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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German court denies Uber's request for suspension of nationwide ban

The court also banned an UberPop driver from taking fares

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German court requires Google to stop ignoring customer emails

Emails sent to Google used to go unanswered by default

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Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

Copying the work to a USB stick is also allowed, but only if the rights holder gets paid, the CJEU said

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Decision in EU Google antitrust case postponed to next Commission's term

The matter will be handed over to the next Commission in November

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Apple's slide-to-unlock patent not willfully infringed by Samsung, judge rules

Samsung had good reason to think the patent invalid, Judge Lucy Koh said

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Google convenes first 'right-to-be-forgotten' meeting

It hosts the first of seven meetings, which one critic has labeled a PR stunt.

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Apple denied retrial in Samsung patent case

The court also denied most of Apple's other motions

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EU wants more concessions from Google in antitrust case

A competitor calls it troubling Google make get a fourth chance to propose terms

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Facebook fan page operators not responsible for user data, German appeals court confirms

But a German data protection commissioner called the decision 'a catastrophe and a setback for data protection'

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Publishers urge European Commission to reject Google antitrust deal

Accepting Google's commitments would secure its dominance rather than temper it, the publishers said

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Apple demands damages after court denies sales ban on Samsung products

Apple is looking for at least $6.46 per Samsung product that infringes on three patents

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Samsung, Philips and others fined by EU for participating in smartcard cartel

The companies exchanged sensitive commercial information on pricing, customers and contract negotiations, the Commission said

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Uber vows to defy German ban on its UberPop ride-sharing service

Uber can be fined up to €250,000 if it continues to operate its UberPop service in Germany, a court there has ruled

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Europol launches international cybercrime task force

The FBI and the UK National Crime Agency are part of the team

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European 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, report says

The extra spectrum is needed to meet increasing demand for video on mobile devices