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.

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

Nokia Siemens Buys Motorola Wireless Network Unit for $1.2B

Motorola has found a buyer for its wireless network equipment unit: Nokia Siemens Networks will pay US$1.2 billion for most of that business, the companies...

Disagreements on Transparency Fail to Stop ACTA Treaty Leak

Disagreements between the European Union and the U.S. over whether to release the current negotiating text of a secretive international copyright treaty became...

Facebook Answers Claim by German Privacy Regulator

UPDATE: Facebook faces a fine from a German privacy regulator for failing to obtain the consent of the people whose contact details it stores.

Interpol Turns to Internet for Info on Most-wanted Suspects

If you're on Facebook or MySpace then you're wanted by Interpol -- to help in a hunt for the international police organization's most-wanted fugitives.

French Competition Regulator Slams Google Adwords

The French competition authority slammed Google for discrimination and lack of objectivity and transparency in applying its policy for acceptable ads on Adwords

European Roaming Charges Must Drop Further, EU Says

A European Commission study claims that more competition is needed to keep data roaming charges on mobile networks low .

Google's Chrome Passes Safari in US Browser Share

Google Chrome is now the third-most-popular browser in the U.S., behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox, but ahead of Apple's Safari.