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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A blockchain 'smart contract' could cost investors millions

Investors in a "smart contract" built on the Ethereum blockchain platform may have lost cryptocurrency worth millions of dollars because they missed a loophole in the contract's fine print.

'Made in China' dominates Top500 supercomputer list

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer has just been overtaken as the world's fastest by another Chinese computer, the Sunway TaihuLight, capable of 93 million billion floating-point operations per second.

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Belgian hospitals turn to robots to receive patients

Robots have already invaded the operating room in some hospitals, but in Belgium they will soon be taking on the potentially more difficult task -- for robots, at least -- of greeting patients and giving them directions.

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The Janus 360 drone shoots hi-def, all-around immersive video

The Janus 360 from Drone Volt can carry ten GoPro Hero4 4K cameras to shoot hi-def video up, down and all around

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'Spam king' Sanford Wallace sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for Facebook phishing scam

Self-styled spam king Sanford Wallace was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on Tuesday for a phishing scam that resulted in the sending of over 27 million messages to Facebook users.

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Ericsson will lay off 3,000 this summer, says Swedish newspaper

Ericsson is preparing to lay off between 3,000 and 4,000 staff this summer, according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

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Nokia hopes its new IoT platform, Impact, will be a hit

Nokia hopes it will have a hit on its hands with Impact, an all-encompassing new Internet-of-Things management platform that brings together several existing products.

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US government seeks to intervene in Irish data protection case

The U.S. government wants to intervene in an Irish court case that has already disrupted the transatlantic flow of European Union citizens' personal information on which many businesses rely.

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Hackers could have changed Facebook Messenger chat logs

Here's a Facebook hack straight from the pages of the novel 1984: A way to rewrite the record of the past.

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Get it together with software, or get out, Gartner tells smartphone manufacturers

Smartphone manufacturers are facing an increasingly stark choice: Build an ecosystem of services around their devices, or get out of the game altogether.

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Twitter briefly considered bidding for Yahoo

Twitter briefly entertained the idea of a merger with Yahoo, and senior Twitter staff met Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to discuss a possible deal.

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EU and US officials sign 'umbrella' data protection agreement, but it's no Privacy Shield

The European Commission has signed a landmark agreement with the U.S. in its quest to legitimize the transatlantic flow of European Union citizens' personal information.

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Salesforce to add digital commerce capabilities with $2.8B Demandware acquisition

Salesforce.com is moving beyond CRM and into e-commerce with the acquisition of cloud service provider Demandware.

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Privacy Shield needs improvement, says EU privacy watchdog

Privacy Shield has a new detractor, and that spells bad news for businesses built on the transatlantic transfer of personal data.

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter crack down on online hate speech in EU

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have agreed to hide illegal online hate speech from European Union users of their platforms within 24 hours of being officially notified.