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.

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.

Not Whom They Expected: SAP's McDermott Opens Cebit

At the opening ceremony of the Cebit trade show, Spain's president, Germany's chancellor and SAP's new co-CEO said we must train more engineers.

Reports: Internet Attacks Traced to Chinese Schools

Security experts investigating Internet attacks on Google and other companies say computers at Chinese schools may have been involved, say media reports

French Net Filtering Plan Moves Forward

French lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve a draft law to filter Internet traffic, a measure the government says is intended to catch child pornographers.

Google CEO Has No Plans to Compete With Mobile Operators

Google's focus is Web search advertising and enterprise software, not running broadband or mobile phone networks, its CEO said at the Mobile World Congress.

Buffering: Google Readies Flash for Android Devices

Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone operating system.