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

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.

Another Apple patent in Samsung dispute questioned by U.S. patent officials

Another of the patents Apple relied on in a $1 billion infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics has been called into question by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. The move, if not successfully opposed by Apple, may help Samsung in its appeal against the judgment.

Yahoo boss appoints another former Google worker as COO

Henrique de Castro previously vice president of Google's worldwide partner business solutions group

Pirate Bay founder's detained for tax hack investigation

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg will remain in detention for at least two more weeks while Swedish prosecutors investigate his alleged involvement in the hacking of IT company Logica, a Swedish court ruled.

Samsung plans to drag iPhone 5 into Apple patent suit

Samsung Electronics intends to drag the iPhone 5 into an ongoing patent lawsuit with Apple, according to documents filed with a U.S. court. For its part, Apple expects to extend its suit to include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean.

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French Court Levies First Fine Under Three-strikes Law on Illegal Downloads

A French court fined a man €150 (US$193) on Thursday for failing to secure his Internet connection, according to a spokesman for the French High Authority for...

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Intel cuts its Q3 revenue forecast by about $1 billion

Poor sales of PCs to enterprises and emerging markets are forcing Intel to cut its forecast for the third quarter.