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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A clue to how much more Uber would have to pay drivers as its employees

A proposed settlement between Uber Technologies and drivers in California and Massachusetts may have saved the company over $600 million in payouts to drivers on work-related expenses.

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Twitter blocks access to analytics around its data for US intelligence agencies

Twitter has blocked Dataminr from offering analytics around real-time tweets from the social networking site to U.S. intelligence agencies, according to a newspaper report.

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Google, Honeywell resolve patent dispute over Nest thermostats

Google and Honeywell have signed a patent cross-license agreement that resolves a long-standing patent dispute over thermostats made by Nest Labs, the home automation startup the Internet giant acquired.

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US trade body investigates seven smartphone companies

A U.S. trade body has launched an investigation into seven smartphone companies on charges of patent infringement, which could lead to a ban on the sale of certain phones imported and sold by these vendors in the country.

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Maps of Google and other services could require security clearance in India

New rules proposed by the Indian government would require companies like Google and other mapping services to submit their maps for security clearance before distributing them online or offline.

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FAA setting up advisory panel on drones led by Intel CEO

The Federal Aviation Administration is setting up an advisory committee, led by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, to guide it on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace.

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Google, Fiat Chrysler team up to build self-driving minivans

Alphabet's Google Self-Driving Car Project has teamed with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to work directly for the first time with an automaker on developing autonomous vehicles.

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China’s booming middle class bodes well for Apple, says Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook still sees great potential in the Chinese market despite a drop in its revenue from the country in the first quarter.

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Uber faces more lawsuits for classifying drivers as contractors

Uber Technologies faces more class-action lawsuits from drivers seeking reclassification as employees, even as its settlement in two other suits with drivers in California and Massachusetts has been submitted to a judge for approval.

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Qatar National Bank claims customer data released by hackers is authentic

Qatar National Bank has admitted that its systems were hacked but said that the information released online was a combination of data picked up from the attack and from other sources such as social media.

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Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI computer search powers

The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to a rule to give judges the authority to issue warrants to remotely search computers whose locations are concealed using technology.

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Rovi to acquire TiVo for $1.1 billion

Online entertainment listings company Rovi plans to acquire digital video recording firm TiVo for US$1.1 billion in a stock and cash deal, the companies said Friday.

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Smartphone shipments dip as iPhone ‘fatigue’ sets in and China reaches saturation

The global smartphone market saw its first year-on-year decline in the first quarter, with both Samsung Electronics and Apple shipping fewer phones, according to a research firm.

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India makes it compulsory for phones to have 'panic buttons'

India has mandated that starting next year mobile phones in the country should have buttons that can be quickly used by women to alert police and close relatives if they are in distress.

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Google’s EU antitrust problems could get compounded by Getty Images' complaint

Getty Images, a long-time critic of Google’s image search functionality, plans on Wednesday to file a competition law complaint against the search giant with the European Commission.