John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for the IDG News Service.

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'Celebgate' hacker sentenced 18 months for stealing nude photos

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on charges of hacking the Google and Apple email accounts of over 100 people including celebrities, and getting access to nude videos and photographs of some people.


Personal data of 550,000 Red Cross blood donors breached

The Australian Red Cross said its blood donor service has found that registration information of 550,000 donors had been compromised, which the agency blamed on human error by a third-party contractor.

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Samsung's smartphone share hit by Note7 debacle, stiff competition

Samsung Electronics continued on top of the smartphone market in the third quarter but was battered by the impact of the Note7 recall and increased competition in India, China and the U.S., according to Strategy Analytics.

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Oracle takes Java copyright dispute with Google to appeals court

Oracle has taken its bid for up to US$9 billion in damages to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after a judge in a federal court in California recently struck down its bid for a retrial in a copyright infringement suit against Google over the use of Java code in the Android operating system.

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Google Fiber halts expansion plans to review strategy

In a dramatic change in strategy, Google Fiber has paused plans to roll out fiber optic cables across a number of U.S. cities, as the company reevaluates its strategy to presumably use mainly wireless to provide high-speed Internet service.

Automated cars are raising concerns about privacy and security

US transport agency guidance on vehicle cybersecurity irks lawmakers

Guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity has attracted criticism from lawmakers who said that mandatory security standards were required.

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Twitter said to plan 300 more job cuts this week

Twitter may trim its staff again by about 300 people or 8 percent of its workforce, as the company tries to cut costs in trying times.

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$85 billion AT&T, Time Warner deal under scrutiny from politicians, consumer groups

The plan by AT&T to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion has come under the microscope of U.S. politicians and public interest groups that are concerned about the antitrust implications of the mega-deal.

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WikiLeaks says it doesn’t collaborate with states

WikiLeaks claims to have many thousands of sources but does not collaborate with states in the publication of documents, its editorial board said Sunday.

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AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4B in content play

AT&T said it will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion, reflecting a continuing trend for the consolidation of communications and media companies.

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Intel asserts trademark rights against John McAfee

Intel does not object to John McAfee using his personal name in connection with his business, but it objects to the use of the McAfee trade name and trademark in a way that could confuse consumers or dilute the brand.


Indian banks replace millions of debit cards after possible breach

Indian banks blocked or asked customers to change their PINs on 3.2 million debit cards after concerns about a security breach.

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Every Tesla car will contain the hardware to drive itself

Tesla Motors’ cars will come fitted with full self-driving hardware, as the company jousts with tech rivals and car makers who are making a pitch for the the autonomous car market.

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Samsung faces lawsuit from Note7 owners who couldn’t use their phones

Samsung’s problems with lawsuits from alleged victims of overheating batteries in the Galaxy Note7 smartphone could get compounded by consumers suing for compensation of carrier charges.

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Asylum of WikiLeaks’ Assange not in question

The asylum granted to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange by the government of Ecuador is not in question, despite what appear to be differences of opinion between the two on the release of controversial documents by the whistleblowing site.