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.

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.

German Regulators Welcome Street Panorama Privacy Law Draft

German privacy regulators have welcomed a proposal to extend laws protecting Germans' right to privacy to cover use of their own image and that of their homes in...

Chinese Language Top-level Domains Win ICANN Approval

Web site operators will be able to register domain names written entirely in Chinese characters, including the final characters to the right of the last dot, in...

ICANN Board Approves Dot-XXX Top-level Domain for Porn

Pornography will have its own top-level domain, dot-XXX, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided Friday.

Business School Swaps Google Apps for Microsoft Live@edu

A French business school plans to trade Google Apps, used by around half its staff and students, for Microsoft's rival Live@edu service.

Google Wi-Fi Data Grab Snared Passwords, E-mail

Google claims it picked up only 'fragments' of personal data.