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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FAA expected to announce rules for commercial drones this week

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce this week rules for the commercial use of drones, but the new regulations will limit their flights to daytime and to within the line of sight of operators.

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Surveillance reform measure blocked in the wake of Orlando killings

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down an anti-surveillance amendment after some of its members expressed concern about its impact on the fight against terrorism, in the wake of Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.

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Samsung buys Joyent to build a cloud of its own

Samsung Electronics is acquiring U.S. cloud services company Joyent as it builds its services business around mobile phones and the Internet of Things.

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Facebook, Google, and Twitter sued by father of Paris terror victim

The use of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube by terrorist groups for propaganda, recruitment, fundraising and other activities has come into sharp focus recently. It seemed inevitable that these companies would at some point be blamed for the misuse of these forums and become targets of lawsuits from families of victims.

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Safari 10 will turn off Flash by default when it ships with macOS Sierra

Apple is driving another nail in the coffin of Adobe Flash by no longer telling websites that offer both Flash and HTML5 that the plug-in is installed on users' Macs.

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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.