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Sierra Wireless files complaints about Nokia's patent licensing

Canadian wireless modem maker Sierra Wireless has filed complaints with the European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that Nokia is behaving unfairly in patent licensing.

Written by Loek Essers21 Nov. 13 12:18

Berlin court rules Google privacy policy violates data protection law

Google's privacy policy and terms of service violate German data protection law, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled Tuesday. The clauses are too vaguely formulated and can restrict the rights of consumers, said the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), which brought the case..

Written by Loek Essers20 Nov. 13 12:54

Skype, Microsoft cleared in Luxembourg NSA investigation

Luxembourg's data protection authority cleared Microsoft and its subsidiary Skype of data protection violations related to the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism spying program, the agency said Monday.

Written by Loek Essers18 Nov. 13 15:41

Google to warn users of 13,000 search terms associated with child pornography

Google will display warnings above the search results for 13,000 terms it believes are associated with more explicit child sexual abuse terms, it announced Monday. Microsoft said it will take similar action on its Bing search engine, and on Yahoo searches powered by Bing.

Written by Loek Essers18 Nov. 13 14:42

Motorola's push mail patent ruled partly invalid in Germany

The German Federal Patent Court has branded as partly invalid a Motorola message synchronization patent that was used to force Apple to switch off iOS push email services in Germany for more than a year.

Written by Loek Essers14 Nov. 13 16:48

Europe allows in-flight 3G and 4G broadband

The European Commission gave airlines permission to offer their passengers Internet access via 3G and 4G connections so they can send emails and surf the Web while in flight.

Written by Loek Essers14 Nov. 13 14:29

Belgium, Netherlands investigate alleged NSA spying on bank payments data

The Belgian and Dutch Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) said Wednesday that they will investigate the security of SWIFT, which runs an international bank messaging system, following allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency unlawfully accessed SWIFT data.

Written by Loek Essers13 Nov. 13 17:54

Suse Linux Enterprise expands regular support to 10 years

Suse Linux Enterprise (SLE) version 11 and up will come with 10 years of general support instead of the seven years offered up to now, in a move that matches services from competitors.

Written by Loek Essers13 Nov. 13 16:04

Microsoft abandons employee-ranking system

Microsoft is abandoning a ranking system that has been blamed for hampering innovation and pitting employees against one another.

Written by Loek Essers13 Nov. 13 13:17