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.

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.

French sovereign wealth fund invests in two local cloud-computing providers

The French government is so keen to encourage the development of cloud computing infrastructure in France that it is investing in two competing home-grown cloud...

French antipiracy authority 'happy' it has sent just 14 cases to court in past year

Just 14 of the 1.15 million emails warning of copyright infringement sent out by the French online antipiracy authority have resulted in a case file being sent...

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Video Site Dailymotion Plans Homepage Refresh to Boost Video Views

Video site Dailymotion hopes to show its visitors more videos with a redesign of its homepage that appears to draw inspiration from the checkered interface of...

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Android and IOS Dominate Mobile Market, Says IDC

Android was on over two-thirds of smartphones shipped in the second quarter, with Apple's iOS on around a sixth of them -- more than all the remaining smartphone...

Vodafone's Q2 Revenue Drops 7 Percent

Vodafone Group reported a 7 percent year-on-year drop in revenue for the second quarter. The mobile phone giant saw year-on-year declines in almost every sector...

Nokia's Q2 Smartphone Sales Fell 39 Percent, as Loss Widens

Nokia reported a 39 percent year-on-year drop in the number of smartphones it sold in the second quarter, to 10.2 million, while its net loss more than trebled.

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European Commission Investigates Microsoft's Browser Choice Commitments

The European Commission has launched a formal investigation of Microsoft's compliance with commitments it made to settle a browser antitrust case.

French Company Fined €10,000 for Failing to Share GPS Tracking Data With Employee

A French company must pay a €10,000 (US$12,281) fine for failing to provide an employee with GPS data tracking the movements of his company vehicle, the French...

Facebook Buys a Stake in $450M Asian Undersea Cable Consortium

Facebook has taken a stake in a US$450 million project to link South Asian countries with an undersea cable, a company spokeswoman said Friday. The project is...