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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Mizuho Bank speeds international securities transactions using blockchain

Japan's Mizuho Bank is considering using blockchain technology to speed the cross-border transfer of financial instruments.

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French legislators want to compel companies to decrypt data, because terrorism

Legislators in France are trying to make the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation jealous of their French counterparts.

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Gogo buys more satellite capacity after lawsuit over slow in-flight Wi-Fi

In-flight Internet provider Gogo plans to boost access speeds after a legal spat with customer American Airlines over slow service.

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Cisco makes a rare hardware play with Leaba Semiconductor acquisition

Cisco Systems is buying in some chip expertise that could help it in the datacenter.

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Facebook faces privacy policy antitrust investigation in Germany

Facebook may be abusing a dominant position in the market for social networks to impose unfair privacy policies on its users, Germany's antitrust authority suspects.

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NTT Com adds OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and bare metal option to global cloud service

NTT Communications is adopting OpenStack in its public cloud, and introducing a bare-metal option to its hosted private cloud offering. It is also expanding connectivity and management tools for hybrid cloud environments.

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5 things you need to know about the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement

The Privacy Shield agreement is intended to guarantee the personal information of European Union citizens the same privacy protection when processed in the U.S. as it would receive at home. Here are five things to know about the agreement.

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EU adds detail to Privacy Shield agreement, prepares to give it force of law

The European Commission has detailed the steps businesses must take to comply with the Privacy Shield data protection agreement, reached in principle with U.S. authorities earlier this month.

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Oral B's high-tech toothbrush has Bluetooth, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and cloud storage

Oral B's next toothbrushing system will have accelerometers, gyroscopes, a Bluetooth link to a smartphone app, and cloud storage. Have they left anything out?

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Oppo shows off faster-than-fast charging for its future smartphones

The most frustrating thing about Oppo's SuperVOOC fast-charging demonstration at Mobile World Congress is waiting for the battery to discharge so that they can run it again.

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Two different routes to crowdsourcing indoor location data at Mobile World Congress

Determining indoor location based on Wi-Fi signal strength is easy enough if you know precisely where the access points are located, but gathering that information across a wide area is time-consuming. What, though, if you could offer an indoor location service while crowdsourcing the information needed to provide it?

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Apple vs. FBI case colors European debate about securing digital identity

Although Apple does not exhibit at Mobile World Congress, the iPhone maker influences exhibiting app developers and accessory vendors and, now, debate at the show about securing digital identity.

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The CAT S60 is a smartphone that sees in the dark and swims with the fishes

It can see through smoke, it can dive underwater, and it can run Android Marshmallow: The CAT S60 is a 4G LTE smartphone with a 3,800 mAh battery that owners of thinner and lighter phones might kill for.

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Appleā€™s GPU designer aims to bring high-power graphics to low-cost phones

The designer of the graphics chips for the iPhone 6s and HTC One M9+ is setting its sights lower for its next generation of products, a move that spells good news for mobile gamers with a smaller budget.

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With Samsung Connect Auto, your car could run Tizen

Samsung Electronics wants to turn even old clunkers into smart cars by plugging dongles running the Tizen OS into their diagnostics ports.