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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SAP to cut 2,200 jobs, plans to recreate them in other parts of the company

There will be no impact on customers, SAP said

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No reduced tax rate for e-books, top EU court rules

Value-added tax on e-books must be charged at the full rate, not the reduced rate for paper books, the CJEU ruled

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EU countries agree on watered-down roaming and net neutrality plans

Discussions with the European Parliament on a final compromise text will probably continue until the fall

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Google's Schmidt meets EU competition chief to discuss antitrust woes

It was the first time Google executives got the chance to discuss the case with the EU's new antitrust chief

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EU data protection reform 'badly broken,' civil liberty groups warn

Something needs to change soon to save the EU's data protection reform, the groups said

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Europe's political youth organizations demand strict net neutrality rules

EU member states are set to adopt a draft regulation on net neutrality later this week

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Iran ready to work with Google, other global Internet companies

Western companies can start offering services in Iran, as long as they abide by local laws

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Chip makers NXP and Freescale plan merger, focusing on car chips and wearables

The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2015

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Google agrees to Italian privacy authority audits in the US

Google will also be subject to quarterly checks in Italy

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Sensors and lasers will help Volvo's self-driving cars stay on the road

The cars will be packed with loads of technology to ensure a safe trip

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Apple sued for poaching car battery engineers

The suit adds fuel to rumors Apple is developing an electric vehicle

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Google faces Russian antitrust complaint over Android app bundling

Google should stop mandatory bundling of its own services with Android, Russian search engine Yandex said in the complaint

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Payments startup iZettle makes chip & PIN card reader available for free

The free reader could entice more small European merchants to start accepting card payments

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Campaigners offer simpler way to find out if British government spied on you

The price of convenience, though, is handing your contact details not just to GCHQ but also to a tribunal and Privacy Internatinoal

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Proposal for altered data retention law is still unlawful, Dutch DPA says

Obliging telecom companies to retain customer data for months to help the police catch criminals is disproportionate, the DPA said