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.

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...

NavX Sues Google Again, Increasing Its Claim for Damages Over Adwords Rules

French navigation data provider NavX filed another lawsuit against Google last Thursday, renewing its accusations that the company abused its dominant position...

EU Seeks to Simplify Cross-border Data Protection Compliance

To make it simpler for businesses to comply with the multiplicity of data protection regimes across Europe, Viviane Reding envisages letting European Union...

HP, Dell Shine in Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

Some consumer electronics manufacturers have cleaned up their act, Greenpeace says.

Facebook Will Cool Its First European Data Center for Free in Sweden

Facebook has begun building a data center in Lulea, Sweden, where it will benefit from cheap electricity and year-round free air cooling, the company announced...

SAP Cuts Provision for TomorrowNow Litigation, Boosting Q3 Profit

SAP said its third quarter revenue rose 14 percent year on year, and operating profit more than doubled according to International Financial Reporting Standards...