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.

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.

Apple and Samsung Overtake Nokia in Smartphone Sales in Q2

Apple and Samsung both sold more smartphones than Nokia in the second quarter, although Nokia still sold most phones overall, market researcher Strategy...

France Télécom Customer Numbers Up, First Half Revenue Down

France Télécom's revenue and net income for the first half both fell compared to a year earlier, even as subscriber numbers climbed 7 percent, it reported...

Alcatel-Lucent Returns to Profit on Small Rise in Revenue

Alcatel-Lucent reported a smaller increase in revenue than analysts had expected, but returned to profit in the second quarter.

Google Opens SMS-to-chat Gateway to More African Countries

Google already allows Gmail users to exchange chat messages with mobile phone users via SMS in 23 countries worldwide, but now French mobile phone operator...

RIM COO Retires as Company Lays off One-tenth of Staff

Research in Motion will lay off 2,000 staff, or a little more than 10 percent of its workforce, and make changes to its senior management team, it announced...