Topic / Netherlands

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

Nokia expands Apple patent infringement lawsuit to Europe

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Nokia has announced that it will expand its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple from the United States to courts in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, alleging that the iPhone maker used 13 of its patents without permission, such as one for basic gestures for touchscreens. The 13 are in addition to the 24 patents that it claims Apple infringed in United States courts.

Zune expands to new markets – brings movie rentals to Aussie gamers

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Big news from Redmond for gamers, and those who use their Xbox 360s as a media hub. Microsoft has decided to extend its Zune platform to more markets – despite the fact that the Zune player is only available (officially) in the United States. “The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” Craig Eisler, Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment Business […]

Mininova shuts tracker, goes legit with content delivery

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Mininova has announced that it will remove all copyright infringing material and use its site to deliver those under its Content Distribution Network, effective immediately, it said in a blog posting. Mininova was planning to install a filter under compliance with a  ruling by the Court of Utrecht that decided in favour with BRIEN, the industry group representing the recording and movie industries in the Netherlands before scrapping the idea […]

Pirate Bay banned in the Netherlands

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Even though the sale would allow (if it gets through, though) the Pirate Bay to operate in a legit business model, a Dutch court has banned the file sharing site based in the Scandinavian country Sweden after granting a motion by a copyright lobby group. Albeit temporary, the site’s owner have been ordered to “cease infringing the copyright” of products owned by members of Stichting Brein, a trade association that […]

IP spam goes to the next level – blogs get random comments from Amsterdam

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While we were gone, we started seeing these comments (like the one’s above), and we thought it was strange, but not suspicious – but when I keep getting notifications on G-Mail and Outlook about these comments, I decided something was wrong, and there is … it is a new type of the blogger’s worst enemy – comment spam. And it seems that is not alone. Many blogs are getting […]