Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

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.

France fines Google for Street View collection of Wi-Fi data

Google must pay a fine of €100,000 (US$142,000) for the unauthorized collection of information about the location of Wi-Fi hotspots in France by its Street View cars.

Buffalo NAS Terastations push limits of Intel Atom

Buffalo Technology is bumping up against the limits of Intel's Atom platform with its forthcoming six- and eight-bay Terastation network attached storage.

Paul Allen amends lawsuit against Apple and others

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a last-minute amendment to his patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Facebook, Google and others.

Google targeted by EU antitrust probe

The European Commission is investigating allegations that Google has abused its dominant position in online search to promote its other services.

Google adds two-factor authentication option to Google Apps

Google added a two-factor authentication option to Google Apps on Monday, allowing enterprises to protect user accounts with a one-time code.

Report: DOJ nears deal with tech firms on staff poaching

The U.S. Department of Justice is nearing a settlement with technology vendors including Apple, Google and others over an investigation of their hiring practices.

Google Street View cars back too soon, says French watchdog

Google has resumed collection of Street View image data in France, annoying the French data protection registrar which is still investigating the service.

Facebook faces fine from German privacy regulator

Facebook faces a fine from a German privacy regulator for failing to obtain the consent of the people whose contact details it stores.