Stories by Loek Essers

Facebook gets privacy ultimatum from German consumer groups

Facebook must stop providing personal data to third-party app makers without getting users' explicit consent, the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) said on Tuesday. If Facebook does not comply before next Monday, it could face legal action.

Global grid helps CERN find 'God particle'

A worldwide network of data centers played a key role in CERN's discovery of what may be the long-sought Higgs boson, or "God particle," thought to be part of the explanation for why matter has mass.

Kiwi in Berlin commits to total open source living for one year

Open source computer, open source mobile phone, open source toothbrush, open source jeans, open source video codec, open source camera, open source beer and even open source toilet paper: these are just a few things you need if you decide to make every aspect of your life open source for a year.

Wikileaks donations via Visa and MasterCard may resume, Icelandic court rules

Icelandic payments processor Valitor must reopen a gateway handling Visa and MasterCard donations to Wikileaks, a judge ruled Thursday. However, the gateway will probably remain closed while Valitor appeals the case, an attorney for DataCell, the Icelandic company hosting WikiLeaks' donations website, said on Friday.

ICANN keeps control over IANA Internet root

The U.S. NTIA has awarded ICANN the mandate to manage the assignment of IP addresses and the management of top-level domains until September 2015, the government agency announced on Monday.

EU offers Google a chance to avoid fines over four antitrust concerns

Google has "a matter of weeks" to address four antitrust issues identified by European Union antitrust regulators. If Google addresses these issues the case can be solved by a so-called "commitment decision" instead of formal antitrust proceedings resulting in a fine, said JoaquĆ­n Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy.