John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

PCWorld News

Target customers' card data said to be at risk after store thefts

The information may have been stolen through card devices at Target stores, according to reports

LG Chromebase all-in-one

LG embraces Chrome OS, announces all-in-one Chromebase desktop

The South Korean company said it was unveiling an all-in-one computer running Chrome OS at the International CES show

patent

Court upholds Motorola import ban in dispute with Microsoft

Motorola Mobility had argued that a Microsoft patent was invalid to avoid an ITC ban

U.S. NSA debates amnesty for Edward Snowden

The NSA is worried about the unknown amount of information Snowden may have collected from NSA computers

mobile privacy

Ban carriers from sharing phone records, privacy groups ask FCC

The phone records provided to the government are not really anonymous, the groups said in a petition to the FCC

Nokia cleared to sell Indian factory to Microsoft

Nokia's fixed assets in India had been frozen because of a tax dispute

servers, data center

Google opens data centers in Taiwan and Singapore to handle Asian traffic

Plans for a third Asian data center, in Hong Kong, were reportedly dropped

Cybersecurity

Secret TPP intellectual property agreement misses deadline

The U.S. claimed "substantial progress" amid reports of disputes among countries

patent

Rambus, Micron settle patent, antitrust disputes

Rambus will get $280 million from a broad cross-licensing agreement

Tech companies ask governments to reform surveillance practices

Eight companies, from Apple to Yahoo, want world governments to revisit their surveillance laws.

PayPal DDoS attackers plead guilty, some may walk free

The plea deal struck by Anonymous members charged with a distributed denial-of-service attack on PayPal could allow some of them to go free.

Microsoft to encrypt services, notify customers of gov't data requests

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The company is encrypting information traveling on its services, which will be completed by end 2014.

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NSA is said to collect cellphone location data across the world

Privacy advocates say location data can reveal a lot about a person's activities

File-sharing site Hotfile agrees to pay $80 million in damages

Hotfile was sued in 2011 by five studios for allegedly promoting and benefiting from copyright infringement

Yahoo acquires mobile video app startup Ptch

The Ptch service will be shut down by Jan. 2