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.

Berlin court: Apple's privacy policy violates German data protection law

Apple violates German data protection law by asking for users' broad, overall consent in its privacy policy, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled.

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EU says Motorola abused its position by seeking and enforcing injunction against Apple

Motorola Mobility abuses its dominant position in the E.U. by seeking and enforcing an injunction against Apple in Germany on the basis of its mobile phone standard-essential patents (SEPs), the European Commission said in a preliminary antitrust review of the case on Monday.

Ban on iOS push mail stays but patent used to get it likely to be invalid, German court says

A patent that Motorola Mobility used to force Apple to turn off its iCloud push mail service in Germany is likely to be invalid, the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe said on Wednesday--but the ban will not be lifted, a court spokeswoman said.


Motorola patent that banned Apple's push mail in Germany may be invalid, court says

A Motorola Mobility patent that was successfully used to force Apple to turn off its iCloud push email services for users in Germany last year could be invalid, the District Court in Mannheim, Germany, said on Friday.

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Find My Mac both useful and frustrating for law enforcement

Find My Mac can be used to show the location of a stolen Mac, but the service often does not provide enough evidence to obtain a search warrant and get the stolen device back to its rightful owner, the Dutch police said on Monday.


Samsung's 3G patent ruled invalid in Germany

A patent that Samsung considers essential to the 3G standard was invalidated by the German Federal Patent Court that ruled in favor of Apple.

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Patent officials reinstate three Apple patent claims, but not one key to Samsung suit

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has reinstated three claims in an Apple patent it had tentatively rejected last fall. But it did not reinstate the claim involved in Apple's lawsuit against Samsung.

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Apple buys indoor mapping app startup WiFiSlam

Apple has acquired mapping startup WiFiSlam, which is developing an indoor location service for smartphones, Apple said Monday.

Valve sued in Germany over game ownership

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) sued computer game distributor Valve because it prohibits Steam gamers from reselling their games.

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Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent suit if it objected to no-poaching pact

According to documents unsealed as part of a private antitrust suit, Steve Jobs once threatened Palm with a patent lawsuit if it did not enter into an agreement in which the companies pledged not to hire employees from each other.


Dutch court: Samsung's Galaxy Tabs do not infringe on Apple design right

Samsung's Galaxy tablets do not infringe on an Apple design right, the District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday in response to a request by Samsung.

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Samsung drops European injunction requests against Apple

Samsung dropped all claims pending in European courts in which it asserted patents that are essential for mobile communication devices to prevent the sales of Apple products in Europe.

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Google Maps for iPhone could violate European law

When users install Google Maps on their iPhone, the option to share location data with Google is switched on by default. By doing this, Google violates European data protection law, according to a German data protection watchdog.

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Apple gets sales ban on some Samsung Galaxy products in the Netherlands

A Dutch court has banned sales of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy products that infringe on an Apple patent describing a way to scroll through a photo gallery using a touchscreen.

Apple increases App Store prices in Europe

Apple has increased the prices of apps sold through its iTunes App Store in Europe because of exchange rate changes.