Peter SayerParis 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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Adblock extension begins whitelisting 'acceptable ads'

The decision by Eyeo, owner of the Adblock Plus browser extensions and mobile browser apps, to hand control of its acceptable ads program to an independent board has prompted the developer of another adblocker to join the program -- and sell his company.

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Samsung denies its TVs cheat on power consumption tests

Samsung Electronics has denied allegations that it designed its TVs to consume less energy during tests than they do in real-world situations.

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Adblock Plus creators plan independent board to decide ad acceptability

The creators of Adblock Plus will let an independent advisory board decide what ads are acceptable.


Australian university dumps Google for Microsoft over data hosting location concerns

Macquairie University in Australia has told staff it will switch their email accounts from Google Apps to Microsoft's hosted Office 365 service after Google announced plans to host the data in the U.S.

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Apple, Microsoft wield privacy as marketing tool

Apple and Microsoft have both wheeled out fresh explanations of their privacy policies, explaining how different they are from the likes of Google and Facebook.

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Will Russian hackers be first to play with a Google Cardboard lookalike from Microsoft?

At its Techdays event in Moscow next month, Microsoft is inviting developers to join a hackathon to create games and business apps for its VR Kit -- but it's not clear whether it's software or cardwear.

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Europe agrees to agree with everyone except US what 5G mobile technology should be

The EU now has deals with China, Japan and South Korea to agree on a definition of 5G by the end of the year. Will the U.S. join them?


British spies cast net to monitor every web surfer, everywhere, leaked documents show

British surveillance center GCHQ monitored network traffic around the world in order to build up a browsing profile for every Internet user, leaked documents show

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Google's Android deals could invite U.S. antitrust scrutiny

A joint DOJ-FTC investigation of Google's Android licensing deals may be in the offing.

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OVH's SOHO router aggregates and encrypts four DSL connections

OVH's OverTheBox is a SOHO router designed to deliver faster, more reliable Internet access in areas where fiber is unavailable or unaffordable.

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US protection of Europeans' personal data is inadequate, says EU court official

Rules for how U.S. companies handle Europeans' personal information under the Safe Harbor agreement do not ensure adequate protection of the data, according to the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Samsung teams with Sectra to secure mobile phones for governments

Sectra is working with Samsung to integrate its end-to-end hardware encryption system with the phone maker's Knox mobile security platform to create devices secure enough to carry government secrets.

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France tells Google to remove 'Right to be forgotten' search results worldwide

Google's request that a French regulator just forget about making the company apply a European court ruling to its .com domain has fallen on deaf ears.

Russian authority finds Google guilty of antitrust abuses

Google abuses its dominant market position to force smartphone vendors to install its apps on Android phones, the Russian antitrust authority has ruled.

Apple brings down apps, mainly Chinese ones, with malware

Intel sets up talking shop to improve automotive security

Intel is creating the Automotive Security Review Board to help the automotive industry use its hardware in a secure way -- and to persuade security researchers to help it find bugs in its own automotive hardware.