Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

Google's Chrome passes Safari in U.S. browser share

Google Chrome is now the third-most-popular browser in the U.S., behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox, but ahead of Apple's Safari for the first time, Web analytics firm StatCounter says.

Google Street View Wi-Fi data included passwords and e-mail

Wi-Fi traffic intercepted by Google's Street View cars included passwords and e-mail, according to the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL).

Google Street View faces investigation in France and Italy

Data protection authorities in France and Italy will investigate Google's Street View service, following the company's admission that it recorded Wi-Fi traffic

Acer adds HDMI input to K11 pico projector

Acer's K11 Pico Projector fits VGA and HDMI ports into a package weighing 610 grams. It will go on sale by late April, Acer staff at CeBIT said.

Vimov helps developers test multitouch iPad apps

Vimov is offering developers writing for the Apple iPad a head-start in testing their apps using an iPhone as a multitouch controller for Apple's iPad simulator

Reports: Internet attacks traced to Chinese schools

Security experts investigating Internet attacks on Google and other companies say computers at Chinese schools may have been involved, say media reports

Google CEO has no plans to compete with mobile operators

Google's focus is Web search advertising and enterprise software, not running broadband or mobile phone networks, its CEO said at the Mobile World Congress.

Google readies Flash for Android devices

Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone operating system.

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7 software

Microsoft unveiled the next version of its operating system for mobile phones, Windows Phone 7 Series, featuring a move away from applications and towards...

Google loses claim to Groovle domain name

Google has failed in its attempt to take control of the domain name groovle.com, which it claimed was confusingly similar to its own.

DDoS attack on DNS hits Amazon and others briefly

A distributed denial-of-service attack affected Northern California Internet users Wednesday.

EU accepts Microsoft's commitments to offer browser choice

Microsoft's promise to allow Windows users to choose which Internet browser they use has been accepted by the European Commission, ending its antitrust investigation of the company's position in the browser market.

Apples to Windows comparison shopping

New retail efforts by Apple and Microsoft in Paris speak volumes about the companies' respective brand images and the customers they're hoping to woo.

VoloMedia claims a patent on podcasting

Software developer VoloMedia has been awarded a U.S. patent that the company says covers the basic elements of podcasting.

Spotify readies iPhone app for its streaming music service

On-demand music streaming company Spotify will release a free iPhone client for its service in a few weeks, but will charge €9.99 a month to access the service.