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

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...

German Officials Admit to Deploying Intercept Software

Officials in a number of German state governments have owned up to using the Quellen-TKÜ Trojan Horse software in criminal investigations to intercept encrypted...

Microsoft Says No More Zunes, It's All About the Phone Now

Microsoft will make no more Zune music players, building its future music strategy on applications incorporated in its Windows Phone and Xbox platforms, the...

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Nokia's Interim CTO Gets Permanent Status

Nokia's acting Chief Technology Officer Henry Tirri is to stay on in the role, after his predecessor Rich Green left the company on Thursday following three...

Spanish Competition Regulator Investigates Microsoft

Spain's National Competition Commission is investigating whether Microsoft has unjustifiably prevented or limited resale of software licenses, in breach of...

Google Lets Wi-Fi Hotspot Owners Opt out of Location Service

Bowing to pressure from European privacy regulators, Google will soon allow owners of Wi-Fi access points to opt out of a Google service that allows smartphone...

Broadcom to Pay $3.7B for Comms Processor Maker NetLogic

Broadcom has agreed to acquire communications processor company NetLogic Microsystems for $3.7 billion, the companies announced Monday.

French Publishers Drop Lawsuits Against Google Book Scanning

Three French publishers have dropped lawsuits against Google alleging that the company infringed their copyright.

Samsung Yanks Galaxy Tab 7.7 from Exhibit After Court Order

Now you see it, now you don't: Samsung erased all traces of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from its exhibition stand at the IFA show in Berlin this week, because of its legal fight with Apple.

Panasonic Touts 3D Olympics Film Deal and HD 3D Camcorder

A handshake, but no shaky hand: Panasonic executives shook hands on a deal to broadcast the 2012 Olympics live in 3D, and unveiled the company's HDC-Z10000 3D...

German Court Upholds Injunction on Samsung Tablet Imports

A German court has upheld a preliminary injunction requested by Apple, preventing Samsung Electronics from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC in Germany.