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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Google asks for, and gets, extra time to respond to European antitrust charges

Google now has until mid-August to respond, likely delaying a settlement until after the long summer vacation

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Dutch court wants expert to hunt Facebook's systems for lost revenge porn data

A Dutch court won't take Facebook's word it has deleted data that could identify the person behind a now-deleted pseudonymous account from which a sex tape was posted, and wants the company to allow an independent expert to scour its systems for the missing information.

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Google, Microsoft among biggest IT industry lobbyists at European Commission

Google was the most prolific corporate lobbyist in Brussels between December and June, with 32 meetings with senior officials

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Pressure mounts in EU to treat Facebook and Twitter as critical infrastructure

The move would subject them to the rules on network protection and data breach notification as banks and energy networks.

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EU faces IT staff shortfall of 825,000, redoubles training

Four more countries have launched public-private partnerships to fund IT training across the EU

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News site held liable for hateful comments, prompting free-speech concerns

The ruling involving an Estonian news site has prompted concern that it undermines EU rules protecting online intermediaries.

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Facebook's privacy problems in Belgium highlight weaknesses in EU legislation

Belgium's privacy regulator is taking to the courts to make itself heard

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Amazon now an open book on search warrants and subpoenas

Amazon has published its first transparency report, years after some of its rivals

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German climate researchers prepare for rising seas of data

One upgrade is leading to another for IT staff at DKRZ, as a faster supercomputer threatens to flood an existing storage system with data

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French lawmakers take first step toward gathering all communications metadata

The French National Assembly agreed to let spies gather data about phone calls and Internet use

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French Senate wants Google to promote its search competitors

Senators are concerned at the powerthat search engine algorithms have to influence the French economy

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The Apple Watch stampede starts online, selling out despite thin crowds at stores

The highly anticipated smartwatch went on presale this morning and is already sold out until June.

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IBM joins race to upgrade webmail interface with Verse

IBM aims to eliminate clutter and understand the user's needs with its Verse web interface for email

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French self-driving car goes for a spin around Paris monument

Valeo and Safran expect self-driving cars on the roads by 2020, but on the way they must navigate stop lights, pedestrians ... and cannons.

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Huawei multiplies partnerships with software and service providers

Huawei Technologies is busy partnering with companies in Europe and elsewhere to grow its enterprise hardware business