John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for the IDG News Service.

Regin and the continuing saga of the surveillance state

Pakistan cybercrime law scares by its vagueness

Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a cybercrime bill that provides for censorship of the internet and could also be misused by the vagueness of some of its definitions.

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Twitter is not liable for ISIS activity on its service, judge rules

Twitter is not liable for providing material support to ISIS by allowing its members to sign up and use accounts on its site, a federal judge in California ruled Wednesday.

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Ecuador says Swedes will question Assange at its UK embassy

Ecuador has granted a request from Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London, where he has been holed up for over four years.

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Oracle says it didn’t ask employee to cook cloud accounts

Oracle has denied in a California federal court charges leveled by a former manager that she was sacked after she refused to cook accounts in the company’s cloud business and threatened to blow the whistle on the accounting practices.

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White House software code sharing policy gains steam

The White House has released its Federal Source Code policy that promotes reuse of new source code developed by government agencies across the federal government.

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Bitfinex exchange takes 36 percent of all users' Bitcoins after $63 million hack

Bitfinex, the digital currency exchange in Hong Kong that reported a bitcoin theft last week, has decided to shave a little over 36 percent from its customers' accounts and assets to make up for losses from the compromise.

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Delta Air Lines flights delayed by widespread computer outage

Delta said Monday morning that its flights awaiting departure were delayed because of a computer outage.

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Apple losing smartphone share in India despite big efforts

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has described India as one of the company's fastest growing markets and has proposed to the government a program to offer refurbished phones in the country as a way to get around the high prices of its devices in a price-sensitive market.

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Amazon gets its own branded air cargo plane with 39 more to follow

Holding out the promise of quicker deliveries to its customers, Amazon.com on Thursday unveiled Amazon One, the company’s first air cargo plane.

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Banner Health alerts 3.7M potential victims of hack of its computers

Banner Health, a provider of hospital services, has notified by mail 3.7 million people -- including patients, health plan members, healthcare providers and customers at its food and beverage outlets -- that their payment card and health plan data, among other information, may have been compromised.

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Pokémon Go developer sued over Pokémon placed on private property

A lawsuit in a federal court raises the ticklish issue of whether a company can be hauled to court because its augmented reality game places coveted fantasy creatures and in-game benefits in private property without permission.

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Uber China gives up fight, will merge with local player, Didi Chuxing

Uber Technologies has decided to cooperate rather than compete in China, with the ride-hailing app company set to announce a merger of its local operation with arch-rival Didi Chuxing, the largest ride-hailing company in the country.

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Uber is investing $500M in alternative to current maps like Google's

Uber wants more information from mapping technologies, including more data on traffic patterns and precise pickup and dropoff locations.

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WikiLeaks' methods questioned by whistleblower Edward Snowden

Former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, has censured WikiLeaks’ release of information without proper curation.

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Sony does well in games but smartphone business shrinks

An increase in games revenue helped Sony counter to an extent shrinking business in smartphones and the impact of earthquakes in Japan's Kumamoto region on production of the camera sensors that the company supplies to Apple and other smartphone vendors.