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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Microsoft sets up data centers in Germany amid US surveillance concerns

Microsoft is delivering its cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new datacenters regions in Germany, in a move that aims to deflect customer concerns about access to their data by U.S. surveillance.

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Hack to cost UK's TalkTalk up to $53 million

TalkTalk Telecom Group in the U.K. expects the financial impact of a recent cyber attack to be up to £35 million (US$53 million) but said the people affected may have been far less than had been earlier expected.

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Facebook to appeal Belgian court ban on tracking of people that aren't logged in

Facebook plans to appeal an order by a court in Belgium that banned it from tracking people who are not signed on to the social networking website.

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Apple employee class-action lawsuit over bag checks dismissed

Apple has won in a class-action lawsuit brought by employees at its California stores, who claimed that they should be compensated for time spent during bag checks for pilferage at the time of their exit.

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EMC, hospital to pay $90,000 over stolen laptop with medical data

EMC and Hartford Hospital have agreed to pay US$90,000 to Connecticut in connection with the loss in 2012 of an unencrypted laptop containing patient information of 8,883 residents of the state, according to the state's attorney general.

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Microsoft follows Firefox in considering early ban on SHA-1 website certificates

Microsoft is considering advancing the blocking of the SHA-1 hashing algorithm on Windows to as early as June next year, taking a cue from a similar decision by the Mozilla Foundation

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San Francisco votes against measures to restrict Airbnb

Airbnb and the so-called "sharing economy" got a shot in the arm as early results on Tuesday suggested that the voters in San Francisco had shot down a measure that would place restrictions on the operation of short-term vacation rental businesses.


Amazon to open brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle

Considered the bane of many brick-and-mortar bookshops, is ironically entering the business in a small way with a physical bookstore it is opening in Seattle on Tuesday.

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Legislation aims to ban use of stingrays without warrants

New legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to prohibit federal, state and local government agencies from using without a warrant so-called stingrays or cell-site simulators often used to intercept mobile communications.

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Government pressure for Apple to bypass iPhone encryption reduced as owner enters guilty plea

Jun Feng, a defendant in a criminal case, has entered a guilty plea, removing pressure on a New York court to decide quickly whether Apple is required to aid investigators by bypassing his iPhone 5s passcode.

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Nintendo's first mobile game delayed to March, won't have Mario

Nintendo will roll out its first smartphone game in March rather than this year as originally planned, delaying the company's plans to cash in on the growing market for games on smartphones.

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Alphabet's Project Loon balloons to deliver Internet to Indonesia's islands

Alphabet has signed up with Indonesian telecom operators to test the delivery of Internet services through its Project Loon


Amazon Prime Now delivery drivers sue over classification as contractors has been sued by delivery drivers in a proposed class-action suit that alleges that the company misclassifies its workers as contractors rather than as employees with full benefits

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U.S. Senate to battle Tuesday over controversial CISA cybersecurity bill

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider early Tuesday the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, a controversial bill that is intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with the government by providing them immunity from customer lawsuits.

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OpenStack tool helps new users find relevant cloud projects

OpenStack Foundation, the backer of an open source project for software to build cloud services, has launched Project Navigator, a Web tool to make it easier for new users to choose from the over 25 cloud-related services and projects offered under its aegis.