Stories by Peter Sayer

Europeans will help China build open source platform

China's project to build an open computing platform got a boost Saturday as two European companies added their weight to a January agreement between China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and France's atomic energy authority, the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA).

Yahoo's legal battle over Nazi items continues

Yahoo may after all find itself having to answer to the French courts for its failure to block French users' access to information about the sale of Nazi memorabilia on its US Web sites.

SAP adds more RFID functions to SCM tools

SAP AG intends to give businesses a real-time view of what's happening to their inventory with an upgrade to its supply chain management (SCM) tools, it announced Monday.

EU fines Microsoft €497 million

The European Commission fined Microsoft €497.2 million and ordered the US software giant to offer a version of its Windows operating system without the Windows Media Player software within 90 days, at the close of a five-year investigation into the company's business practices in Europe.

IBM prepares mySAP virtualization tool

IBM is demonstrating software for dynamic provisioning of application servers for SAP's mySAP Business Suite in Hanover, Germany, at the Cebit trade show.

France's digital economy bill annoys Net users

PARIS (01/08/2004) - Net users and Internet service providers in France are mounting a last-ditch protest against a piece of legislation entitled A Bill to Promote Confidence in the Digital Economy, which entered its final reading in the French national assembly Thursday.

IDC: Economic recovery is what you make it

Economic recovery in the IT sector is in the eye of the beholder and, depending on what you're looking for, it may already be here - or still a long way off, according to speakers at the 13th annual IDC European IT Forum in Paris.

'Always on' GPRS is a myth

They call it "always on" access. They say it will let me work online "from anywhere". And they say they'll charge me a "flat rate" to use it.

Still looking for the 'killer app'

After investing hundreds of millions of dollars in multimedia messaging infrastructure, the mobile phone industry is still looking for the "killer app," the overwhelmingly useful application that will drive usage of it, according to Don Listwin, chief executive officer of mobile internet software developer Openwave Systems.

Google searches shopping sites with Froogle

Search engine company Google Inc. is testing an online shopping price comparison service, Froogle, and has introduced beta versions of two other search tools, Google Webquotes and Google Viewer.