John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

Narayana Murthy

Infosys settles with US government for $34 million over visa dispute

Indian outsourcer Infosys has agreed to pay $34 million to the U.S. to resolve all allegations about the misuse of visas to get Indian staff to work in the U.S.

Tom Wheeler confirmed as new chief of US FCC

The U.S. Senate confirmed Tuesday the nomination of a new chairman to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Legal ruling

Infosys says its use of B-1 visas was for legitimate purposes

Responding to reports of an impending fine of about $35 million by the U.S. government, Indian outsourcer Infosys said its use of B-1 visas in the U.S. was for legitimate business purposes.

Leaked document: NSA spied on 35 world leaders

A document released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the National Security Agency monitored phone conversations of 35 world leaders but that the spying yielded "little reportable intelligence."

Apple wins in patent infringement trial against Wi-LAN

Apple had been accused of infringing a patent relating to CDMA and HSPA communications technologies, but a federal jury ruled in the company's favor.

ICANN starts rolling out new generic top-level domains

ICANN has introduced the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to the Internet's root zone, the central database for the Internet's Domain Name System, paving the way for possibly 1,400 new domain names from the current 22.

Breaking Bad

Court to Police: 'No, actually you need a warrant to track a car with GPS'

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant prior to using a GPS device to track a vehicle, deciding on an unaddressed issue in an earlier Supreme Court order.

Yahoo to review redacted FISA papers before release

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has allowed Yahoo's counsel to review declassified documents from a 2008 dispute over data disclosure, after the company said the public release of documents redacted by the government could lead to its role being misunderstood.

Yahoo ordered not to stall Bing rollout in Taiwan, Hong Kong

A court in New York has upheld an arbitration award requiring Yahoo not to delay the roll out of Bing services in Taiwan and Hong Kong under a 2009 agreement.

SAP reports strong revenue growth from HANA and cloud

SAP reported strong revenue growth in its HANA in-memory database and cloud businesses, but also saw revenue from software decline in the third quarter.

Spring Java springs ahead

Infosys' revenue rises, but margins are under pressure

Indian outsourcer Infosys saw profit decline even as revenue grew in the third quarter, as a result of an increase in salaries and a provision for a visa investigation in the U.S.

Legal ruling

Airbnb files motion to block New York demand for info

Airbnb said it was fighting a subpoena for information on hosts of its rental service.

India ordered to introduce 'paper trail' in electronic voting machines

India's Supreme Court has directed the country's Election Commission to introduce a paper backup of votes cast through electronic voting machines, but allowed the commission to introduce it in stages during general elections next year.

IBM begins integration of its cloud portfolio with SoftLayer

IBM has begun integrating its cloud portfolio with cloud computing infrastructure from its US$2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies, starting with its social learning platform targeted at a variety of industries.

Cybersecurity

Government shutdown may delay release of Yahoo's disputed FISA court docs

The declassification and release of documents in a case that Yahoo believes will prove it resisted government demands for data collection will likely be delayed after the government said its staff cannot work on it during the shutdown of the U.S. government.