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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Canon balances privacy, efficacy in CCTV demos

Canon is experimenting with new CCTV tools that allow cameras to follow you everywhere you go -- or make them blind to your presence

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Big changes continue at Twitter: Company to lay off 8 percent of engineers

Twitter will work better with a "nimbler" engineering team, Dorsey tells staff.

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VMware brings Michigan to Europe to boost virtual networking

VMware added new management features to its public cloud platform for resellers, and its NFV platform for carriers, at VMworld in Barcelona -- and unveiled a new networking techology preview, Project Michigan

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Sikur joins secure smartphone race with $849 handset

The GranitePhone is made by French consumer electronics company Archos, with software from cloud services company Sikur

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LogMeIn buying password manager LastPass

LogMeIn hopes to bring even more consolidation to the single-sign-on market with the acquisition of password management service LastPass.

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Widely used SHA-1 algorithm could succumb to attack, researchers warn

The SHA-1 hashing algorithm, still used to sign almost one in three SSL certificates, can now be attacked for as little as $75,000, and should be urgently retired, researchers say

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Sony ups its motion-detection game with Softkinetic buy

Sony has bought Softkinetic, a Belgian developer of time-of-flight distance sensors, bringing it the technology to add motion capture to new devices

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Verizon will use its mobile supercookie to target customers with AOL ads

In an update to its privacy policy, Verizon has warned its customers that it will use its mobile supercookie to target ads from the AOL network displayed on sites around the Web.

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No need to panic: European Commission upbeat about Safe Harbor ruling

European Commissioners took time out from discussing the plight of refugees to examine the Court of Justice's rejection of the Safe Harbor data protection agreement and were upbeat about the consequences.

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Doom or delight? Safe Harbor ruling casts uncertainty on privacy dealings

The Safe Harbor agreement protected businesses exporting personal data from the EU to the US -- but a court ruling has declared it invalid, opening a legal void.

Europe's top court rules the Safe Harbor data transfer agreement with U.S. is invalid

The Safe Harbor data protection agreement is invalid, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in a case brought by a European Facebook user

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Facebook, Eutelsat block-book satellite capacity to deliver Internet to Africa

As part of its push to deliver free basic Internet services to developing countries, Facebook has teamed with Eutelsat to rent the entire capacity of the AMOS-6 broadband satellite to deliver connectivity to Africa.

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Adblock extension begins whitelisting 'acceptable ads'

The decision by Eyeo, owner of the Adblock Plus browser extensions and mobile browser apps, to hand control of its acceptable ads program to an independent board has prompted the developer of another adblocker to join the program -- and sell his company.

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Samsung denies its TVs cheat on power consumption tests

Samsung Electronics has denied allegations that it designed its TVs to consume less energy during tests than they do in real-world situations.

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Adblock Plus creators plan independent board to decide ad acceptability

The creators of Adblock Plus will let an independent advisory board decide what ads are acceptable.