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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China passes controversial cybersecurity law

China has passed a new cybersecurity law that gives it greater control over the internet, including by requiring local storage of certain data

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FBI sticks to earlier view not to charge Clinton over email server

FBI Director James Comey said new emails found had not changed the agency's July decision not to recommend charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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US government's Code.gov software sharing website launched

Code.gov, a U.S. government website for promoting the sharing of custom-developed software code, was launched Thursday with listings of nearly 50 open-source projects from various government agencies.

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Uber faces lawsuit from courier claiming employee status

Taking a cue from Uber drivers, a ‘foot and bike’ courier has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing company and a subsidiary, demanding minimum wages, and reimbursement of tools-of-the-trade expenses and gratuities as would be typically provided to regular employees.

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Race issues emerge as a challenge for tech companies like Uber, Facebook

Lawmakers on Tuesday objected to a Facebook feature that allows advertisers to target housing ads to exclude certain racial and ethnic groups from promotions and marketing.

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CenturyLink will acquire Level 3 Communications in $34B deal

CenturyLink is to acquire Level 3 Communications in a cash and stock deal that aims to consolidate the networks and customers of the two companies.

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'Celebgate' hacker sentenced 18 months for stealing nude photos

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on charges of hacking the Google and Apple email accounts of over 100 people including celebrities, and getting access to nude videos and photographs of some people.

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Personal data of 550,000 Red Cross blood donors breached

The Australian Red Cross said its blood donor service has found that registration information of 550,000 donors had been compromised, which the agency blamed on human error by a third-party contractor.

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Samsung's smartphone share hit by Note7 debacle, stiff competition

Samsung Electronics continued on top of the smartphone market in the third quarter but was battered by the impact of the Note7 recall and increased competition in India, China and the U.S., according to Strategy Analytics.

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Oracle takes Java copyright dispute with Google to appeals court

Oracle has taken its bid for up to US$9 billion in damages to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after a judge in a federal court in California recently struck down its bid for a retrial in a copyright infringement suit against Google over the use of Java code in the Android operating system.

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Google Fiber halts expansion plans to review strategy

In a dramatic change in strategy, Google Fiber has paused plans to roll out fiber optic cables across a number of U.S. cities, as the company reevaluates its strategy to presumably use mainly wireless to provide high-speed Internet service.

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US transport agency guidance on vehicle cybersecurity irks lawmakers

Guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity has attracted criticism from lawmakers who said that mandatory security standards were required.

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Twitter said to plan 300 more job cuts this week

Twitter may trim its staff again by about 300 people or 8 percent of its workforce, as the company tries to cut costs in trying times.

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$85 billion AT&T, Time Warner deal under scrutiny from politicians, consumer groups

The plan by AT&T to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion has come under the microscope of U.S. politicians and public interest groups that are concerned about the antitrust implications of the mega-deal.

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WikiLeaks says it doesn’t collaborate with states

WikiLeaks claims to have many thousands of sources but does not collaborate with states in the publication of documents, its editorial board said Sunday.