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.

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.

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Dell board warns Icahn bid may leave the firm short of cash

A plan proposed by Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management last week as an alternative to Michael Dell's proposal to take his namesake company private would leave it short of cash, Dell's board warned the bidders on Monday.

Study: Mobile phone apps view private data more than necessary

Mobile phone apps are accessing users' private data and transmitting it to remote servers far more than appears strictly necessary, while users have inadequate tools to monitor or control such access, according to a new study by two French government agencies.

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French government agency forced Wikipedia volunteer to delete entry

A French intelligence agency ordered a Wikipedia volunteer to delete a page about a military radio relay last month, alleging the page contained classified military information.

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Google must defend privacy policies to 6 European agencies

Six European data protection authorities will conduct formal investigations of Google's privacy policy after the company repeatedly rejected their requests that it reverse changes it made to the policy last March.

French students' group seeks $50M in criminal damages from Twitter

The French Union of Jewish Students filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million in criminal damages from Twitter and its CEO Dick Costolo over the company's failure to identify those responsible for a series of anti-Semitic posts last October. Twitter retorted that the union was "grandstanding."

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Fujitsu's new Lifebook E Line laptops come in three sizes, but share accessories

Fujitsu promises that although the new business laptops in its Lifebook E Line come in screen sizes from 13.3 inches to 15.6 inches, all will use the same standard components, including the main board, drives for the modular expansion bay, and AC adapters.

Surface Pro expected to hit European stores next quarter

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet will go on sale in Europe in the second quarter priced somewhere around €899, while a local telco is now reselling the latest editions of its Office 365 hosted productivity suite, the company announced ahead of the Cebit trade show on Monday.

Microsoft joins Open Data Center Alliance

Microsoft has joined the Open Data Center Alliance, a user-led organization that aims to simplify the purchasing of data center and cloud services by promoting interoperability and common standards.

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EU privacy regulators to rule on Google policy changes

European privacy authorities have threatened action before the summer to curb Google's collection, combination and storage of its users' personal information, after growing impatient with the company's failure to respond to their criticisms of its revised privacy policy.

Apple gives Tim Cook 51 percent salary increase

Apple CEO Tim Cook received compensation totaling $4.17 million in 2012, down 98.9 percent on last year -- although his 2011 compensation of $378 million consisted mostly of a one-off stock grant, worth $376.2 million at the time.