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 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.

US Court Approves Google's $900M Bid for Nortel Patents

Nortel Networks has obtained court approval to accept a US$900 million bid from Google for the entirety of its remaining patent portfolio, it said Monday.

CenturyLink to Buy Savvis for $2.5B

CenturyLink has agreed to buy hosting company Savvis for about US$2.5 billion in cash and shares, the companies announced Wednesday.

Nokia Hands Symbian OS Work and 3,000 Employees to Accenture

Nokia will outsource its Symbian software activities to Accenture, transferring 3,000 employees to the company in the process, as it moves its focus to making...

Google Fined €100K for Street View Collection of Wi-Fi Data

Google must pay a fine of €100,000 (US$142,000) for the unauthorized collection of information about the location of Wi-Fi hotspots in France by its Street View...