Stories by Peter Sayer

SanDisk's InfiniFlash is a new storage format that will sell for under $1/GB

SanDisk is hoping the $1/GB price of its new InfiniFlash storage platform will be enough to convince customers that all-flash systems can be viable for big-data applications, including content streaming and giant databases.

YO! This messaging app has a lot more to say for itself, even offline

Mobile World Congress is not the best place to launch a new messaging app: With thousands of tech-savvy visitors in Barcelona, many of them toting multiple connected devices, public wireless and Wi-Fi networks quickly become so saturated that it's difficult to send a message via Internet, even a brief "Yo," to a nearby colleague.

Ericsson seeks to block sales of Apple products in US, stepping up patent dispute

Some Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way after filing a barrage of patent lawsuits.

Gemalto says spies probably didn't steal mobile phone encryption keys from it after all

SIM card maker Gemalto has dismissed recent reports that U.K. and U.S. spies obtained encryption keys protecting millions of mobile phones by hacking its network.

Apple plans two European data centers running on renewable energy

Apple plans to open two European data centers running on renewable energy in 2017, following similar moves by Google and Facebook in the region.

Expedia to buy Orbitz for $1.6 billion

Cheaper air travel is making the world seem smaller -- and that's increasingly the case for the online booking market too, with Expedia planning to swallow up rival Orbitz Worldwide barely a month after buying the smaller Travelocity.

French newspapers go offline, but hosting company rules out DDoS as cause

High-profile French media websites went offline for a few hours Friday morning, prompting frenzied speculation about "unprecedented" cyberattacks -- but the hosting company behind the sites soon dismissed talk of a massive distributed denial-of-service attack.

CSC pays $190M to settle 4-year-old accounting fraud case with SEC

IT services company CSC will pay US$190 million to settle a case brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over four-year-old charges that it violated U.S. antifraud, reporting, and books-and-records laws. The company did not admit guilt, but has promised not to violate those laws in future.

Tor, TrueCrypt, Tails topped the NSA's 'most wanted' list in 2012

Three out of three? That could be the score for the U.S. National Security Agency's cryptographic "most wanted" list of 2012.

Uber says Korean service legal, despite indictment of CEO for illegal taxi operations

Would iconic ride-hailing startup Uber Technologies CEO still be worth its US$40 billion valuation if founder and CEO Travis Kalanick were in prison?

Oracle hopes to better target online advertising with Datalogix acquisition

Half the money spent on advertising is wasted -- the question is, which half? That's the age-old question in adland. Now Oracle is hoping to help its customers answer that question with the acquisition of Datalogix, which collects offline consumer spending data in a bid to help online advertisers pick the right targets.

Blackberry reports falling revenue, but loss shrinks

BlackBerry's revenue continued its dive in the three months to Nov. 29, but on Friday the company reported a smaller loss than a year earlier.

Android apps exploit permissions granted, French researchers find

Android apps really do use those permissions they ask for to access users' personal information: one online store records a phone's location up to 10 times a minute, French researchers have found. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather.

USB Armory is the Swiss army knife of security devices

"Where's Andrea?" That was the question on the lips of attendees at this week's No Such Con security conference.

OpenStack users: We need more experienced staff

Paradoxically for a platform intended to automate cloud service deployment, a major obstacle to wider adoption of OpenStack is a lack of qualified staff, speakers and attendees at the OpenStack Summit in Paris said Monday.