Stories by Loek Essers

Uber vows to defy German ban on its UberPop ride-sharing service

Uber Technologies must stop operating its ride sharing service UberPop in Germany or pay a fine, a German court has ruled -- but the ban could be short lived, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

Europol launches international cybercrime task force

Europol launched a cybercrime task force Monday to fight online crime in the EU and other countries.

European 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, report says

Europe's 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, a report to the European Commission recommends.

Nokia's navigation service Here comes to Samsung smartwatch and Galaxy

Samsung has partnered with Nokia to bring navigation service Here to its new smartwatch and Galaxy Android phones.

EU funds IT projects to help with flood monitoring and protection

The EU is investing in IT to help it and its citizens protect themselves from floods.

Widespread Time Warner Cable disruption affects Internet service subscribers

An issue with Time Warner Cable's Internet backbone disrupted the company's Internet and on demand services on Wednesday morning, the company said.

Gartner: After slump, server sales rise again in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Server shipments and revenue grew for the first time since 2011 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a trend likely to continue in the second half of the year, according Gartner.

Twitter expands European advertising network

Twitter has expanded its advertising network to 12 mostly central and eastern European markets, the company said Tuesday.

PlayStation network back online after DDoS attack

Sony's PlayStation and Entertainment networks are back online after they were forced offline by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the company said late Sunday.

Austrian court rejects Facebook 'class action' privacy suit, refers it to another court

A 'class action' suit against Facebook over its privacy policies was rejected by the commercial court of Vienna, and referred to the regional court in the same city, a commercial court spokesman said Friday.

Proxy server operator arrested by British copyright police

A 20-year-old British man was arrested for running the Immunicity proxy server, which provided access to 36 other websites that had been blocked for offering illegal or infringing content, the U.K. Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said Thursday.

Wikimedia: Right to be forgotten results in 'Internet riddled with memory holes'

Google has removed over 50 links to Wikipedia from its search results on European domains as a consequence of the EU's "right to be forgotten" ruling which, according to Wikimedia, "punches holes in free knowledge."

Monkey selfie, aboriginal language among Wikipedia copyright takedown requests

A selfie taken by a black macaque monkey and an entire aboriginal language were asked to be removed from Wikipedia by people who claimed to have the copyrights to them, the Wikimedia Foundation said in its first transparency report.

As Facebook privacy suit reaches 25,000 participant target, court is still unsure if it will allow it

An Austrian 'class action' lawsuit against Facebook over the company's privacy policies is expected to reach a limit of 25,000 participants on Wednesday. It remains however uncertain if the commercial court in Vienna will accept the case.

New ad-supported 2G free call app launched for Android

Nanu is a new ad-supported app for Android that allows its users to call each other for free even if they use low-bandwidth 2G networks, while it also allows some calls to landlines and mobile numbers for no cost.

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