Mark Hurd, co-chief executive officer of Oracle Corp, speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Technology company announces new products and strategies at annual user event in US

Billionaire Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle, gestures as he speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California yesterday. Oracle said its cloud service will match rival’s pricing as it competes to help companies operate databases and software over the internet rather than at their own data centres. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Move will address German concerns about potential surveillance of its business and citizen data

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Never have the issues of data protection and personal privacy had such high profile

Helen Dixon takes on new role at a pivotal time for data protection and personal privacy

Samsung’s  Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. Photograph: EPA/Joerg Carstensen

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Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

Ken Perlin, who gave us special effects we take for granted today, looks at what will be ‘normal’ next

 Apple CEO Tim Cook  talks with  Bono  and members  of U2 during Apple’s launch event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Monica Davey/EPA

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