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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Amazon shows off new delivery drone has teased a new drone for deliveries that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter but flies like an airplane.

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Sony says PS4 remote game streaming to PCs, Macs coming

Sony said its PlayStation 4 will deliver game streaming to PCs and Macs, shortly after a third-party app promised to offer similar functionality.

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US spy court appoints lawyers to panel of advisers

A secret U.S. spy court has appointed a five-member panel of advisers as part of the reform of the surveillance of the National Security Agency.

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Lawsuit against Microsoft over employee no-poach deals dismissed

A lawsuit against Microsoft that charged it with entering into restrictive hiring agreements with other companies has been dismissed by a court in California, with the judge declaring that the employees had waited too long to file the suit.

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Court tosses out Oracle's bid to disqualify expert in Java case

A court in San Francisco has declined Oracle's bid to disqualify an expert in its copyright dispute with Google over the use of Java code in the Android mobile operating system.

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Tech shuttle drivers in Silicon Valley negotiate wage hike

Shuttle drivers for some key Silicon Valley companies will have their first paid holiday on Thanksgiving this week, under new terms negotiated by a workers' union.

Reddit will honor 'Do Not Track' requests from visitors

Reddit has decided to honor 'Do Not Track,' a feature that will ensure that it does not download third-party analytics on to browsers that enable the option.

FTC allows selfies to verify parental consent for kids using online services

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, after a long debate, has allowed the use of a new method involving phone or webcam photographs of parents to verify that the person providing consent for a child to use an online service is in fact the child’s parent.

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Square IPO priced at $9, seen as test of whether tech startups are still hot

Payments processor Square has priced its initial public offering at a level far lower than earlier indicated, even as analysts are looking at the company's debut on the stock exchange Thursday as a test of how public markets will evaluate new, high-flying startups some of whom have seen valuations of over US$1 billion.

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In wake of Paris attacks, legislation aims to extend NSA program

A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation that would delay the end of the bulk collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency to Jan. 31, 2017, in the wake of renewed security concerns after the terror attacks last Friday in Paris.

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Qualcomm faces antitrust probe in South Korea

Qualcomm confirmed Tuesday it is under antitrust investigation in South Korea in connection with its licensing practices.

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Citrix spinning off GoTo collaboration business, laying off 1,000 people

Citrix Systems has decided to spin off its GoTo collaboration products business into a new company, to focus on its core business in the secure delivery of apps and data.

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Facebook to widen use of Safety Check tool after Paris attacks

Facebook's Safety Check tool to help users alert friends about their safety was activated for the first time after a terror attack in Paris over the weekend, with a large number of users reporting they had benefited from it.


Apple's dropping Beats Music at the end of the month

Apple has pulled the plug on Beats Music, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.

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LG's new Watch Urbane LTE makes calls even if you leave your phone behind

Google has brought cellular connectivity between mobile phones and smartwatches running Android Wear, making it possible to make and pick up calls even when your phone is at home.