Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

Twitter hands French prosecutors identities of anti-Jewish posters

Twitter has handed French prosecutors information enabling the identification of some of those responsible for posts last year apparently contravening French laws on hate speech, according to the Union of French Jewish Students (UEJF), which had filed suits against the company to compel it to release the data.

French copyright and telecommunications watchdogs lose their teeth

Two French Internet watchdogs have lost their teeth following a change in the law on Tuesday and a ruling by the Constitutional Court last week.

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Google faces sanctions in Europe over privacy policy

A German data protection authority has begun a formal action against Google over changes the company made to its privacy policy last year. The French privacy regulator announced a similar action last month.

French competition authority raids Apple France

Apple is under investigation by the French competition authority, which has raided the company's offices in France, and those of several distributors, a spokesman for the authority said Monday.

Data center outage takes French state financial system offline for four days

The French government's accounts payable system, Chorus, is back online after a four-day outage, the French State Financial Computing Agency (AIFE) announced Monday.

Capgemini to orchestrate Microsoft cloud products with Skysight offering

Capgemini is introducing a hybrid cloud orchestration service focused on Microsoft products, although enterprises will be able to manage any load with the offering, including applications running on Linux, the company said.

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French privacy authority gives Google 3 months to change its ways

France's data protection authority has given Google three months to change the way it handles users' private data, or face legal sanctions.

Alcatel-Lucent refocuses on IP networking and ultra broadband

Alcatel-Lucent will refocus on IP networking and ultra-broadband access in mobile and fixed-line networks as it seeks to return to profitability by 2015.

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Ascend P6 is the world's thinnest smartphone

Huawei Technologies' much-leaked Ascend P6 smartphone is the world's thinnest at 6.18 millimeters, and has the highest-resolution front-facing camera at 5 megapixels, the company claimed at the phone's London launch.

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French court says Twitter must reveal source of racist tweets

A French court of appeal has rejected a move by Twitter seeking to shield the identities of those responsible for posts last year contravening French laws on hate speech and carrying the hashtag #unbonjuif (a good Jew).

France Télécom CEO charged with conspiracy to defraud

France Télécom's CEO Stéphane Richard has been charged with conspiracy to defraud, a Paris court announced Wednesday. The charge relates to alleged activities before he joined the company.

Tibco Software acquires event processing specialist StreamBase Systems

Tibco Software has added streaming capabilities to its event-processing portfolio with the acquisition of StreamBase Systems.

Take Silver Lake's money and run, Dell advises shareholders

Dell has written to shareholders they are better off accepting a bid from Michael Dell and Silver Lake to acquire the company than holding on to their shares.

French police end missing persons searches, suggest using Facebook instead

French police will no longer search for adults reported missing by their families unless there are signs that the person is in danger. Instead, the French Ministry of the Interior suggests that people turn to social networks.

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France should soften Internet 'three strikes' law, says gov't report

France should stop cutting off the Internet access of those accused of illicit file sharing, and close down the agency that polices online copyright breaches, according to a government-commissioned report.