Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

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...

Nokia Makes Loss as Smartphone Sales Drop by a Third

Nokia made a net loss in the second quarter following a dramatic decline in smartphone sales, it reported Thursday.

French Three Strikes Law: 470,878 Warnings, No Lawsuits Yet

France's High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Hadopi) has prosecuted no one for illegal file sharing in the...

EU Court Says EBay Must Comply With Trademark Rules

European Union trademark law does apply to sales on eBay, and the online marketplace operator must help identify sellers who do not comply, a European court...

Visa Blocks WikiLeaks Donations via DataCell Once Again

UPDATE: For a few hours on Thursday, credit card donations once again flowed to WikiLeaks through a payment gateway at Icelandic hosting company DataCell.

Wi-Fi Service Provider IPass Launches Roaming Exchange

Wi-Fi service provider iPass has launched an exchange to help mobile network operators offer Wi-Fi roaming as part of their service.

Swiss Party Makes Dislike of PowerPoint a Political Issue

Many people dislike PowerPoint, Microsoft's ubiquitous application for creating business presentations, but few would take a political stand over it. However...

Intel Hopes POEM Will Encourage Office Staff to Save Energy

Intel is developing a Windows application, Personal Office Energy Monitor (POEM), that will allow workers to monitor in real time the energy consumed by their...

Google Faces Claim for €295M Damages in French Court

A French publishing company has filed suit against Google, alleging anti-competitive practices and claiming €295 million (US$420 million) in damages.

SITA Partners With Orange to Offer Worldwide Cloud Service

Air transport industry IT specialist SITA will partner with network operator Orange Business Services to host cloud applications in six data centers around the...

Google Buys Consumer Electronics Comparison Engine Sparkbuy

Google has acquired Sparkbuy, a year-old Seattle startup that developed a comparison shopping service for consumer electronics products.

Microsoft Agrees to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft has agreed to buy Skype for $8.5 billion, the companies announced Tuesday.