Peter SayerIDG News Service

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

CBS to buy CNET Networks for $1.8 billion

CBS has agreed to pay $1.8 billion in cash for online media company CNET Networks in a deal that has the backing of both companies' boards.

Google takes Street View snaps in Paris; lawsuits may follow

Google has begun scanning the streets and buildings of Paris to expand its Street View service.

France Télécom waiting for next-gen iPhone to change pricing

France Télécom does not plan to change the price it charges for Apple’s iPhone until a new model is on the market.

Sony charges $50 to remove laptop bloatware

Sony is offering to remove some of the trial software it crams onto the hard disks of new laptops -- for a fee.

Google's search share up, Yahoo and Microsoft down

Google continued to increase its share of the U.S. search market in February, widening the gap that Microsoft hopes to fill by buying Yahoo.

EU approves Google-DoubleClick deal

Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick does not pose a significant threat to competition in the European online advertising market, the European Commission said Tuesday. However, it reminded the companies that they also have an obligation to respect European Union legislation on the privacy of personal data, one of the grounds on which opponents lobbied to block the merger.

Android comes to life in Barcelona

Google's Android software platform for mobile phones is coming to life in Barcelona, with a number of chip manufacturers showing it running on prototype or proof-of-concept phones at the Mobile World Congress on Monday.

EU wants mobile data roaming charges cut by July

The European Commission has given mobile network operators until July 1 to cut the cost of using mobile data services while travelling abroad, or face regulation.

Nokia to buy software developer Trolltech for $153M

Nokia has offered to buy Trolltech, the Norwegian developer of a widely used application framework, for 844 million Norwegian kroner (US$153 million) in cash. Nokia hopes the Trolltech development team will give its own software efforts a boost.

Sony-BMG to sell DRM-free music downloads via stores

Sony-BMG will offer DRM-free versions of 37 albums for download from Jan. 15. The albums will sell for $12.99.

Netflix, LG plan to link TVs directly to Internet

LG Electronics and Netflix will work to develop a set-top box that can stream movies over the Internet directly onto a television screen.

US court of appeals hands Google a patent setback

Google's browser toolbar is back in court on patent infringement charges, after a U.S. court of appeals overturned part of a lower court decision. Google's AdSense contextual advertising service, though, is in the clear.

Amazon ordered to end free delivery on books in France

A French court has ruled that Amazon must stop offering free delivery on books in France, or pay fines of €1,000 a day.

Orange sells 30,000 iPhones in five days

Orange sold 30,000 iPhones in the five days following its launch in France.

Court lets T-Mobile sell locked iPhones in Germany

T-Mobile Germany is free to sell Apple's iPhone locked to its network and with a two-year service contract, a Hamburg court has ruled.