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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White House: FBI is not asking Apple for a 'backdoor' to the iPhone

The White House said it is not the aim of the government to compromise the security of Apple's iPhone, as it only wants the company to help in the case of one phone that was used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino, California, attack on Dec. 2.

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Startup launches a $4 smartphone for the masses, in India

An Indian startup Ringing Bells has aroused curiosity by promising to launch a 251 rupees (US$4) smartphone, in the latest bid to take communications to the country's masses.

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Tim Cook: Apple will fight 'chilling' court order to 'hack our own users'

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has reacted sharply to a federal court order that would require the company to help the FBI search the contents of an iPhone 5c seized from Syed Rizwan Farook.

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Apple opposes judge's order to unlock iPhone used by San Bernardino attacker

The FBI said it was unable to access password-coded encrypted content on the iPhone 5c.

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Apple sharpens focus on India with new maps development center

Apple is setting up a development center in India, a move that is seen to reflect the company's growing focus on the local market.

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IBM unveils z13s mainframe focused on security and hybrid clouds

IBM has unveiled its new z13s mainframe, which it claims offers encryption at twice the speed as previous mid-range systems, without compromising performance

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Apple wants court to rule if it can be forced to unlock an iPhone

Apple has requested a court in New York to rule finally whether it can be compelled to assist investigators to get around the passcode of an iPhone 5s belonging to a defendant in a criminal case.

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Apple's iPhone sued for infringing touch feedback patents

Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches

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Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India after regulatory debacle

Facebook has withdrawn Free Basics from India, two days after the country's telecommunications regulator prohibited the differential pricing of data depending on the content or application that is being accessed.

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US regulator: Google's self-driving car AI could qualify as a driver

The U.S. federal transport safety regulator is coming around to the view that rules could be updated so that computers in autonomous cars can be considered as drivers, but added that the rule-making could take some time.

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Opera gets acquisition offer from Chinese consortium that includes Qihoo

Browser company Opera Software has received an acquisition offer for about US$1.2 billion from a Chinese consortium consisting of Internet companies Beijing Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360 Software.

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Facebook faces restrictions in France on data transfer to US, tracking of users

The French data protection authority has ordered Facebook to stop some transfers of personal data of its users to the U.S. and to change the way it handles the data of users and non-users visiting its website.

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Facebook's Free Basics prohibited in India

Facebook's Free Basics service has been dealt a severe blow by India's telecommunications regulator, which ruled on Monday that telecom service providers are prohibited from charging differently for data depending on the content or the application that the user is accessing.

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UN panel backs WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, but he may not go free

A UN panel has ruled that the time Julian Assange has spent cooped up in the London embassy of the Ecuador government amounts to arbitrary detention by the U.K. and Sweden, but it is unlikely that the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing website will walk away free soon.

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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will 'accept arrest' if UN panel rules against him

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will accept arrest by the British police if a UN panel on arbitrary detention rules against him, according to a tweet by the whistle-blowing website.