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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Safe Harbor's ending makes for a good start for Cloud28+

After two months of beta testing, European enterprise app and service store Cloud28+ is open for business, making it easier for businesses wanting to host their applications or data in Europe to find a home for them.

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market

EU aims to give streaming content same freedom of movement as people

The European Commission wants to give music downloads and TV series the same freedom of movement as the people that subscribe to them, as part of an overhaul of European copyright law.

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EU hits Qualcomm with antitrust charge, says it plotted rival's demise

Qualcomm may have sold its chipsets below cost then illegally paid a customer to use the chips in order to force competitor Icera out of business, according to two sets of antitrust charges filed Tuesday by the European Commission.

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Apple's new Smart Battery Case extends your iPhone's life up to 25 hours

Apple has begun selling a smart battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s, featuring a clunky bulge that boosts battery life by 80 percent and phone thickness by 100 percent

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Belgian ban on Facebook cookies should apply to all of Europe, privacy watchdogs say

European data protection authorities say Facebook should only use cookies to track European visitors to its site if they have a Facebook account

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French police want to ban Tor, public Wi-Fi

Police in France have made their Christmas wish-list, and it includes banning Tor and public Wi-Fi, according to a French newspaper.

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EU just two votes away from scooping up air passenger data

A system for tracking European air passengers is just two votes -- and two years -- away from implementation, after the European Parliament reached a compromise with national governments on Friday.

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It's not just you: Azure Active Directory is down for Europe

A configuration error in Microsoft's Azure Active Directory service is preventing customers from accessing a wide range of Microsoft services hosted in Europe, including Office 365 and Visual Studio Team Services.

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Max Schrems launches new legal broadside at Facebook

After bringing down the Safe Harbor data transfer agreement, Max Schrems is turning his legal guns on the other mechanisms that enable the transatlantic commerce in Europeans' personal information -- and Facebook is in the line of fire again.

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UK intelligence service GCHQ is on trial for hacking

GCHQ, the British signals intelligence service, is in the dock accused of hacking computers without individual warrants in order to tap communications.

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Imagination hopes Creator board will woo IoT developers to its MIPS platform

Chip maker Imagination Technologies is readying a new development board to help hardware designers connect smart devices to the Internet.

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Visa will help Swatch's not-so-smart watch make payments in US

Swatch's Bellamy is a 'smart' watch that tells time, makes payments and not much else

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Kalinin nuclear power plant's new neighbor will be a data center

Russian utility RosEnergoAtom is builidng a datacenter next to its Kalinin nuclear power plant to profit from the steady supply of electricity and nearby communications links.

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Connected cars gather too much data about their drivers, say motorists associations

Car drivers may imagine they have greater privacy than public transport users, but that isn't necessarily the case in modern, connected cars, European motoring organizations warn.