Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues.

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.

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.

Samsung doesn't infringe on Apple's multitouch patent, Dutch court rules

Samsung's Galaxy devices don't infringe on an Apple multitouch patent that describes technology that prevents smartphone users from pushing two on-screen buttons at the same time, the Court of the Hague ruled on Wednesday. The technique used in Android is sufficiently different from Apple's patent, the judge said.

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Dutch judges exasperated in Apple-Samsung hearing

Samsung told a Dutch court on Friday that it has already changed the products that are targeted by an Apple-proposed sales ban so they no longer infringe. But the South Korean company's failure to provide evidence of the change exasperated the judges.

German court: Samsung, Motorola don't infringe on Apple's multitouch patent

Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility don't infringe on an Apple patent that describes technology that prevents smartphone users from pushing two buttons at the same time on a touch screen, the lower regional court in Mannheim ruled on Friday.

iPhone 4S exploited in Mobile Pwn2Own hacking contest in Amsterdam

Dutch security researchers hacked an iPhone 4S on Wednesday, showing how a malicious webpage can send all pictures, address book data and browsing history on the phone to a server of the attacker's choice.

University of California sues Facebook for patent infringement

The University of California is suing Facebook, alleging infringment on four patents that enable Internet browsers to host embedded interactive applications.

To avoid Dutch ban, Samsung says Android multitouch not as good as iOS

Samsung has claimed that the way Android's multitouch software works is not as good as Apple's, in a bid to avoid a recall and ban on sales of its Android smartphones in the Netherlands.

HP releases two beta versions of open-source webOS

Hewlett-Packard has released two beta versions of its open source webOS -- one for developers that runs on the Ubuntu Linux desktop, and one intended to help developers port webOS to new devices

SEC rule will require tech companies to disclose use of minerals from conflict zones

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a regulation on Wednesday requiring companies to publicly disclose if they used minerals that...

Apple denied sales ban on Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab in Germany

Apple was denied an injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and the adjusted Galaxy Tab 10.1N by the higher court of Munich.

Mozilla's concept iPad browser eliminates the URL bar, tabbed browsing

Mozilla developers are working on a browser concept for the iPad, dubbed "Junior."

Bug bounty hunters reveal eight vulnerabilities in Google services

Security researchers unveiled eight vulnerabilities in Google services during the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam on Thursday.