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.

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Apple's new deregister tool prevents iMessages from being lost in limbo

Apple has set up a simple Web tool to allow former iPhone users to dissociate their phone number from iMessages.

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Time Warner Cable suffers from brief, nationwide Internet service outage

The outage affected more than 11 million residential customers

PlayStation Network back online after massive denial of service attack

The group that claimed responsibility for the PlayStation DDoS attack also diverted the flight of a Sony executive with a fake bomb scare.

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Nanu takes on Skype with free 2G calls, limited free calls to landlines and mobile phones

The app will shortly be avialble for iOS and Windows phone, Nanu said

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Facebook's Internet.org app gives Zambia mobile users free, basic Internet access

Mobile users in Zambia get free access to services like Wikipedia, Google and Facebook

Internet giants press for net neutrality in FCC filing

Strong net neutrality rules should keep the Internet open, dynamic and spontaneous for all, the companies said.

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Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results

European Google users may now see a warning when they search for a name

Large-scale tests with self-driving cars to hit Dutch roads

The Netherlands wants to be a front-runner of self-driving cars in Europe

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Facebook may launch a Snapchat rival dubbed 'Slingshot' soon

The new app could be launched this month.

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Reports: Google in talks to buy Twitch game-streaming service for $1 billion

The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal is not imminent, while Variety says Google has agreed to pay over $1 billion

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Game over? Philips seeks ban on Nintendo Wii consoles over remote control patents

Philips is seeking a ban on US imports and sales of Nintendo products such as the Wii and Wii U consoles, alleging they infringe its patents

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Snapchat offers video and instant text messaging

Conversations will be deleted when users leave the instant messaging screen, Snapchat said.

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Google Glass to get a workout from Dutch firefighters

Google Glass could be useful for tasks like cutting up a car to free a trapped person, the fire department said

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Class action suit filed against Google over children's in-app purchases

In-app purchases by minors led Google to pocket millions of dollars, according to a complaint.

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Adobe's Revel photo-editing app comes to Android

Users can upload unlimited images for free the first month, after that, uploads are limited

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