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.

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.

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.