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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EU questions Facebook competitors over WhatsApp deal

The European Commission sent questionnaires to companies, probing potential effects of the acquisition

Tor exit node operator convicted of abetting spread of child porn

The decision will probably have no direct effect on the liability issues of running Tor services, an Austrian ISP association said.

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EMC acquires TwinStrata to push corporate data into the cloud

EMC will embed TwinStrata's CloudArray into its new VMAX3 enterprise data service platform

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Don't touch Bitcoin till we come up with some rules, regulator warns European banks

Bitcoin has too many risks associated with it, the European Banking Authority warned

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'Right to be forgotten' leads Google to conceal certain stories from UK media sites

Google is deleting links to articles as part of the ruling, giving rise to a huge, if indirect, challenge to press freedom, The Guardian said

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EU court orders more transparency over US-EU terrorist finance tracking program

EU officials must be more transpartent about the way a deal to send EU citizens' banking data to the US was negotiated, a court has ruled

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ISPs sue UK spooks over network spying

The complaint is based on Snowden's revelations

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Europe investing €5 billion to boost electronics sector

The investements should help Europe become a leader in electronics design and manufacturing, the European Commission said

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Europe cuts roaming charges, plans to eliminate them by end of next year

Data roaming charges for EU subscribers will be cut by as much as 55 percent on Tuesday

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Austrian court axes data retention law following EU high court ruling

Regulations to fight crime should be in line with human rights, Austria's Constitutional Court said

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Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results

European Google users may now see a warning when they search for a name

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Europe and US edge closer to data protection deal

The umbrella data protection agreement has been under negotiation for more than three years

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Google's 2GB RAM upgrade for new Glass explorers angers early adopters

Google might be seeing a lot of "defective" Glass models this month, one commenter said

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Exposing hidden domain registrations could hurt innocent users more than criminals

Proxy services to hide details of domain registrants from the Whois database should be allowed, a researcher said

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Nintendo's Wii infringes on Philips' remote control patents, UK court rules

Similar cases are pending in the US, Germany and France