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.

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Atos offers $845M for Bull to boost its security and HPC service offering

French IT services company Atos wants Bull's security and HPC skills to help expand its cloud and managed services businesses

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Italian antitrust watchdog investigates TripAdvisor reviews, Expedia pricing deals

The Italian investigation of Expedia and its rival follows similar actions in the U.K., France and Germany

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US Justice Department to charge Chinese military officials with hacking

Five people said to work for the Chinese People's Liberation Army are expected to be charged with hacking later Monday

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Rush to defend against Heartbleed leads to mistakes with certificates, patches

Some reissued SSL certificates use the same vulnerable key as the ones they replace, and some sites moved to a vulnerable version of OpenSSL

Dropbox disables old shared document links to prevent unauthorized access

Stored files are vulnerable to cut-and paste clumsiness or to links embedded in shared documents

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Nokia invests $100 million to drive development of connected car tech

Nokia Growth Partners will manage a $100M Connected Car Fund, investing in automotive technology and location products and services

French consumer group: Google, Facebook privacy policies are too hard to read

In a civil action, UFC-Que Choisir is asking the three social networks to make their user agreements clearer and fairer

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Unify sets timetable for launch of its Project Ansible unified communications service

Unify plans to offer Project Ansible as a service with connectors to its on-premise OpenScape voice products, starting in October.

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Secusmart puts its BlackBerry encryption chip to work on the desktop

Secusmart is also behind a new voice encryption app that could help multinational, multiplatform enterprises

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Cosinuss in-ear sports monitor tracks your heart rate, no chest band required

Future models could also include sensors to monitor blood oxygen saturation and core body temperature



Should your Facebook profile influence your credit score? Startups say yes

Two companies using Facebook profiles to generate credit scores, their stands side by side at Cebit, are chasing different customers -- although they are competitors in the trade show's Code_n startup contest.

Intel testing smart grid solutions overseas

Intel has joined the EEBus Initiative, a smart grid standards group, and is testing smart monitoring units in German electrical substations.

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Researchers hope to secure development of mobile apps with faster code scans

Fraunhofer Institute researchers are demonstrating three tools for securing mobile apps from development through to deployment

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At Cebit opening ceremony, leaders evoke need to protect private data

All, that is, except U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who says violin music and a robot thespian are typical Sunday evening entertainment.

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Fujitsu's PC-phone hybrids cut power consumption for unified communications

Fujitsu also showed a laptop with its PalmSecure palm-vein authentication built in at the Cebit trade show