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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Salesforce to acquire data center optimization startup Coolan

Salesforce.com has signed a definite agreement to acquire Coolan, the developer of a platform for data center hardware analysis and optimization.

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Petition urges Apple not to release technology for jamming phone cameras

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to deploy technology that would allow third parties like the police to use it to disable cameras on user phones under certain circumstances.

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Southwest Airlines delays flights after computer issues

Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas, said Wednesday that performance issues with its technology systems had led to flight delays.

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IBM grows in cloud and data analytics but overall revenue slides

IBM’s revenue continued to decline in the second quarter but growth in some of its strategic initiatives like cloud computing and data analytics suggest that the company may be on track in its transition plans.

SoftBank agrees to buy mobile chip giant ARM for $32 billion

SoftBank's $32 billion ARM acquisition would give SoftBank a strong presence in the smartphone and IoT markets.

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Tesla asked to brief Senate committee on fatal car crash

Tesla Motors has been asked by a U.S. Senate Committee to brief it on the circumstances leading to a fatal accident that killed the driver of a Tesla Model S, while the vehicle’s Autopilot driver-assistance feature was turned on.

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European Union slams Google with more antitrust charges

The European Commission on Thursday has added new antitrust charges against Google in the areas of search and advertising as it continues to investigate into the Internet search giant.

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FAA compromise bill drops key drone privacy provisions

A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that was passed by the Senate on Wednesday has excluded key privacy provisions, including a requirement that commercial and government users of drones should disclose if they collect personally identifiable information of a person.

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Chrysler launches bug bounty for connected vehicles after Jeep Cherokee hack

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has launched a bug bounty program to attract white-hat hackers to spot out cybersecurity flaws in its products and connected services.

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US Senator Al Franken has privacy concerns about Pokémon Go’s data collection

U.S. Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised the inevitable question about the privacy of the extensive data the game collects from its users, including children, and whether the data is used for other purposes.

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Google hires team from online content sharing service Kifi

The team at Kifi, the developer of a service for users to save, collaborate and chat on online content, have joined Google’s Spaces group.

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VPN provider cuts off service to Russia after servers seized

Private Internet Access, a provider of virtual private network services, has shut down its Russian gateways and won’t do business in the region any longer, as it believes that some of its Russian servers were seized for not following new internet surveillance rules.

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Seagate will cut 6,500 staff despite uptick in hard disk demand

Seagate Technology will cut about 6,500 jobs worldwide, or 14 percent of its workforce, it said Monday.

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Google aims to train 2 million app developers in India

India’s large number of software developers has top smartphone like Google and Apple trying to coax them to work on their operating systems.

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Omni Hotels was hit by point-of-sale malware

Omni Hotels & Resorts has reported that point-of-sale systems at some of its properties were hit by malware targeting payment card information.