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.

Secret Copyright Treaty Draft Leaked After Washington Talks

The latest leaked draft of the secret ACTA copyright treaty sets out some fundamental principles -- and then offers to change them to match the negotiated text

3M Offers $943M for Biometric Security Vendor Cogent Systems

3M has agreed to buy biometric access control systems vendor Cogent for around US$943 million in cash

Dell Matches HP's $27 Offer, Is Accepted by 3PAR

UPDATE: After intense bidding, 3PAR accepts Dell's raised offer to acquire the storage technology firm.

HP Ups 3PAR Bid to $30 per Share, Tops Dell's Latest

HP is now offering $30 per share for storage vendor 3PAR.

Dell Matches HP's $27 Offer, Is Accepted by 3PAR

3PAR has accepted a raised offer from Dell of $27 per share, matching HP's earlier raised bid. 3PAR's board has updated its earlier merger agreement with Dell...

Court Must Reconsider EU Parallel-import Server Sales Ruling

U.K. server reseller M-Tech has been granted the right to appeal a court ruling preventing it from selling parallel imports of Sun Microsystems equipment.

Google Street View Cars Back Too Soon, Says French Watchdog

Google has resumed collection of Street View image data in France, annoying the French data protection registrar which is still investigating the service.

HP Offers $1.6 Billion for 3PAR, Tops Dell's Offer

Hewlett-Packard has offered to buy 3PAR, a vendor of virtualized storage systems, for US$1.6 billion in cash, topping a bid of $1.15 billion made by Dell.

Alcatel-Lucent's Revenue Drops, but Operating Loss Shrinks

Alcatel-Lucent's Q2 revenue fell 2.4 percent year on year, dragged down by slow sales in fixed-line network equipment and terrestrial optical networks

WAC and JIL Get Together to Push Mobile App Development

Two initiatives to make it easier for developers to sell mobile applications through multiple channels will merge from September.

SAP Reports Revenue up 12 Percent, Earnings up 15 Percent

SAP reported a 15 percent year-on-year rise in earnings for the second quarter, on revenue up 12 percent. It forecast that underlying revenue growth in its core...

SAP Reports Revenue up 12 Percent, Earnings up 15 Percent

SAP reported a 15 percent year-on-year rise in earnings for the second quarter, on revenue up 12 percent.

Microsoft Lands Big Licensing Deal for Arm Chips

Microsoft will design its own Arm-compatible chip cores under a new license for Arm microprocessor technology.

Nokia Reports Earnings Down 40 Percent on Flat Q2 Sales

Nokia's earnings are down 40 percent on flat Q2 sales, the Finnish mobile phone giant reported.

IBM Consolidates Top Management Jobs

IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano has concentrated power in the hands of fewer managers, including putting one person in charge of both software and hardware products