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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U.S. NSA granted extension to collect bulk phone data

The FISC court granted the extension pending new legislation blocking bulk collection

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Google acquires video ads company mDialog

In a separate development, Google said the team at wireless company Alpental Technologies had joined it

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Twitter unblocks controversial content in Pakistan after review

The company had blocked the content in May at the request of the telecom regulator

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Apple settles e-book antitrust dispute with U.S. states, consumer group

Payments under the settlement agreement will depend on the outcome of Apple's appeal of a New York court's order.

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Bing gets a performance boost from reconfigurable chips

In a project called Catapult, Microsoft is using field-programmable chips to speed up certain tasks

AT&T backs Microsoft's dispute over U.S. warrant for emails stored overseas

Verizon Communications had earlier filed in support of the challenge, stating that its cloud business could be affected

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Former SAP tech chief Sikka to head Indian outsourcer Infosys

Sikka takes over at a time when Infosys has seen the exodus of key executives

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Microsoft challenges U.S. warrant demanding emails stored overseas

The emails are held in a server in Dublin, Ireland

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Netflix won't budge in dispute with Verizon over video quality

Verizon sent the video streaming company a cease-and-desist notice after messages to customers blamed its network

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Verizon threatens to sue Netflix in war of words over video quality

Verizon objects to a Netflix message that blames the ISP for video streaming issues.

Microsoft demands NSA reform on anniversary of Snowden's revelations

Microsoft joins Cisco and other companies that have objected to a delay in NSA reform

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FAA may let movie makers film with drones

Seven aerial photo and video production companies have filed for permission to use drones

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Samsung introduces Tizen smartphone, with a Tizen TV next year

The Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference this week in San Francisco.

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Google starts accepting 'right to be forgotten' requests in Europe

The company set up a page where people can submit their requests

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Google concedes in diversity data that employees mainly male and white

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has requested tech companies to reveal the data