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

Online gamer slain over theft of virtual treasure

A Shanghai man was sentenced to death Tuesday after a dispute over ownership of a virtual sword in an online game led to a real-life killing.

Mobile phone sales reached new records in first quarter

Mobile phone sales hit a new high in the first three months of the year, while the top three manufacturers tightened their grip on the market, according to a study published Wednesday.

Five vendors join against Microsoft in EU case

Five large technology companies have banded together to support the European Commission in its attempt to stop Microsoft Corp. using its PC operating systems monopoly to dominate the markets for workgroup server and media player software. IBM Corp., Nokia Corp., Oracle Corp., RealNetworks Inc. and Red Hat Inc. have applied as a group to intervene against Microsoft as the company appeals the Commission's antitrust ruling "because they are very concerned about Microsoft's anticompetitive conduct," according to their representative, Thomas Vinje, a partner with legal firm Clifford Chance LLP.

3GSM: Phone makers hope to play in music market

Wherever you turn at trade shows, there's always a stand with blaring music, and the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes was no exception this week. However, this time the music was not only accompanying the announcements: it was headlining.

3GSM : Camera-phone boundary blurs

It can only be a matter of time before we talk of calling someone with our camera, as the resolution and capabilities of the imaging components in mobile phones continue to climb. At the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, this week, manufacturers showed off a number of technologies that render the line between phones and cameras more blurry -- but make the pictures they produce ever sharper.

Sony Ericsson counters Motorola with Walkman phone

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB will counter Motorola's introduction yesterday of its first iTunes-compatible cell phone when it unveils a mobile phone-cum-digital music player early next month, company President Miles Flint announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes on Monday.

EU Microsoft ruling shuns open source, critics say

The European Commission's requirement that Microsoft Corp. license certain of its communication protocols will do little for competition in the workgroup server market if a draft license proposed by Microsoft is accepted, open source software advocates say.