Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

Leaked treaty draft shows US at loggerheads with Pacific states on copyright

A secretive international trade treaty up for discussion next week could have far-reaching effects on Internet services, copyright law and civil liberties.

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Google ordered by French court to block Max Mosley sex party photos

A French court has ordered Google to block images from its search results.

Heins out as BlackBerry CEO, as struggling phone maker takes $1 billion loan

BlackBerry will take a loan from its principal shareholder and name John S. Chen chairman and interim CEO

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France summons US ambassador over allegations of spying on phone calls and industry

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on French telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent and gathered data on millions of phone calls.

French ISP Free offers fiber customers 1Gbps upgrade for no cost

Customers of French ISP Free will soon see their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections upgraded from 100Mbps to 1Gbps, with no change to the monthly fee of €36 (US$50) including tax.

Report: French ministers told to install Android sandbox if they want to use smartphones

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned government ministers this summer that they and their staff should only use approved smartphones to discuss sensitive matters, a French magazine has revealed.

Snowden leaks show UK and US spies have cracked BlackBerry's BES encryption

The U.S. National Security Agency is able to read messages sent via a corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), according to a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel. The purpose of this spying is economic or political, and not to counter terrorism, the magazine hints.

French prosecutor starts preliminary inquiry into Prism privacy violations

Allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on French citizens with its Prism program have prompted the French public prosecutor to begin a preliminary inquiry, a court spokeswoman said Thursday.

Snowden has left the airport! Russia grants asylum for a year

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has finally left the transit area of the Moscow airport, after Russia granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer told The Wall Street Journal.

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Sprint reports $1.6B net loss as it shuts down Nextel platform

Sprint Nextel made a net loss of $1.6 billion for the second quarter, swollen by the cost of shutting down its Nextel wireless network, but the company is more optimistic about future profitability.

Orange reports sharp fall in profit on declining first-half revenue

French telecommunications operator Orange reported a sharp fall in net profit for the first half, with as revenue declined year on year too.

Michael Dell raises buyout offer for Dell by $0.10 per share, with new voting conditions

Michael Dell has raised his offer to take Dell private by US$0.10 per share, to about $24.7 billion, after the company was forced to delay a vote because stockholders seemed inclined to reject the bid.

ISP did not throttle YouTube traffic at peak hours, telecom regulator finds

Allegations that an ISP throttled traffic from YouTube and other Google properties at peak hours were unfounded, according to the French telecommunications regulator.

Are Microsoft phones making inroads as Lumia has record smartphones sales?

Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumia smartphones in the second quarter, its best yet for sales of the Windows Phone devices, but still made a net loss.

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.