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Angela Merkel to startups and entrepreneurs: "Can we be friends?"

It's quite a love fest in startup world. There was Neelie Kroes recently in Brussels calling them "rebels without a cause" and saying she had decidedly motherly feelings about entr...

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Family of Dutch web pioneer is suing Facebook and AddThis

The estate of a Dutch web pioneer  called Jos van der Meer is suing Facebook and Addthis over two patents - and very crucial patents for both companies at that. According to the complaint, which was filed in Virginia, Jos van der Meer was a computer scientist, programmer and inventor. In September 1998, Van der Meer filed two patents with the US Patent and Trademark office, for a technology to allow ordinary peop... Read more

EU to US: "Fine, we'll have that trade war over the right to be forgotten"

Last week, a US diplomat warned that the new European draft regulation about data protection could "spark a trade war". Now, Viviane Reding, EU commissioner for justice, let the US know that a trade war over the issue sounds absolutely fine to her. She says she will not yield to US lobbying to water down the data protection for EU citizens. As she told the FT: "Exempting non-EU companies from our data protection ... Read more

Amazon just went all 'patent troll' on second hand digital music, books and movies

Things just got strange: it seems that Amazon filed for a patent in May 2009 to do a landgrab on the market for second hand digital files. The patent describes a cloud based locker where consumers can store their digital music, books and movies. When a user is done with the music or book, he or she can resell it on a connected digital marketplace (= Amazon.com, basically). The locker will then transfer the music t... Read more

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen steps down

Today, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Ben Verwaayen will step down as CEO: “After due reflection, the Board has accepted Ben’s decision to step down as CEO.” The news comes amidst big financial and business problems for Alcatel-Lucent. In the fourth quarter of 2012, Alcatel reported a € 1,37 billion loss. For the year 2012, it burned € 679 million in cash. To buy time, Alcatel secured a € 1,6 bn eu... Read more

Dries Buytaert: "Drupal needs to start thinking bigger"

At the DrupalConf in Sydnea, Drupal creator Dries Buytaert said that he wants Drupal to think bigger. Currently, Drupal powers about 2 % of the world's websites. Buytaert would like to see that climb to about 10 percent. “People are excited about the direction we are going. But despite the fact that Drupal 8 looks very promising, I do believe we have a long way to go,” Buytaert said. To make that jump into the ... Read more