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.

French sovereign wealth fund invests in two local cloud-computing providers

The French government is so keen to encourage the development of cloud computing infrastructure in France that it is investing in two competing home-grown cloud...

French antipiracy authority 'happy' it has sent just 14 cases to court in past year

Just 14 of the 1.15 million emails warning of copyright infringement sent out by the French online antipiracy authority have resulted in a case file being sent...


Video Site Dailymotion Plans Homepage Refresh to Boost Video Views

Video site Dailymotion hopes to show its visitors more videos with a redesign of its homepage that appears to draw inspiration from the checkered interface of...


Android and IOS Dominate Mobile Market, Says IDC

Android was on over two-thirds of smartphones shipped in the second quarter, with Apple's iOS on around a sixth of them -- more than all the remaining smartphone...

Vodafone's Q2 Revenue Drops 7 Percent

Vodafone Group reported a 7 percent year-on-year drop in revenue for the second quarter. The mobile phone giant saw year-on-year declines in almost every sector...

Nokia's Q2 Smartphone Sales Fell 39 Percent, as Loss Widens

Nokia reported a 39 percent year-on-year drop in the number of smartphones it sold in the second quarter, to 10.2 million, while its net loss more than trebled.


European Commission Investigates Microsoft's Browser Choice Commitments

The European Commission has launched a formal investigation of Microsoft's compliance with commitments it made to settle a browser antitrust case.

French Company Fined €10,000 for Failing to Share GPS Tracking Data With Employee

A French company must pay a €10,000 (US$12,281) fine for failing to provide an employee with GPS data tracking the movements of his company vehicle, the French...

Facebook Buys a Stake in $450M Asian Undersea Cable Consortium

Facebook has taken a stake in a US$450 million project to link South Asian countries with an undersea cable, a company spokeswoman said Friday. The project is...

French Tax Inspectors Search Microsoft Offices in Dawn Raid

French tax authorities have visited the headquarters of Microsoft France to conduct an inspection, a spokesman for the company confirmed Wednesday.

New EBay Data Center Will Run on Fuel Cells

Biogas fuel cells will power an extension to eBay's data center in Utah, set to go online around the middle of next year.

US Companies Show Most Interest in New Top-level Domain Names

Seven companies want news, eight want music or a movie, and seven want love. Four want pizza, but none of them make it. Only two want sex, and one even wants a...

Google Strikes Deal to End Litigation With French Authors and Publishers

Google has struck a deal with two French organizations representing authors and book publishers, ending years of litigation.

Mojix Sees Virtualization as Way to Cut RFID Cost for Inventory Management

RFID reader manufacturer Mojix is turning to virtualization to boost the performance of its long-range passive RFID system, used in manufacturing and retail...

WikiLeaks Founder Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

The U.K. Supreme Court ruled that Julian Assange may be extradited to Sweden for questioning about allegations of sexual offenses.