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

EPIC, CDD ask FTC to block Google-DoubleClick merger

Three U.S. online civil rights groups have filed a complaint asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Google’s planned US$3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick unless the company agrees to stop tracking its users.

Google buys video conferencing software

Google has bought Marratech, a Stockholm-based developer of video conferencing software, taking it further into the sphere of collaborative working.

Vonage CEO resigns, cost-cutting moves planned

Vonage CEO Michael Snyder resigns and the company announces cost-cutting moves.

Don't use WEP, say German security researchers

German researchers have published details of a way to break WEP security on Wi-Fi networks in under 60 seconds.

Report names Microsoft among DoubleClick suitors

Online advertising sales and hosting company DoubleClick is looking for a new owner, according to U.S. media reports.

CEBIT: IT industry wants less Internet regulation

The German IT industry wants lawmakers to focus on copyright and fair competition, but not to regulate other aspects of the Internet.

France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence

France has passed a law making it a crime for anyone except professional journalists to record or broadcast violent acts.

Camera makers vie for SLR buyers' attention

Camera manufacturers including Canon, Pentax and Fujifilm will show new digital SLRs for professional photographers at the PMA07 show in Las Vegas next month.

Google upgrades Blogger service - for some

Google is offering some users of its Blogger Web site access to a new version of the blog hosting service.

LCDs outsell CRTs in Europe

Demand for flat-panel televisions fell in Europe, but LCD models still outsold CRT models for the first time there during the third quarter.

Alcatel sues Microsoft over digital video patents

Alcatel accused Microsoft of infringing on seven patents, some relating to digital video transmission. It made the claims in lawsuits filed in Texas on Friday.

French publishers join Google booksearch lawsuit

The French Publishers' Association has joined a lawsuit brought by a French publisher to stop Google publishing book extracts in Google Book Search.

AMD completes ATI merger, plans fusion of CPU and GPU

AMD plans to deliver chips integrating a main processor and a graphics processor by early 2009, in a project codenamed Fusion.

French operator follows Apple on mobile music pricing

French mobile operator SFR will cut the price of music downloads to €0.99 next month, matching the price of Apple's iTunes Store.

First security flaw signaled in IE7

Less than 24 hours after the launch of Internet Explorer 7, security researchers have found a flaw in the new browser.