Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

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

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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

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Bidding war could lead to consolidation in French mobile telecommunications

SFR is the subject of a merger proposal from rival operator Bouygues Telecom and a competing bid from ISP and cable TV operator Numéricable

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to retire in September, handing over to Luca Maestri

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Oppenheimer listed obtaining a pilot's license among the reasons he is handing duties over to Luca Maestri, Apple's corporate controller

STMicro's invisible lasers could bring touchless gesture control to smartphones

Touchless swipes, taps and double-taps can all be identified by STMicro's 'time-of-flight' proximity detector

Mirrorlink 1.1 protocol brings third-party apps to in-car screens

Connected Car Consortium brings drivers more information while at the wheel - but works to limit distractions, too.

Do tablet strokes need a language? Wacom says yes

Wacom's WILL will make it easier to capture handwriting or sketches, share them and recreate them on other platforms, Wacom said.

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Nov'IT pitches rooted Android phones as a pro-privacy weapon

Uhuru Mobile is a new ROM derived from Cyanogen that aims to make Android phones more secure.