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.

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.

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...