Peter SayerIDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news.

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

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

Toshiba Parties with Android 'Smartbook,' Dual-Screen Netbook

AC100 "smartbook" runs Android 2.1 and strays off the beaten path with two 7-inch touchscreens in a clamshell case.

Google Street View Wi-Fi Data Included Passwords and E-mail

Wi-Fi traffic intercepted by Google's Street View cars included passwords and e-mail, according to the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty...

ViFiB Wants You to Host Cloud Computing at Home

A French hosting company is looking to place its servers in homes and offices with broadband connections to reduce data center costs.

EU Commissioner Warns IT Buyers Against Vendor Lock-in

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes warned governments and businesses to avoid vendors that try to lock them in with proprietary technology.

European Court Upholds Roaming Charge Restrictions

The European Court of Justice has ruled that an E.U. regulation capping roaming charges is valid, and does apply in the U.K.

EU Legislators Advise Review of PVC, BFR Use in Electronics

The safety of PVC, BRFs and other chemicals used by the electronics industry should be reviewed, the European Parliament's Environment Committee says.

HP to Cut 9,000 Jobs, Automate Enterprise Service Business

Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to cut 9,000 jobs as it restructures its enterprise services business and automates the services it offers enterprise...

HP to Cut 9,000 Jobs, Automate Enterprise Service Business

Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to cut 9,000 jobs as it restructures its enterprise services business and automates the services.

Bull Bills Tera 100 as Europe's First Petaflop Computer

Bull has just turned on a new supercomputer for the French Atomic Energy Authority that it hopes will reach a peak performance of 1.25 petaflops later this year

Google Street View Faces Investigation in France and Italy

Data protection authorities in France and Italy will investigate Google's Street View service, following the company's admission that it recorded Wi-Fi traffic

Appeals Body Ducks Question of Software Patentability

The European Patent Office's Enlarged Body of Appeal has ducked four questions referred to it, leaving rules on software patentability unchanged.

UN to Buy 500,000 OLPC Laptops for Palestinian Children

One Laptop Per Child delivered 2,100 laptops to a United Nations project that aims to give half a million Palestinian children access to the computersby 2012

ICANN Approves First Four Internationalized Country Domains

ICANN has approved the first four IDN ccTLDs, country-code domain names written in non-Latin script.

CenturyTel to Buy Qwest for $10.6B

Telecommunications carrier CenturyTel has agreed to buy Qwest Communications International for around US$10.6 billion.