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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US company's China employee allegedly stole code to help local government

The U.S. has charged a Chinese national, Xu Jiaqiang, with economic espionage and theft of the source code of a clustered file system belonging to his former U.S. employer, which he is alleged to have stolen for his own benefit and that of the National Health and Family Planning Commission in China.

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Facebook activates ‘Safety Check’ after Orlando massacre

Facebook activated its ‘Safety Check’ tool after the killings at an Orlando nightclub on Sunday, making it the first time the service was used in the U.S.

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Symantec to acquire Blue Coat for $4.65 billion

Security company Symantec is to acquire Web security provider Blue Coat for US$4.65 billion in cash in a deal that will broaden the portfolio of security technologies the combined company can offer customers.

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Twitter locks some accounts after passwords exposed

Twitter said it had locked and called for a password reset of some accounts after an unconfirmed claim of a leak of nearly 33 million usernames and passwords to the social network.

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New Mozilla fund will pay for security audits of open-source code

A new Mozilla fund, called Secure Open Source, aims to provide security audits of open-source code, following the discovery of key security bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock in key pieces of the software.

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Transfer by US of Internet oversight could face new hurdles

U.S. plans to transfer the oversight of key technical Internet functions to an international multi-stakeholder model have run into hurdles, with two bills introduced on Wednesday that would require the government to first take the approval of Congress for the transition.

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Amazon to invest $3 billion more in India's booming online market

Amazon.com is to invest US$3 billion in India, in addition to a $2 billion investment the online retailer announced in 2014.

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Yahoo to sell patents relating to search, advertising and the cloud

Yahoo is selling over 3,000 patents and pending applications that the pioneering Internet company believes could be the most foundational patents related to Web search and advertising.

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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, rights groups oppose FBI expansion of surveillance powers

Google, Facebook and Yahoo and industry and civil rights groups have opposed legislation that would extend the categories of Internet records that the U.S. government can collect without court approval through administrative subpoenas known as National Security Letters.

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Verizon to bid $3B for Yahoo’s core Internet business

Verizon Communications will be bidding US$3 billion for the Internet assets of ailing Yahoo, according to a newspaper report.

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New rules would make CEO Mark Zuckerberg lose control of Facebook if he quits

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would lose majority voting control of the social networking company if he quits the company or his services are terminated, according to new rules proposed by the board.

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Server market slumps after seven quarters of growth

The server market saw a year-on-year revenue slump of 3.6 percent in the first quarter to US$12.4 billion, after a winning streak of seven quarters of growth, IDC said Wednesday.

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Oracle employee says she was sacked for refusing to fiddle cloud accounts

A senior finance manager in Oracle’s cloud business has complained to a federal court that she was terminated from her job because she threatened to blow the whistle on accounting principles that she considered to be unlawful.

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Xiaomi acquires patents from Microsoft ahead of plans to enter U.S. market

Microsoft has agreed to transfer some patents to Xiaomi, ahead of plans by the Chinese smartphone maker to enter the U.S. and other advanced markets.

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Indian minister holds out hope for Apple stores

Apple may still get to set up wholly-owned stores in India, with the country’s Commerce Ministry promising to take up the matter with the Finance Ministry that had objected to the proposal.