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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European ISPs exaggerate their performance, US ISPs are more honest

U.S. ISPs deliver on their download speed promises -- unlike European ones, which on average deliver only 80 percent of the download speed they advertise.

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No VAT to pay on bitcoin exchange transactions, says top EU court

Bitcoin exchanges do not have to charge value-added tax on the commissions they levy when exchanging bitcoins for conventional currencies, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Thursday.

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Europe fines optical drive cartel $132 million for colluding against Dell and HP

Buyers of Dell and Hewlett-Packard PCs may have paid over the odds for their optical drives between 2004 and 2008 as a result of a cartel arrangement between eight component manufacturers

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Storage shake-up: Western Digital is buying Sandisk for $19 billion

Hard disk drive specialist Western Digital has agreed to buy flash memory vendor Sandisk for $19 billion.

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Judicial Redress Act heads for senate, making new Safe Harbor agreement more likely

In passing the Judicial Redress Act, U.S. legislators have extended to European citizens in the U.S. the same rights to judicial redress as U.S. citizens have in the case of data privacy violations by the police, removing one of the obstacles to the creation of a new Safe Harbor agreement on transatlantic transfers of personal information.


Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over spying allegations

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has agreed to investigate a complaint alleging that Facebook gave U.S. intelligence agencies bulk access to its users' personal data.

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Privacy watchdogs give EU, US three months to negotiate new Safe Harbor deal

European data protection authorities have given the European Commission and national governments three months to come up with an alternative to the Safe Harbor agreement swept away two weeks ago by a ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Google's book scanning project is fair use, appeals court rules

Google Books, the project to digitize the world's printed works, is fair use under US copyright law, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

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Germany will make telcos share customer data with the police

Germany once again requires telcos and ISPs to make user data available to law enforcement, after a previous law and the EU directive on which it was based were declared unconstitutional.

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Canon aims to make impact in 3D printer market

Forget waiting overnight for your 3D printer to finish: Canon has a job on the go that may take it a couple of years -- building its own 3D printer.

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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


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.