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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Now you can adopt emoji to help save the world's smaller languages

There are emoji everywhere these days -- but creating them doesn't come cheap, and now, says the Unicode Consortium, it's time to pay up.

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EU privacy law to require opt-in and make data processors share in responsibility

Companies will have to obtain customers' consent before collecting and processing their personal data, and could be fined as much as 4 percent of annual revenue for breaches of the rules.

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Better together: Qualcomm says no to split despite declining profit

After evaluating options to break the company up, Qualcomm has decided not to change its corporate structure despite an ongoing decline in revenue and profit.

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UK police arrest man suspected of Vtech toy hacking

Police investigating the hacking of Chinese toy company Vtech have made an arrest in the U.K.

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Bitcoin miner KnC is planning another four-week datacenter build-out

Four weeks: That's how long Swedish bitcoin mining company KnCMiner takes to build a new datacenter, from breaking ground to beginning operations.

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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.

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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.