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.

Germany Identifies a Secure Way to Deal With Spam

In theory, stopping spam is easy: just make it uneconomic to send millions of messages by charging for each one sent, or make senders authenticate their identity...

Capgemini Consulting Readies 'a New Kind of Consulting'

Capgemini Consulting, a specialist in strategy and transformation, is about to transform its own strategy for the second time in two years. To cope with the...

Security: Never Mind the Products, Educate the Users

If they could change one thing to improve IT security, the assembled experts on a panel at Cebit would better educate their users.

Buffalo Terastations Push Limits of Atom Platform

Buffalo Technology is bumping up against the limits of Intel's Atom platform with its forthcoming six- and eight-bay Terastation NAS (network attached storage)...

Archos Launches Color E-reader, Android Tablet for €129

French media player manufacturer Archos picked Cebit to launch a color e-reader with a 7-inch touch-sensitive screen, and also announced the first tablet devices...

Wireless Tech Saves Energy - and Makes Better Mousetrap

Tucked in a dark corner of the Cebit trade show, in Hall 2, lies a mousetrap. Not just any old mousetrap, but a wireless-enabled one.

Look, No Hands! G.tec Uses Brain Interface to Tweet

Austrian company Guger Technologies (g.tec) has developed a brain-computer interface that can be used to "type" short text messages simply by staring at letters.

Cebit Kicks off With Talk of Openness

Open democracy, open borders and open standards were the themes to which speakers returned again and again at the opening ceremony for the Cebit trade show in...

Software AG Will Make WebMethods Cloud-ready in Q3

Software AG added a complex-event processing tool to its software portfolio on Monday, and said it will release cloud-enabled versions of webMethods and its Aris...

Enterprise Trade Show Welcomes Back Consumer Tech

Not only are consumer IT products finding their way into the enterprise, they're also finding their way back into Cebit, one of the world's biggest professional...

ITU Wants Government Help to Avoid Mobile Bottleneck

Whitespace devices, LTE, femtocells, automatic Wi-Fi handover, optimized backhaul networks: wireless operators are already deploying a wide range of techniques...

Nokia's Pact With Microsoft Puts Symbian Developers in Play

Developers who had previously built a business around coding apps for Symbian smartphones were put on notice Friday that they should pick another platform, as...

France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom Eye Tech Partnerships

France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom plan to collaborate on the technology they use to build and operate their telecommunications services, they announced Friday...

Inside Secure Offers Alternative Android NFC Software Stack

Inside Secure hopes to make it easier for Android phone designers to use its NFC chips -- or those of its competitors -- with the release of a version of its...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Take Medical Leave of Absence

UPDATE: The Apple co-founder alerts employees by e-mail that the board has OK'd a second medical leave but says he hopes to return soon.