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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Tablet sales are still shrinking—except for tablets that mimic PCs

Tablets may have ushered in the post-PC age, but the only ones posting a growth in sales are the ones that are most like PCs.

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No agreement as deadline to replace Safe Harbor nears

No replacement has yet been found for the transatlantic data-transfer agreement overturned last year by the European Union's top court, just days away from the deadline EU data protection authorities gave negotiators to come up with a new deal.

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With GPUOpen, AMD hopes to attract gamers to its Radeon GPUs

AMD has revealed the details of its GPUOpen project, through which it hopes to carve a bigger niche for itself in the crowded market for graphics processors in x86 machines.

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Let consumers look at the code running their devices, says Federal Trade Commissioner

Consumers should have the right to inspect the source code for connected devices they own, to ensure it doesn't contain bugs or backdoors, one U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner believes.

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Google will be asked to explain 'cosy' UK tax deal to lawmakers

U.K. legislators want to interview Google about a deal on back taxes agreed with tax authorities following an investigation of its results back as far as 2005.

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Apple pushes into virtual reality by hiring top VR expert

Apple has lured a top virtual reality researcher away from Virginia Tech.

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Google blocked more bad ads than ever in 2015, but they still keep coming

When Google tells us it blocked 780 million bad ads last year, is that a sign that things are getting better?

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Big data is an antitrust issue too, says European Commissioner

Europe's top antitrust authority is on the lookout for companies using big data to stifle competition, although it hasn't spotted any problems yet, according to Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

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IBM to tackle fraud with Iris Analytics

No, this isn't about using Watson AI systems to identify fraudsters by gazing deep into their eyes: IBM has acquired a German machine learning software firm called Iris Analytics to bolster its antifraud software.

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US patent grants slow in wake of Supreme Court business methods ruling

There are some big changes in the patent landscape hiding behind a small drop in the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year.

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Europol tracks DD4BC cyber-extortion gang to Bosnia

The DD4BC gang has demanded bitcoin in return for not divulging information or disrupting online services.

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FBI, NSA seek tech firms' help in war on terror at Silicon Valley meeting

It's no secret that the U.S. government wants the tech industry's help in waging its war on terror. What has been a secret, up till now, is the exact agenda of a meeting between technology executives and government officials, to be held in Silicon Valley on Friday.

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Salesforce.com buys developer of quoting and billing apps for SMEs

If you can't beat them, buy them: Salesforce.com is snapping up SteelBrick, a startup that builds quoting and billing functions for SMEs on the Salesforce cloud platform.

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Apple will pay Ericsson patent royalties on iPhones and iPads

Apple has agreed to pay Ericsson royalties on the wireless devices it sells in settlement of a long-standing patent dispute.