ruled

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Apple and Ericsson sue each other in LTE patent royalty spat

Apple products infringe on Ericsson patents now the license agreement has expired, Ericsson said.

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EC balks at planned joint venture from large music licensing companies

But the 'collecting societies' of the U.K., Sweden and Germany are defending their plan, unveiled in 2013

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Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business

The ban could also have consequences for IBM, Huawei, Lenovo and Supermicro, but there are no apparent consequences to consumers, yet.

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Dutch government sued over data retention law

Data retention is under fire in many EU states

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Anti-terror cooperation with ISPs is 'essential' in wake of Paris shootings, EU ministers say

EU ministers push for more surveillance powers in wake of shootings at offices of Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere in Paris

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OS X Spotlight Search glitch can expose private details of Apple Mail users

Performing a Spotlight search opens email previews that load external images, even when the Mail client is asked not to do this

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Internet of Things companies need to ensure consumer privacy, warns US regulator

More effort is needed from Internet of Things companies to protect consumer privacy, the FTC chairwoman said

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Amsterdam traffic controllers offer commuters personalized route advice

Dutch traffic control will use a mobile app to control traffic flows and keep things moving on Amsterdam's busy roads

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New lie detector relies on full-body suit for better accuracy

Suits normally used by 3D graphics animators could help law enforcement spot lies

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Yes, US workers do still need their email

Very few of them think social media is an important tool for work

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In 2015, EU aims to sweep away old rules on data protection and copyright

The Commision wants to break down national barriers to create what it calls a digital single market

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Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'massive damage'

The hack is one of the rare examples in which a digital attack caused physical damage