Peter SayerIDG News Service Paris bureau chief, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

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Ads mislead over broadband Internet access pricing, regulator warns

Pricing in ads for broadband Internet access is too often misleading and needs tighter regulation.

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Amazon.com shows European Commission one way to eliminate geoblocking in e-commerce

With its latest distribution initiative, Amazon.com might achieve what the European Commission has struggled with for years: the creation of a borderless online marketplace where the price of goods and the cost of shipping them is the same for all European Union citizens.

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Craig Wright claims he's mysterious bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright is bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he has claimed on his personal blog and in media interviews.

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Google could face EU antitrust charges over Android next week

After a year-long investigation, the European Commission is about to accuse Google of abusing its dominant position in the smartphone OS market.

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EU gives companies two years to comply with sweeping new privacy laws

Companies could face massive fines in 25 European Union countries if they mishandle citizens' personal information, under a new privacy law due to take effect in 2018.

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EU plan to collect, not share, air traveler data is ‘absurd'

Air passengers entering or leaving the European Union will have their movements kept on file by police authorities from 2018 under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament.

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EU privacy regulators: Commission ‘could do better’ on Privacy Shield

The Privacy Shield transatlantic data transfer arrangement is better than its predecessor, Safe Harbor, but still not good enough, European Union data protection authorities said Wednesday.

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Atos aims to deliver an exaflop supercomputer to French government by 2020

Computer manufacturer Atos has named its first customer for Bull sequana, a supercomputer design it hopes will reach exaflop levels of performance by 2020.

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Microsoft endorses EU-US Privacy Shield data sharing pact

Microsoft is throwing its weight behind the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, which is intended to safeguard the privacy of European Union citizens when their personal information is exported to the U.S. for processing.

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Beyond bitcoin: 5 things you need to know about blockchain technology

Talk of blockchain technology is everywhere, it seems -- but what is it, and what does it do?

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Hyperlinking to unlawfully published copyright images is still legal, says top European judge

Publishing hyperlinks to photos from, say, Playboy magazine is legal -- even if the website linked to doesn't have permission to publish the images, a top European Union judge has said.

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Facebook takes a guess at what's in pictures to help visually impaired

With images an ever-growing proportion of what we share on social networks, Facebook fears that users with visual impairments may be missing out.

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BlackBerry makes BBM's paid privacy features free

With privacy and secrecy functions a given in competing messaging systems, BlackBerry is dropping the subscription fee for users of the 'retract' and 'timer' functions of its cross-platform BBM messaging app.

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EU looks to autonomous vehicles to restart stalled road safety program

The European Union is looking to connected vehicles and autonomous driving to reduce traffic fatalities, after a disappointing year for road safety.

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IBM to buy Salesforce.com consulting specialist Bluewolf

IBM sees customers of Salesforce.com as key to growing revenue at its Global Business Services consulting division.