Peter SayerParis 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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Verizon will use its mobile supercookie to target customers with AOL ads

In an update to its privacy policy, Verizon has warned its customers that it will use its mobile supercookie to target ads from the AOL network displayed on sites around the Web.

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Adblock extension begins whitelisting 'acceptable ads'

The decision by Eyeo, owner of the Adblock Plus browser extensions and mobile browser apps, to hand control of its acceptable ads program to an independent board has prompted the developer of another adblocker to join the program -- and sell his company.

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Adblock Plus creators plan independent board to decide ad acceptability

The creators of Adblock Plus will let an independent advisory board decide what ads are acceptable.

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The Apple Watch stampede starts online, selling out despite thin crowds at stores

The highly anticipated smartwatch went on presale this morning and is already sold out until June.

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Ericsson seeks US sales ban of Apple iPhone, iPad in patent lawsuit barrage

In a barrage of nine lawsuits filed Thursday, Ericsson alleges that Apple's iPhone and iPad infringe a total of 41 of its patents

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Apple plans two European data centers running on renewable energy

With data storage in the European Union, the company won't need to export data to the U.S.


KappoBike wants to make ride tracking fun and turn data into better cycle lanes too

KappoBike sets itself apart from other ride trackers with in-game power-ups to boost scores -- and uses aggregate data to help city planners.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to retire in September, handing over to Luca Maestri

Oppenheimer listed obtaining a pilot's license among the reasons he is handing duties over to Luca Maestri, Apple's corporate controller

Study: Mobile phone apps view private data more than necessary

Mobile phone apps are accessing users' private data and transmitting it to remote servers far more than appears strictly necessary, while users have inadequate tools to monitor or control such access, according to a new study by two French government agencies.

Apple gives Tim Cook 51 percent salary increase

Apple CEO Tim Cook received compensation totaling $4.17 million in 2012, down 98.9 percent on last year -- although his 2011 compensation of $378 million consisted mostly of a one-off stock grant, worth $376.2 million at the time.

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Another Apple patent in Samsung dispute questioned by U.S. patent officials

Another of the patents Apple relied on in a $1 billion infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics has been called into question by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. The move, if not successfully opposed by Apple, may help Samsung in its appeal against the judgment.

Noisy protests greet buyer of first iPhone 5 in Paris

The first buyers of Apple's iPhone 5 in Paris were treated to protests from ex-employees of an Apple reseller that claim Apple's retail arm has forced them out of business.

Samsung plans to drag iPhone 5 into Apple patent suit

Samsung Electronics intends to drag the iPhone 5 into an ongoing patent lawsuit with Apple, according to documents filed with a U.S. court. For its part, Apple expects to extend its suit to include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean.

Android and iOS dominate mobile market, says IDC

Android was on over two-thirds of smartphones shipped in the second quarter, with Apple's iOS on around a sixth of them—more than all the remaining smartphone OSes combined.

Google strikes deal to end litigation with French authors and publishers

Google has struck a deal with two French organizations representing authors and book publishers, ending years of litigation over its unauthorized scanning of their books.