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

Subscription apps come to Microsoft's Office Store

Microsoft is adding subscription pricing for apps in its Office Store, besides opening eight new store fronts.

Yahoo concerned that release of redacted FISA papers may mislead

Yahoo has asked that it be allowed to review declassified documents of a secret court about a dispute over data collection between the Internet company and the government, as the release of the redacted documents could mislead the public.

India puts Nokia assets on ice in tax tussle

The Indian government has stepped up its squabble with Nokia over taxes and has frozen some of its assets in the country until the issue is resolved.

Intel to acquire network security firm Sensory Networks

Intel has signed a deal to acquire Sensory Networks, a provider of software pattern matching technology for network security applications.

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Apple ends Coca-Cola's reign as the world's most valuable brand

Apple has emerged as the most valuable brand in the world, passing Coca-Cola which held the top position for 13 years, according to a report released by brand consultancy Interbrand.

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NSA admits employees spied on husbands, boyfriends, and girlfriends

Employees of the U.S. National Security Agency spied on "unfaithful" husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends using surveillance technology of the agency, according to a letter from the NSA to a U.S. Senator.

Multifactor authentication available on Windows Azure

Microsoft has announced the general availability of multifactor authentication on its Windows Azure cloud platform.

New U.S. bill aims to halt NSA's bulk data collection

A bipartisan group of four U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation that will prohibit bulk collection of phone records of Americans.

Stanford researchers develop first computer using only carbon nanotube transistors

Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated the first functional computer built using only carbon nanotube transistors, according to an article published Wednesday on the cover of scientific journal Nature.

Indian biometric ID project faces court hurdle

A controversial biometric project in India, which could require people to produce their biometric IDs to collect government subsidies, has received a significant setback from the country's Supreme Court.

U.S. FDA will only regulate medical apps that could be dangerous

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration intends to regulate only mobile apps that are medical devices and could pose a risk to a patient's safety if they do not function as intended.

Leak shutters plans to roll out BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android this week

BlackBerry's messenger app for Android and iPhone will not roll out this week as the company struggles to block an unreleased version of the Android app that affected its system.

LinkedIn denies harvesting user email accounts without permission

A lawsuit by four users claims that LinkedIn hacks into their external email accounts and downloads addresses for monetary gain. LinkedIn denied those allegations over the weekend.

Ray Dolby died at age 80 on Thursday

Sound technology pioneer Ray Dolby dies

Ray Dolby, an American inventor known for leading work in the area of noise reduction and surround sound, died Thursday at the age of 80 at his home in San Francisco.

Zynga settles with employee over alleged theft of game secrets

Zynga said it had settled a lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets by a former employee, with the employee also issuing an apology.