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.

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.

Apple sued in California over touch patent

Apple products using touch technology infringe on a patent owned by the Pennsylvanian company FlatWorld Interactives, the company alleged in court documents filed on Friday.

Apple pursues ban on altered Samsung Galaxy tablet in Germany

A Dusseldorf court has set a date to hear an appeal from Apple, which is seeking an injunction preventing Samsung Electronics from selling a tablet modified to...

Google warns 20,000 websites they could be infected with malware

Google has warned 20,000 websites that they might be hacked and injected with JavaScript redirect malware, Google said.

Facebook warns employers not to ask job applicants for log-in credentials

Facebook on Friday warned employers about trying to gain inappropriate access to Facebook accounts to check out private information about potential employees, citing possible legal liability.

Firefox to turn on default encryption for all Google searches

Mozilla is currently testing default encrypted Google searches for all Firefox users, with the intent to make all Google searches encrypted in the near future.

Facebook loses German privacy lawsuit over Friend Finder, personal data

A German regional court judge has ruled that Facebook's use of user content and its Friend Finder feature violate privacy laws, and that it must change its terms of service.