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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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.

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Vine boss, other key executives depart Twitter

Twitter is facing the exits of key managers, even as the company struggles with flagging growth in its user base

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Facebook to set up second data center in Europe

Facebook is setting up a data center in Clonee, Ireland, which will be its sixth in the world and its second outside the U.S.

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SAP sees cloud, support revenue overtaking software in 2018

Reflecting an industry trend, German business software maker SAP expects its revenue from cloud subscriptions and support to be higher than its revenue from software licenses in 2018.

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The fight for the privacy of students and cellphone users moves to US states

The fight for privacy is moving to U.S. states with 16 states and the District of Columbia introducing legislation on Wednesday that address issues such as requiring permission before student data is shared for non-educational purposes and the requirement of warrants before using cell-tower simulators to intercept phone calls.

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Facebook sets up real-time 'Sports Stadium' for live chats and scores during big games

Facebook wants to grab the large audiences that American football attracts, and has launched Facebook Sports Stadium, which it describes as a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with friends and the world.

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Foxconn said to bid over $5B for Sharp

Large contract manufacturer Foxconn has bid to take over ailing Sharp for its display business and manufacturing know-how, according to news reports.

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Apple plans to set up stores in India

Apple has applied to the Indian government for permission to set up a wholly-owned store operated by the company, taking advantage of changing rules for retail in India.

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Microsoft will donate $1 billion in cloud services to nonprofits, researchers

Microsoft plans to donate US$1 billion in cloud services over three years to nongovernmental organizations and researchers, in a bid to provide access to these services to those who can't afford them.

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Apple convinces U.S. court to ban Samsung phones in patent dispute, but only old ones

A federal court in California has banned the sale in the U.S. of Samsung smartphones that have features that infringe three patents owned by Apple.