Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

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.

Mosaid subsidiary sues Apple over wireless patents

Core Wireless Licensing has filed suit in a U.S. court against Apple, alleging infringement of eight wireless patents used in iPads and iPhones.

Lego combines the digital and physical in iPhone game

Danish toy company Lego is pushing its toys into the mobile age with the Life of George iPhone app, which combines a digital and physical gaming experience.

Hitwise: Google+ now eighth largest social network

Traffic exploded on Google+ after the social networking site opened to the public, shooting up 1,269 percent in one week. That makes Google+ the eighth largest social network on the Internet, Web analytics firm Hitwise says.

Financial researcher: HTML5 adoption might hurt Apple's profit

Financial research firm Bernstein Research says the widespread adoption of HTML5 for Web apps could cut Apple's operation profit growth by 30 percent, with Microsoft, Google and carriers benefiting.