Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues.

EU court rejects Cisco's challenge to Microsoft-Skype merger

Microsoft and Skype have enough competition in Europe, the court ruled

US investigates allegations of Dell computer resales into Syria

Dell's standard contract prohibits distributors from reselling products to any sanctioned country, the company said

Tech giants form AllSeen Alliance to standardize the Internet of Things

The AllSeen Alliance is working on an open source framework that it says can be used to connect almost anything to the Internet

PCWorld News

Dutch minister to question US Embassy about rooftop antennas

Dutch concerns follow rooftop spying reports form Berlin, Rome and Milan

Cybersecurity

Wikileaks exposes secret, controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

The US exerted 'great pressure' in previous negotiation rounds, the documents indicate

Samsung, Philips among companies raided by EU antitrust investigators

Inspections are part of inquiry into anticompetitive practices.

Two arrested in Germany for hacking computers they used to generate bitcoins

The suspects used malware to build a botnet, German police said.

Open-source gaming ahoy! Valve joins Linux Foundation ahead of SteamOS launch

Valve becoming a Linux Foundation member could lead to innovative new gaming, the foundation said

Next-gen USB connector will (finally!) fit both ways

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group plans to publish a final specification for the USB Type-C connector by the middle of 2014

Nokia wins UK sales ban on the HTC One Mini

HTC has until the end of the week to appeal a sals ban on the HTC One Mini in the UK.

Drivers can use autonomous driving in commuting situations with traffic jams.

Self-driving cars to hit Swedish public roads

Volvo is starting a pilot project that aims to have 100 self-driving cars on Swedish public roads around the city of Gothenburg by 2017.

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google-privacy

Google's privacy policy violates Dutch data protection law, Dutch DPA says

The Dutch Protection Authority says Google spins an invisible web of our personal data without user consent.

New Creative Commons license gives users more flexibility

Authors and artists seeking to release works under a Creative Commons license now have more flexibility and choice when they want to share their works, Creative Commons said Thursday.

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Legal ruling

Google Hangouts infringes trademark, says US company Hanginout

Hanginout started the lawsuit while its trademark application is still pending.