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

Music industry suits total 2,000 in Europe

The music industry unleashed a new wave of copyright lawsuits on European Internet users on Tuesday, bringing the total sued since November to around 2,000, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

France moves ahead on DRM legislation

The French National Assembly approved a copyright bill that will restrict P-to-P software and force DRM developers to reveal details of their systems.

French lawmakers finalize copyright bill

French lawmakers have finalized the text of a copyright bill that will outlaw P-to-P software if deputies approve it on Tuesday.

CEBIT: Ink-jet cartridge makers criticize Epson lawsuits

Makers of third-party ink-jet printer cartridges and refills don't believe a recent string of lawsuits by Epson will stop the industry, they said at Cebit.

P-to-P amendment delays French copyright bill

The French government will not attempt to force through a bill on digital copyright before year-end after all.

Seagate to buy Maxtor for $1.9 billion in stock

Hard disk makers Seagate and Maxtor have announced terms for their $1.9 billion merger.

France expected to cut iPod levy in time for Christmas

French authorities will reduce a copyright levy imposed on music players containing flash memory, perhaps as early as this week.

Judge stays Google's suit against Microsoft

A judge has issued a tentative ruling staying Google's request to have a California court hear a case relating to its recruitment of a former Microsoft exec.

Google adds details to philanthropic plans

Google has announced details of its philanthropic plans, including planned donations of $265 million.

VeriSign buys Weblogs.com for $2.3 million

VeriSign has bought network infrastructure underpinning key services for bloggers from owner Scripting News for US$2.3 million in cash.

Sony plans to cut 10,000 jobs to save costs

Sony Corp. issued an earnings warning Thursday and said it will cut 10,000 jobs and a number of product models over the next few years, as it reorganizes its electronics division in an effort to reduce costs.

HP plans to cut 14,500 jobs, saving $1.9B a year

HP will save US$1.9 billion a year through a reorganization that will cut 10 percent of its workforce, or around 14,500 jobs.

EC raids Intel, PC makers in competition inquiry

Intel’s European offices were raided Tuesday by officials from the European Commission.

Sasser worm creator sentenced by German court

A German teenager who confessed to creating the Sasser computer worm was sentenced to 21 months of youth custody, suspended for three years.

Nokia, Apple partner on Web browser in phones

Nokia Corp. is turning to open-source software developers to provide a new Web browser for smart phones based on its Series 60 mobile phone software platform, the company announced Monday.