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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In Nice attack, government's official terror alert comes too late

"Take cover," the French government warned people in Nice via its official terror alert app, hours after the immediate danger had passed.

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IBM beta-tests secure cloud blockchain service

IBM is cranking up the security on its cloud-based blockchain service.

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Privacy Shield transatlantic data sharing agreement enters effect

After months of uncertainty, businesses once again have a simple, legal way to export the personal information of European Union citizens to the U.S. for processing.

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SWIFT brings in external support as it fights wave of bank hacks

SWIFT is bringing in additional security support after a series of high-profile bank heists and attempted bank heists conducted via its financial transaction network.

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Armed robbers lured victims with Pokemon Go

With the launch of Pokemon Go last week, it's not just players but police that "gotta catch 'em all."

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Microsoft lets AI experiments loose in world of Minecraft

Microsoft has published the source code for its Project Malmo, allowing anyone to conduct artificial intelligence experiments in the world of Minecraft with a little programming.

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EU prepares to raise Privacy Shield over data transfers to U.S.

European Union officials are set to give final approval to a new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement early next week, after member states gave their approval to an updated text on Friday.

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Microsoft COO Kevin Turner leaves and won't be replaced

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner is leaving after 11 years in the role. His role will be divided among five senior executives.

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Free antivirus pays off: Avast buys AVG for $1.3 billion

Antivirus vendor Avast Software has agreed to buy rival AVG Technologies for US$1.3 billion in cash.

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Robots go the extra mile to deliver restaurant orders

The robots are coming, and they're bringing dinner.

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Google buys sneaker-scanning machine learning company Moodstocks

Someone at Google really likes sneakers: The company has just bought a French machine learning startup that taught a computer how to recognize 15,000 different types of them.

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Google teams with UK eye hospital on AI disease diagnosis

Google's DeepMind AI business unit is hoping to teach computers to diagnose eye disease, using patient data from a U.K. hospital.

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EU plans $2B investment in cybersecurity research

The European Union is stumping up €450 million ($500 million) to fund research into cybersecurity -- and wants industry to contribute three times that.

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Google sells stake in satellite Internet operator O3b Networks

Google has sold its stake in satellite Internet access provider O3b Networks to co-investor SES.

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Scrutiny of Google's tax liabilities intensifies with Spanish raid

Spain has joined the scrum of tax authorities examining Google's accounts to see if the company has paid all that it should.