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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Apple's iPhone sued for infringing touch feedback patents

Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches

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Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India after regulatory debacle

Facebook has withdrawn Free Basics from India, two days after the country's telecommunications regulator prohibited the differential pricing of data depending on the content or application that is being accessed.

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US regulator: Google's self-driving car AI could qualify as a driver

The U.S. federal transport safety regulator is coming around to the view that rules could be updated so that computers in autonomous cars can be considered as drivers, but added that the rule-making could take some time.

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Opera gets acquisition offer from Chinese consortium that includes Qihoo

Browser company Opera Software has received an acquisition offer for about US$1.2 billion from a Chinese consortium consisting of Internet companies Beijing Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360 Software.

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Facebook faces restrictions in France on data transfer to US, tracking of users

The French data protection authority has ordered Facebook to stop some transfers of personal data of its users to the U.S. and to change the way it handles the data of users and non-users visiting its website.

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Facebook's Free Basics prohibited in India

Facebook's Free Basics service has been dealt a severe blow by India's telecommunications regulator, which ruled on Monday that telecom service providers are prohibited from charging differently for data depending on the content or the application that the user is accessing.

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UN panel backs WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, but he may not go free

A UN panel has ruled that the time Julian Assange has spent cooped up in the London embassy of the Ecuador government amounts to arbitrary detention by the U.K. and Sweden, but it is unlikely that the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing website will walk away free soon.

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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will 'accept arrest' if UN panel rules against him

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will accept arrest by the British police if a UN panel on arbitrary detention rules against him, according to a tweet by the whistle-blowing website.

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Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen being investigated in the US for patent infringement

As car automation technologies like navigation and infotainment systems emerge as the next big opportunity for the automotive industry, patent disputes similar to those seen in the smartphone business have not unexpectedly surfaced in the industry.

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Storied Xerox to split its business into separate document and BPO companies

Over 50 years ago, Xerox introduced photocopiers based on a dry process called xerography that largely did away with the requirement of carbon copies of documents. So popular was the concept and the technology that in many markets users didn't ask for a photocopy but a 'xerox' of a document.

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Smartphone growth at lowest on concerns about global economy, saturation in China

Smartphone shipment growth was at its lowest ever in the fourth quarter of 2015 on account of the maturity of major markets like China and consumer concerns about the global economy, according to a research firm.

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Oracle raises questions on open-source license for Android with OpenJDK

Oracle has raised questions whether a version of Android running OpenJDK code will at all get an open-source license.

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VMware cuts 800 jobs as it transitions from older 'blockbuster' compute products

VMware is cutting 800 jobs as it transitions from its traditional products to newer, emerging technologies.

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Sony targets Internet of Things with $212 million buy of chip company Altair

Sony has reached an agreement to acquire chip company Altair Semiconductor in Israel for US$212 million in a bid to strengthen its offering for the Internet of Things market.

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Marvin Minsky, AI pioneer and Turing award winner, dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, a professor emeritus at MIT who pioneered the exploration of the mind and its replication in a machine, died on Sunday from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 88, according to MIT Media Lab.