Peter SayerIDG News Service Paris bureau chief, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

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Facebook's privacy problems in Belgium highlight weaknesses in EU legislation

Belgium's privacy regulator is taking to the courts to make itself heard

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Amazon now an open book on search warrants and subpoenas

Amazon has published its first transparency report, years after some of its rivals

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German climate researchers prepare for rising seas of data

One upgrade is leading to another for IT staff at DKRZ, as a faster supercomputer threatens to flood an existing storage system with data

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French lawmakers take first step toward gathering all communications metadata

The French National Assembly agreed to let spies gather data about phone calls and Internet use

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French Senate wants Google to promote its search competitors

Senators are concerned at the powerthat search engine algorithms have to influence the French economy

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The Apple Watch stampede starts online, selling out despite thin crowds at stores

The highly anticipated smartwatch went on presale this morning and is already sold out until June.

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IBM joins race to upgrade webmail interface with Verse

IBM aims to eliminate clutter and understand the user's needs with its Verse web interface for email

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French self-driving car goes for a spin around Paris monument

Valeo and Safran expect self-driving cars on the roads by 2020, but on the way they must navigate stop lights, pedestrians ... and cannons.

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Huawei multiplies partnerships with software and service providers

Huawei Technologies is busy partnering with companies in Europe and elsewhere to grow its enterprise hardware business

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Ideovitra seeks to slay PC power vampires with SensyBee smart switch

Sitting between a PC and a wall outlet, SensyBee can turn a PC off completely, potentially saving up to 50 watts.

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Pixometer app offers a smarter way to read dumb meters

There's no real-time energy tracking with this app, but it's handy for reading awkwardly placed meters and for budgeting for future bills

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IBM puts a price on its Twitter analytics service

IBM is ready to sell the first sentiment analytics service that draws on a partnership it formed with Twitter last October

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Unify adds connectors, features, Android app to its unified comms service Circuit

Since its demo at last year's Cebit, Circuit has become a real service, changed its name and picked up some paying customers

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Face of Chinese IT industry doesn't please everyone at German trade show

Alibaba's Jack Ma booked his first booth at Cebit 14 years ago. From that humble beginning, China's marketplace is now the star of the show

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German industry is poised to exploit rural broadband

Digital farming is the next big opportunity for Germany's software and manufacturing industries