Stories by Loek Essers

Google's Schmidt meets EU competition chief to discuss antitrust woes

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and other company officials have met with the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to discuss the ongoing antitrust investigation into Google's search practices.

By Loek Essers | 04 March, 2015 02:52

Tags: antitrust, Google, european commission, legal, internet, search engines

EU data protection reform 'badly broken,' civil liberty groups warn

Leaked documents show that the European Union's data protection is on its way to become an empty shell devoid of meaning, European civil rights groups warned Tuesday.

By Loek Essers | 04 March, 2015 01:00

Tags: Council of the European Union, regulation, security, legislation, government, data protection, privacy

Europe's political youth organizations demand strict net neutrality rules

European political youth organizations have demanded that European countries draft strict and clear net neutrality rules that prevent ISPs from discriminating against certain Internet traffic.

By Loek Essers | 03 March, 2015 03:24

Tags: Council of the European Union, regulation, european commission, legislation, government, internet, European Parliament

Iran ready to work with Google, other global Internet companies

Iran is ready to cooperate with Google and other global Internet companies to allow them to operate in the country, according to Iranian media reports.

By Loek Essers | 03 March, 2015 02:01

Tags: Google, government, internet

Chip makers NXP and Freescale plan merger, focusing on car chips and wearables

Chip makers NXP Semiconductors Freescale Semiconductor are to merge, creating a US$40 billion company that, they say, leads the market in automotive chips and general-purpose microcontrollers.

By Loek Essers | 02 March, 2015 22:42

Tags: business issues, Freescale Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, Mergers and acquisitions

Google agrees to Italian privacy authority audits in the US

Google has agreed to on-the-spot audits at its U.S. headquarters in order to comply with Italy's data protection laws.

By Loek Essers | 21 February, 2015 04:04

Tags: Google, security, privacy

Sensors and lasers will help Volvo's self-driving cars stay on the road

A complex network of sensors, lasers and a cloud-based positioning system are part of a plan from Volvo Cars to have 100 self-driving cars on the road by 2017.

By Loek Essers | 21 February, 2015 00:27

Tags: Automotive, industry verticals, Volvo

Apple sued for poaching car battery engineers

Apple has been sued by electric car battery maker A123 Systems for poaching five of its employees to help set up a large scale battery division.

By Loek Essers | 20 February, 2015 00:06

Tags: A123 Systems, Apple, Civil lawsuits, legal

Google faces Russian antitrust complaint over Android app bundling

Russian search engine Yandex has accused Google of illegally favoring its own services by forcing Android device manufacturers to install its own apps and exclude apps from competitors.

By Loek Essers | 18 February, 2015 22:43

Tags: antitrust, Google, legal, Yandex

Payments startup iZettle makes chip & PIN card reader available for free

With a free Chip & PIN card reader, Swedish mobile payments company iZettle is lowering the threshold for small companies to start accepting card payments.

By Loek Essers | 17 February, 2015 22:38

Tags: mobile applications, retail, iZettle, finance, mobile, industry verticals

Campaigners offer simpler way to find out if British government spied on you

There's now an easier way to discover whether the U.K. intelligence services illegally obtained your information from their U.S. colleagues -- but you'll have to tell a U.K. campaign group as well as the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters your details to find out.

By Loek Essers | 17 February, 2015 04:37

Tags: Privacy International, security, U.S. National Security Agency, Civil lawsuits, legal, U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), privacy

Proposal for altered data retention law is still unlawful, Dutch DPA says

The Dutch government's proposed revision of the country's data retention law is not enough to bring it into compliance with a recent European Union court ruling, the Dutch privacy watchdog said Monday.

By Loek Essers | 17 February, 2015 00:54

Tags: security, data protection, legislation, government, privacy

EU air passenger surveillance system could be ready for take-off by year end

Despite privacy concerns and doubts over its usefulness, a plan to track passengers entering or leaving the European Union in a series of national databases is likely to become reality by the end of the year.

By Loek Essers | 14 February, 2015 01:08

Tags: regulation, european union, security, legislation, government, privacy

Facebook lets users appoint an heir for their accounts

Facebook now allows users in the U.S. to pick a friend or relative to manage their accounts when they pass away.

By Loek Essers | 13 February, 2015 01:37

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social media, internet, Facebook

SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSD sales ban upheld, but drives in stock can be sold

A preliminary sales ban on certain controller chips that SanDisk uses in its high-speed, solid-state ULLtraDIMM drives has been upheld by a U.S. appeals court. The court also ruled, however, that the company can sell existing products in stock that use the chips.

By Loek Essers | 12 February, 2015 05:07

Tags: Netlist, intellectual property, Civil lawsuits, legal, Diablo Technologies, sandisk

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