Peter SayerParis Bureau Chief, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers European public policy, artificial intelligence, the blockchain, and other technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

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Digiwell's implanted NFC chip lets you open doors with a wave of your hand

Forget learning lock-picking: At Cebit, Digiwell will fit you with an NFC chip that will let you open doors without a key.

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HPE offers new business model for fashion, fitness and gaming businesses

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a new business model for the clothing retail, fitness and PC gaming industries: Get into the modeling business.

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After New York, gigabit public Wi-Fi comes to Berlin

New York got its first taste of free gigabit Wi-Fi in January, when CityBridge turned on its first LinkNYC hotspots. Now it's Berlin's turn.

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Vodafone readies pan-European virtual private cloud service for SMEs

Small businesses with global ambitions will soon have a new cloud partner -- at least wherever Vodafone has data centers.

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Mizuho Bank speeds international securities transactions using blockchain

Japan's Mizuho Bank is considering using blockchain technology to speed the cross-border transfer of financial instruments.

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French legislators want to compel companies to decrypt data, because terrorism

Legislators in France are trying to make the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation jealous of their French counterparts.

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Gogo buys more satellite capacity after lawsuit over slow in-flight Wi-Fi

In-flight Internet provider Gogo plans to boost access speeds after a legal spat with customer American Airlines over slow service.

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Cisco makes a rare hardware play with Leaba Semiconductor acquisition

Cisco Systems is buying in some chip expertise that could help it in the datacenter.

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Facebook faces privacy policy antitrust investigation in Germany

Facebook may be abusing a dominant position in the market for social networks to impose unfair privacy policies on its users, Germany's antitrust authority suspects.

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NTT Com adds OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and bare metal option to global cloud service

NTT Communications is adopting OpenStack in its public cloud, and introducing a bare-metal option to its hosted private cloud offering. It is also expanding connectivity and management tools for hybrid cloud environments.

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5 things you need to know about the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement

The Privacy Shield agreement is intended to guarantee the personal information of European Union citizens the same privacy protection when processed in the U.S. as it would receive at home. Here are five things to know about the agreement.

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EU adds detail to Privacy Shield agreement, prepares to give it force of law

The European Commission has detailed the steps businesses must take to comply with the Privacy Shield data protection agreement, reached in principle with U.S. authorities earlier this month.

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Oral B's high-tech toothbrush has Bluetooth, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and cloud storage

Oral B's next toothbrushing system will have accelerometers, gyroscopes, a Bluetooth link to a smartphone app, and cloud storage. Have they left anything out?

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Oppo shows off faster-than-fast charging for its future smartphones

The most frustrating thing about Oppo's SuperVOOC fast-charging demonstration at Mobile World Congress is waiting for the battery to discharge so that they can run it again.

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Two different routes to crowdsourcing indoor location data at Mobile World Congress

Determining indoor location based on Wi-Fi signal strength is easy enough if you know precisely where the access points are located, but gathering that information across a wide area is time-consuming. What, though, if you could offer an indoor location service while crowdsourcing the information needed to provide it?