Stories by Loek Essers

Qualcomm to buy Bluetooth and GPS chip designer CSR for $2.5B

Qualcomm has agreed to buy chip company CSR in a move to strengthen its focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected cars.

S-money invites French Twitter users to make their payments public

What could be better than an app that lets you make payments to friends, charities or crowdfunding sites with a few taps on your smartphone? How about an app that does all that -- and tells everyone what you spent.

#AskAnsip: Proposed EU digital chief to answer questions on Twitter

Anyone with a burning question about the European Union's upcoming tech agenda has the chance to get an answer during a Twitter chat on Wednesday with Andrus Ansip, who could soon be the European Commission's Vice-President of the Digital Single Market.

Europe to get €2.5 billion big data boost

Big data is going to get a big boost from the European Union, which will match an industry consortium's €2 billion investment with €500 million of public money over the next five years.

French Twitter users to be offered Twitter payment service

French Twitter users will be able to send money to one another with a tweet from later this week -- but the payment service isn't run by Twitter.

Proposed EU digital commissioners get green light from Parliament

Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger have won informal approval from the European Parliament to be the next EU digital commissioners.

Google, Facebook to discuss online extremism at dinner with EU officials

Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft representatives will discuss concerns about online radicalization and jihadist propaganda with EU officials at an informal dinner on Wednesday.

EU's likely next digital chief takes a swipe at US over data protection

Wasting no time, the European commissioner who could soon be co-leading the EU's digital agenda is already firing warning shots at the U.S. over data protection.

European Commission suspects Amazon has received illegal state aid

Amazon.com may have received illegal state aid from tax authorities in Luxembourg, where the company has a subsidiary that records most of its European profit, according to the European Commission.

European Commission told to publish UK mass Internet surveillance docs

Documents related to the alleged mass surveillance of the Internet by U.K. state agencies should be published by the European Commission, according to a recommendation by the EU's ombudsman.

European probe clears telcos of throttling Internet service

A European Commission investigation into whether telecom operators were throttling Internet traffic in order to gain an unfair advantage over rivals has turned up no smoking guns, but one of the companies that prompted the probe isn't happy with the result.

Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp takeover bid approved by EU

Facebook's US$19 billion bid for WhatsApp won the approval of European Union competition regulator on Friday.

Booksellers raise Amazon monopoly concerns with European Commission

Booksellers have met with European Commission officials to discuss their concerns that Amazon holds a monopoly in the online book market.

Angry Birds developer slashes up to 130 jobs to 'reignite growth'

Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind mobile game hit Angry Birds, will lay off up to 130 people in its home country.

Google bows to pressure, removes news snippets from German search results

In a move to minimize legal risks, Google has stopped showing news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites in search results.