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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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.

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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.

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Fluffy carbon electrodes bring lithium-air batteries closer to reality

Lithium-air batteries will have a higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries, if a way can be found to make them. Researchers say that's still 10 years off, however.

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UK police arrest second teenager over TalkTalk hacking

An investigation into the leaking of the personal information of 4 million customers of UK telecommunications operator TalkTalk has prompted the arrest of a second teenager.

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Harder than herding cats: Networks seek international agreement on new mobile spectrum

Of the three ways carriers might boost the capacity of the mobile networks we increasingly rely on, the one they will try in Geneva next month is probably the hardest.

Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar

Split between EU privacy watchdogs on Safe Harbor worries business lobby

A decision by German data protection authorities to break ranks with their counterparts in other European Union countries on alternatives to Safe Harbor has business lobbyists worried.

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Europe votes for net neutrality, but against loophole-closing amendments

By rejecting amendments to a bill on net neutrality, the European Parliament has all but ensured that in the European Union the net will be neutral in name only, critics say.

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EU will fund car, hospital and airport IT security research

The EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is now studying the security vulnerabilities of smart cars, smart airports and smart hospitals.

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EU Competition Commissioner spells out priorities: Google as Alphabet is still under investigation

Spinning off some of its activities into separate companies under the Alphabet umbrella isn't going to make Google's problems with Europe's top antitrust authority go away: European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager still has the company in her sights.

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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