Peter SayerParis Bureau Chief, IDG News Service

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

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Microsoft to follow Amazon into UK with cloud hosting service

Microsoft will open its own data center hosting Office 365 and Azure services in the UK next year

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ARM readies update to IoT platform -- but it's not ready for prime time yet

Chip designer ARM will be trying to convince developers that all is well with its IoT platform, mbed OS, at its TechCon event in Santa Clara, California, this week, as it delivers a technology preview in place of the final release developers they were expecting.

Cisco CEO Robbins

Cisco, Ericsson partner to build and sell next-gen networks

Ericsson and Cisco Systems are partnering to develop and sell next-generation networks -- Ericsson because it's cheaper than buying in or building the equipment itself, and Cisco because it's quicker than buying Ericsson.

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Amazon will open London datacenter by early 2017

Amazon Web Services will open its third European datacenter cluster by early 2017, CTO Werner Vogels said Friday.

Jack Ma

Alibaba offers to buy Chinese video service Youku Tudou for $4.4B

The Chinese e-commerce giant hopes to sell goods to viewers on video service Youku Tudou as it adds the company to its portfolio.

Vĕra Jourová

EU tells US it must make next move on new Safe Harbor deal

The European Union put the onus firmly on the U.S. to make the next move in negotiating a replacement for the now-defunct Safe Harbor Agreement on privacy protection for transatlantic personal data transfers.

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TPP revealed: What the once-secret trade deal means for online copyright

One month after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the governments of the U.S. and New Zealand have published the full treaty, including details of what ISPs must do to defend others' copyrights.

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Encryption ban banished from draft UK surveillance bill

Britons could soon have their web surfing recorded for later police consultation, but the government has reportedly backed off plans to order companies like Apple to unlock encrypted phones and messages

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TalkTalk breach investigation leads to fourth arrest

As the company scales back its estimate of the number of customers affected, the police dragnet is spreading -- and Members of Parliament are now taking a close interest in the case.

Infor CEO Charles Phillips

Infor says European data stays in Europe with its ERP service

Infor runs ERP and CRM services for its customers, hosting them in Amazon Web Services' cloud, but promises that when people want their data to stay in Europe, it will.

Manifold computer on a Matrice 100 drone

This hardware development platform can fly -- literally

DJI's Manifold computer has an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, USB, HDMI, Ethernet -- and a dedicated port to plug it into the company's Matrice 100 quadcopter.

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Fluffy carbon electrodes bring lithium-air batteries closer to reality

Lithium-air batteries will have a higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries, if a way can be found to make them. Researchers say that's still 10 years off, however.

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UK police arrest second teenager over TalkTalk hacking

An investigation into the leaking of the personal information of 4 million customers of UK telecommunications operator TalkTalk has prompted the arrest of a second teenager.

i can haz spectrum

Harder than herding cats: Networks seek international agreement on new mobile spectrum

Of the three ways carriers might boost the capacity of the mobile networks we increasingly rely on, the one they will try in Geneva next month is probably the hardest.

Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar

Split between EU privacy watchdogs on Safe Harbor worries business lobby

A decision by German data protection authorities to break ranks with their counterparts in other European Union countries on alternatives to Safe Harbor has business lobbyists worried.