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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USB Armory is the Swiss army knife of security devices

A USB-stick computer built around a processor with strong security capabilities

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OpenStack users: We need more experienced staff

Some companies are telling universities not to send them interns without OpenStack experience

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IT industry group slams burdens imposed by proposed EU privacy policy

A proposal by EU justice ministers to relax data protection rules for low-risk personal data doesn't go far enough, industry lobbyists say

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Orange targets home applications with new mobile-to-TV gadgets and services

In an Apple-style launch, French network operator Orange unveils its products for the next year

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Papers please: Russia requires Facebook, Twitter and Google to register as social networks or be blocked

If the companies refuse a second request to register as 'organizers of information distribution' they may be blocked in Russia

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Orange offers 'smart app' dev tool and global M2M location service

The company has created a new entity, Orange Applications for Business, to bring together its network and application integration services

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IBM buys access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas

With CrossIdeas, IBM is gaining auditing tools for policing segregation-of-duties violations across disparate systems

U.K. government embraces OpenDocument Format over proprietary file solutions

The move should make collaboration easier

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BlackBerry offers BES10 as a hosted service through partners

Businesses wanting the security of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 without the complexity of managing it onsite can now buy it as a hosted service from six BlackBerry partners.

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Verizon revenue rises steadily, driven by wireless service growth

A record number of new tablet users helped Verizon continue its growth

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ARM's chip licensing revenue and profit keep on rising

But royalty revenue from shipments of chips containing its designs has stalled as mobile operators sell off older phones

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New BlackBerry COO is ex-Sybase exec Marty Beard

BlackBerry has recruited a new chief operating officer, Marty Beard, recently CEO of cloud customer service company LiveOps and before that an executive at Sybase.

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French police question three over bitcoin website

Police were investigating the provision of online banking and gambling activities without the appropriate license

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IPv6 usage is climbing in Europe, while Asian countries are most ready for 4K TV, says study

Belgium is unexpected contender for most IPv6-friendly country, but no surprise that South Korea and Japan are most ready for 4K video

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Atos offers $845M for Bull to boost its security and HPC service offering

French IT services company Atos wants Bull's security and HPC skills to help expand its cloud and managed services businesses