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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Thales shows watch app for plainclothes cops at French security show

French defense contractor Thales Communications & Security wants to take the smart watch back to its "Dick Tracy" origins with an app for plainclothes cops and security services.

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Newer supercomputers favor energy efficiency over raw speed, Top500 rankings suggest

Supercomputer spending is increasingly focusing on energy efficiency rather than raw performance, the latest edition of the Top500 list of the world's most powerful computers suggests.

Vĕra Jourová

EU wants US companies to report intelligence agency data access requests

The European Union wants U.S. businesses to report when U.S. intelligence agencies request access to data they hold about Europeans; the reporting is one of the conditions EU negotiators are imposing for signature of a new Safe Harbor agreement.

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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.

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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.