Stories by Loek Essers

LCD cartel fines reduced by E.U. court

The General Court of the European Union has slightly reduced fines imposed on LG Display and InnoLux for taking part in a cartel that fixed prices of LCD panels.

Munich opts for open source groupware from Kolab

Munich is continuing its switch to open source software with its decision to start using Kolab Enterprise groupware for its city-wide IT infrastructure.

Still more protection needed from patent trolls in the EU, tech vendors say

Leading tech vendors again urged European officials to protect them from patent trolls while creating a new pan-European patent system.

BBM coming to Windows Phone, Nokia X

BlackBerry's mobile messaging service BBM will be available for Windows Phone and Nokia X users this summer, the company announced Monday during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Google acquires Spider.io to fight ad fraud

Google claimed it's ratcheting up the fight against fraud in online advertising, disclosing Friday that it has bought Spider.io, a London company specializing in ad fraud detection technology.

WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure service, German privacy regulator urges

WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure messaging service now that it is being bought by Facebook, a German data protection commissioner urged Thursday.

Open-Xchange adds cloud storage to its app suite

Collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange added cloud storage to its offerings to allow users to sync files, folders, documents and pictures.

KPN strikes deal with Silent Circle to offer encrypted phone calls

Dutch telecom operator KPN has struck a deal with encrypted communications provider Silent Circle to start offering its Dutch, German and Belgian customers encrypted phone calls and text messages.

German publishers join collecting society to collect money from Google

Twelve German online news publishers have taken a 50 percent stake in collecting society VG Media, with the aim of receiving compensation from search engines that republish parts of news articles.

Facebook must comply with German data protection law, court rules

Facebook has to comply with German data protection law, the Higher Court of Berlin ruled in a decision that directly contradicted an earlier decision by another court.

Merkel and Hollande to talk about avoiding US servers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande will discuss this week how Europe can keep email traffic away from U.S. servers.

Philips' intelligent supermarket lighting can help you find your groceries

Philips is piloting an intelligent supermarket lighting system that can help shoppers find their groceries based on their location in the store, the company said Monday.

No authorisation required for hyperlinks to copyright works, CJEU says

The owner of a website does not require authorisation of the copyright holder to link to freely accessible copyright works on another site, even if Internet users get the impression that the work is appearing on the site that contains the link, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said Thursday.

Five arrested in Dutch hidden online marketplaces crackdown

Five men were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly trafficking drugs and weapons via hidden online marketplaces, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service said Wednesday.

Mozilla plans to place ads in new Firefox tabs

Mozilla is going to show advertising to Firefox users to increase its sources of revenue that now mainly comes from Google, the company said Wednesday.

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