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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British navy sends robots to sea in military exercise

The Royal Navy is testing just how much robot craft can do by themselves in military exercises off the British coast.

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Lawmakers want UK to set example on transparency in AI decision making

British lawmakers want more transparency and less bias in decision-making -- not their own, of course, but in decisions made by AI systems.

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France adds source code to list of documents covered by freedom of information laws

French freedom of information law now treats source code as disclosable in the same way as other government records.

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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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Something new is coming to the PC industry: Growth

PC sales volumes have hit bottom, so from next year, the only way is up, say Gartner analysts.

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EU privacy watchdogs have questions about Yahoo's secret email scanning

European Union privacy watchdogs are concerned by reports that Yahoo has been secretly scanning its users' email at the request of U.S. intelligence services.

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Fujitsu considers selling its PC business to Lenovo

The companies are in talks, but nothing is decided yet, says Fujitsu.

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Samsung to buy Viv Labs to challenge Google Assistant

Samsung Electronics has agreed to buy Viv Labs, an artificial intelligence startup created the team behind Siri.

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Salesforce will buy Krux to expand behavioral tracking capabilities

Salesforce.com has agreed to buy user data management platform Krux, potentially allowing businesses to process even more data in their CRM systems.

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Microsoft follows AWS into France with plan for new Azure data center

Microsoft is adding to its European cloud infrastructure, with plans to open new data centers in France next year, CEO Satya Nadella said Monday.

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EU gets ready to fine Google in Android antitrust suit

The European Commission is preparing to fine Google for paying smartphone makers to exclusively use its search engine on their mobile devices, according to Reuters.

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Electric cars light up the Paris Motor Show

The Paris Motor Show hummed with electric cars. From teeny hatchbacks to Formula-E hot rods, it seemed like suddenly everyone had an EV. Here's what we saw.

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Plat.One acquisition marks start of $2B IoT investment plan for SAP

SAP has bought IoT startup Plat.One, marking the start of a plan to invest US$2 billion in the internet of things over the next five years.

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Swift CEO reveals three more failed attacks on banking network

Banks stopped three new attempts to abuse the Swift financial transfer network this summer, its CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt said Monday, as he announced Swift's plan to impose tighter security controls on its customers.

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Halt WhatsApp data transfers, German privacy watchdog tells Facebook

Facebook must stop collecting information about WhatsApp users in Germany, a local privacy watchdog has ordered.