Peter SayerIDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news.

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...

French Antitrust Regulator Rejects HP's Demand That Oracle Continue Itanium Support

France's antitrust regulator has declined Hewlett Packard's request for an injunction ordering Oracle to continue supporting its database on HP's Itanium server...

French Operator Free Slashes Mobile Pricing With 3G Network Launch

French ISP Free lived up to its name Tuesday with its launch of France's fourth mobile phone network.

Flaw in Web App Frameworks Pushes Microsoft to Patch ASP.net Promptly

Many web app frameworks are vulnerable to a denial-of-service attack targeting the way they handle hash tables, researchers revealed Wednesday, prompting...

Google Invests in More Renewable Energy Production Capacity

Google has paid US$94 million for a stake in four photovoltaic power generation projects around Sacramento, California, bringing its total investment in...

Facebook Unfriends Coal, Friends Greenpeace in Clean Energy Campaign

Greenpeace International has ended a long-running campaign calling on Facebook to "unfriend coal" as a source of energy for its data centers, after Facebook...