Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

CenturyTel to Buy Qwest for $10.6B

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

SAP Plans to Acquire Compliance Software Vendor TechniData

SAP plans to acquire Technidata, the company that develops and maintains its environmental, health and safety compliance software module.

Gov't Regulators Call on Google to Respect Users' Privacy

Ten national privacy regulators have slammed Google for its lack of respect for online privacy

Spam Volumes Grew 6 Percent Last Year, Says Google

Security researchers have won a few battles against spam, but spam is still winning the war, with volumes up 6 percent year on year, according to Google

European Union, France to Consult on Net Neutrality

The European Commission will launch a public consultation on the issue of network neutrality this quarter.

MITS Founder and Altair Inventor Ed Roberts Dies Aged 68

Henry Edward Roberts, designer of the Altair 8800 personal computer that inspired Bill Gates and Paul Allen to enter the software business, has died aged 68.

Exalead Creates Automatic Searchable Speech Transcripts

Exalead delivers searchable transcripts of videos of Nicolas Sarkozy's speeches on the French presidential Web site

GSMA Launches SMS Spam Reporting Service

The GSM Association is promoting a system that will let mobile operators "crowd-source" spam reports from customers, to help curb spam in text messages.

New Version of Secret Copyright Treaty Text Leaked

A leaked document appears to have brought a swift response to calls from the European Commission and the New Zealand government on Monday for greater...

Acer Adds HDMI Input to K11 Pico Projector

Acer's K11 Pico Projector fits VGA and HDMI ports into a package weighing 610 grams. It will go on sale by late April, Acer staff at Cebit said.

LG Offers Phone Resellers a Taste of Fresh Cookie

LG showed its Cookie Fresh and Cookie Plus phones at Cebit. They include Facebook and Twitter clients and will go on sale in Q2.

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Google, PayPal and Equifax Offer Logins for US Gov't Systems

Google, PayPal and Equifax are the first identity providers to offer access to government Web sites via a new trust framework operated by Open Identity Exchange

Google Hopes to Launch German Street View This Year

Concerns over privacy mean Google has yet to launch its Street View service in Germany, a year-and-a-half after its cars began photographing German streets.

Vimov Helps Developers Test Multitouch IPad Apps

Vimov is offering developers writing for the Apple iPad a head-start in testing their apps using an iPhone as a multitouch controller for Apple's iPad simulator

Software AG Opens BPM Social Networking Beta Test

Software AG opened a beta version of its social network for business process modeling on Tuesday, a year after it first announced the service.