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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French software developer sues Apple, seeking improvements in iOS browser

Software developer Nexedi is so keen to see Apple improve the rendering engine in its iPhone browser that it's filed suit against the company in a French court.

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Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes

Apple's tax benefits in Ireland are illegal, the European Commission has ruled, and the company will have to pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes, plus interest.

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Facebook taps Whatsapp user data to target ads

Two years after its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to share more information about its mobile app users with its owner.

Tinder swipes too much personal information, says E.U. lawmaker

Some mobile apps' terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Marc Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament.

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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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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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Facebook takes a guess at what's in pictures to help visually impaired

With images an ever-growing proportion of what we share on social networks, Facebook fears that users with visual impairments may be missing out.

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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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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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Microsoft confirms SwiftKey buy, says it will continue developing Android, iOS apps

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones -- even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

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Fitness trackers are leaking lots of your data, study finds

Some of the more popular wearables from Fitbit, Jawbone, and Garmin don't just let you track your fitness, they let other people track you too.

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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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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.


Now you can adopt emoji to help save the world's smaller languages

There are emoji everywhere these days -- but creating them doesn't come cheap, and now, says the Unicode Consortium, it's time to pay up.

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Apple's new Smart Battery Case extends your iPhone's life up to 25 hours

Apple has begun selling a smart battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s, featuring a clunky bulge that boosts battery life by 80 percent and phone thickness by 100 percent