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.

Privacy Not in Eric Schmidt's Vision of the Future

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt painted a messianic picture of our technological future on Monday, involving holographic telepresence, self-driving cars, automatic...

Fujitsu Opens Saasification Factory to Fill Cloud App Store

Fujitsu Technology Solutions has already convinced 50 independent software vendors (ISVs) to sell their business software through its online Business Solutions...

Apple and Samsung Each Lose a Patent Lawsuit in Mannheim

Apple and Samsung Electronics each saw patent lawsuits they had filed against one another dismissed by a German court on Friday.

Google's New Privacy Policy Breaches European Law, Say Data Regulators

Google's new privacy policy does not comply with European data protection law, and the company should delay its introduction pending an investigation of the...

Apple's E-Mail Services Push up to German Border, but No Further

Apple has been forced to turn off its iCloud and MobileMe push e-mail services for users in Germany to comply with an injunction in a patent lawsuit brought by Motorola Mobility.

LightSquared Defaults on $56M Payment to Spectrum Owner Inmarsat

LightSquared has defaulted on a US$56.25 million payment due under a 2007 wireless spectrum cooperation agreement with Inmarsat, the U.K. satellite...

EMC and VMware Team With Atos to Create European Cloud Company Canopy

EMC and VMware are teaming with French IT services company Atos to create a European cloud infrastructure provider, Canopy, the companies announced Wednesday.

Motorola Mobility Fails to Make Patent Case Against Apple in German Court

A German court has thrown out a Motorola Mobility patent lawsuit against Apple, breaking a recent run of courtroom successes for the company.

Dassault Systèmes Buys Personal Analytics Site Netvibes

3D design software company Dassault Systèmes has acquired Netvibes, a website that allows the creation of personalized dashboards combining social network...

CSC Reports a $1.39B Loss on Revenue Down 5.8 Percent

Computer Sciences Corp. reported a US$1.39 billion loss for its third fiscal quarter, with revenue down 5.8 percent year on year. Performance was dragged down by...

CSC Names Mike Lawrie CEO, Ending Four-month Search

CSC ended four months of speculation about the identity of its next CEO late Tuesday, announcing that Mike Lawrie, currently CEO of British IT service company...

Lenovo Ordered to Pay €1920 for Making French Laptop Buyer Pay for Windows Too

A French laptop buyer has won a refund from Lenovo after a four-year legal battle over the cost of a Windows license he didn't want. The judgment could open the...

ST Micro Sees 40W LED Flash in Future Smartphones

STMicroelectronics hopes to make blurry low-light images from smartphone cameras a thing of the past with a new chip designed to boost light output from...

EU Launches Antitrust Investigation of Samsung Patent Licensing

The European Commission is investigating the way Samsung Electronics licenses its patents on technology essential to mobile communications networks, concerned...

French Telecom Regulator Steps Into Dispute Over Free Mobile's Coverage

ARCEP, the French telecommunications regulator, has promised to investigate whether new network operator Free Mobile is still offering the level of coverage...