Stories by Loek Essers

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

SAP will cut over 2,200 jobs this year in activities where it sees no future, but plans to create others around cloud services and its HANA in-memory database offering, where it sees more potential.

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

E-books must be subject to the full rate of value-added tax (VAT), and European Union countries may not extend tax exemptions for books to include e-books, the EU's highest court ruled Thursday, adding that it considers downloadable e-books to be services.

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

European Union countries have proposed keeping roaming charges around at least until mid-2018, going against proposals from the European Parliament and Commission for their all-out abolition by the end of the year.

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

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and other company officials have met with the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to discuss the ongoing antitrust investigation into Google's search practices.

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

Leaked documents show that the European Union's data protection is on its way to become an empty shell devoid of meaning, European civil rights groups warned Tuesday.

Europe's political youth organizations demand strict net neutrality rules

European political youth organizations have demanded that European countries draft strict and clear net neutrality rules that prevent ISPs from discriminating against certain Internet traffic.

Iran ready to work with Google, other global Internet companies

Iran is ready to cooperate with Google and other global Internet companies to allow them to operate in the country, according to Iranian media reports.

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

Chip makers NXP Semiconductors Freescale Semiconductor are to merge, creating a US$40 billion company that, they say, leads the market in automotive chips and general-purpose microcontrollers.

Google agrees to Italian privacy authority audits in the US

Google has agreed to on-the-spot audits at its U.S. headquarters in order to comply with Italy's data protection laws.

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

A complex network of sensors, lasers and a cloud-based positioning system are part of a plan from Volvo Cars to have 100 self-driving cars on the road by 2017.

Apple sued for poaching car battery engineers

Apple has been sued by electric car battery maker A123 Systems for poaching five of its employees to help set up a large scale battery division.

Google faces Russian antitrust complaint over Android app bundling

Russian search engine Yandex has accused Google of illegally favoring its own services by forcing Android device manufacturers to install its own apps and exclude apps from competitors.

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

With a free Chip & PIN card reader, Swedish mobile payments company iZettle is lowering the threshold for small companies to start accepting card payments.

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

There's now an easier way to discover whether the U.K. intelligence services illegally obtained your information from their U.S. colleagues -- but you'll have to tell a U.K. campaign group as well as the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters your details to find out.

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

The Dutch government's proposed revision of the country's data retention law is not enough to bring it into compliance with a recent European Union court ruling, the Dutch privacy watchdog said Monday.