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.

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.

European Privacy Regulators Want More Detail on Google's Policy Changes

French officials acting on behalf of the EU want better answers from Google about its privacy policy.

Amazon Web Services Personalizes CloudFront Web Hosting Service

Amazon Web Services has extended its CloudFront web hosting service to include dynamic content that can be personalized for each visitor.

LightSquared Wins Two-year Reprieve for Spectrum Payments to Inmarsat

LightSquared has a further two years in which to seek regulatory approval for its LTE mobile network in the U.S. before it must begin making payments to its...

Linus Torvalds Shortlisted for 2012 Millennium Technology Prize

The Technology Academy Finland has shortlisted Linus Torvalds for its 2012 Millennium Technology Prize, worth over €1 million (US$1.3 million).

SAP Revenue Rises 11 Percent in First Quarter, but Margin Shrinks

SAP published preliminary figures for its first-quarter results on Friday, showing revenue up 11 percent year on year, but margins shrinking with operating...

Yahoo Says It Will Implement Do-not-track Worldwide Later This Year

Yahoo websites worldwide will comply with visitors' "do not track" preferences starting later this year, Yahoo announced Wednesday.

Bull Seeks to Move Legacy Cobol and C Apps to a Java Environment

Bull has unveiled a new transaction processing application platform, Libert TP, which it says will allow businesses to move legacy applications from Cobol or C...

HP Confirms Merger of PC, Printer Units but Analysts Question Savings

Hewlett-Packard Wednesday announced the merger of its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and its Personal Systems Group (PSG) in what it called an effort to drive...