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.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to retire in September, handing over to Luca Maestri

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Oppenheimer listed obtaining a pilot's license among the reasons he is handing duties over to Luca Maestri, Apple's corporate controller

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.

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.

Noisy protests greet buyer of first iPhone 5 in Paris

The first buyers of Apple's iPhone 5 in Paris were treated to protests from ex-employees of an Apple reseller that claim Apple's retail arm has forced them out of business.

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.

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 OSes combined.

Google strikes deal to end litigation with French authors and publishers

Google has struck a deal with two French organizations representing authors and book publishers, ending years of litigation over its unauthorized scanning of their books.

Yahoo says it will implement Do Not Track worldwide later this year

Yahoo websites worldwide will comply with visitors' Do Not Track preferences starting later this year, the company announced Wednesday.

Google says it will cooperate with any Safari privacy investigations

Google will cooperate with any investigations into allegations that it bypassed privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser, the company said, after a news report that both U.S. and E.U. officials are investigating the company.

Apple's email services push up to German border, but no further

Apple has deactivated push email services for iCloud and MobileMe users in Germany, due to an injunction from a patent lawsuit brought by Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Mobility fails to make patent case against Apple in German court

A German court has thrown out a Motorola Mobility patent lawsuit against Apple, breaking a recent run of courtroom successes for the company.

Facebook unfriends coal, friends Greenpeace in clean energy campaign

Greenpeace International has ended a long-running campaign calling on Facebook to "unfriend coal" as a source of energy for its data centers, after Facebook agreed to promote clean and renewable energy.

Apple moves up in Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics

Apple moves up to fourth place in Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics. The latest guide to greener PCs, TVs, and mobile phones recognizes the efforts Hewlett-Packard and Dell have made to clean up their supply chain, catapulting them up the rankings

Microsoft kills the Zune

If you were still waiting to get your hands on a Zune, we have some bad news.