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.

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.

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.