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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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.

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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

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Big changes continue at Twitter: Company to lay off 8 percent of engineers

Twitter will work better with a "nimbler" engineering team, Dorsey tells staff.

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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.