Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

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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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BBM coming to Windows Phone, Nokia X

The messaging service will be available on the phones this summer

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German privacy regulator: WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure service

The German data protection authority recommended Swiss WhatsApp alternatives Threema and myEnigma

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Philips' intelligent supermarket lighting can help you find your groceries

The LED lighting system uses lighting fixtures that form a dense network that acts as a positioning grid and lets retailers send location-based data to shoppers via an app, according to Philips.

Google, car companies to bring Android to cars

The Open Automotive Alliance wants to bridge the gap between mobile devices and cars

Tech giants form AllSeen Alliance to standardize the Internet of Things

The AllSeen Alliance is working on an open source framework that it says can be used to connect almost anything to the Internet

Next-gen USB connector will (finally!) fit both ways

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group plans to publish a final specification for the USB Type-C connector by the middle of 2014

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Nokia wins UK sales ban on the HTC One Mini

HTC has until the end of the week to appeal a sals ban on the HTC One Mini in the UK.

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Drivers can use autonomous driving in commuting situations with traffic jams.

Self-driving cars to hit Swedish public roads

Volvo is starting a pilot project that aims to have 100 self-driving cars on Swedish public roads around the city of Gothenburg by 2017.

New Creative Commons license gives users more flexibility

Authors and artists seeking to release works under a Creative Commons license now have more flexibility and choice when they want to share their works, Creative Commons said Thursday.

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Google Hangouts infringes trademark, says US company Hanginout

Hanginout started the lawsuit while its trademark application is still pending.

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Pirate Bay co-founder will be extradited to Denmark

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg will be extradited to Denmark on Wednesday, a Swedish public prosecutor confirmed Friday.