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.

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.

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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.

Google lets Wi-Fi hotspot owners opt out of location service

Bowing to pressure from European privacy regulators, Google will soon allow owners of Wi-Fi access points to opt out of a Google service that allows smartphone owners to identify their location without using GPS.

Samsung wipes Galaxy Tab 7.7 from stand after court order

Samsung Electronics erased all traces of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from its exhibition stand at a Berlin trade show just two days after launching the tablet.

Panasonic touts 3D Olympics film deal and HD 3D camcorder

Panasonic executives shook hands on a deal to broadcast the 2012 Olympics live in 3D, and unveiled the company's HDC-Z10000 3D video camera with image stabilization.

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German court upholds injunction on Samsung tablet imports

A German court has upheld a preliminary injunction requested by Apple, preventing Samsung Electronics from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC in Germany.

Swiss party makes dislike of PowerPoint a political issue

A political party in Switzerland is campaigning on an anti-PowerPoint platform.

Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8.5 billion

Microsoft has agreed to buy Skype for $8.5 billion, the companies announced Tuesday.

Nokia hands Symbian OS work and 3,000 employees to Accenture

Nokia will outsource its Symbian software activities to Accenture, transferring 3,000 employees to the company in the process, as it moves its focus to making phones that run Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.