John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

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.

Japan's NTT DoCoMo is a new convert to the iPhone

Japan's largest mobile carrier had previously resisted offering the iPhone despite competition from Japanese carriers like SoftBank, but now it's offering the iPhone 5c and 5s.


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Google loses appeal in Street View privacy lawsuit

Google tried to argue that it was exempt from federal wiretap laws with its data collection from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, but so far, the courts haven't agreed.

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PayPal to offer phone attachment for hands-free smartphone payments

In its bid to boost its acceptance in physical retail stores, PayPal has introduced technology that will enable people running its app on smartphones to automatically check in at stores and restaurants.

Poland joins anti-corruption probe against HP

The Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau and U.S. agencies are investigating potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by an employee of an indirect subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard in Poland, the company said in a filing Monday.

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Even Nissan is developing a smartwatch now

Nissan is working on a smartwatch that will monitor both its Nismo cars and their drivers.

Facebook updated privacy policy likely next week

Facebook has closed the notice and comments period on the proposed changes to its privacy policy, and expects to decide by next week whether it needs to further update the policy in the wake of user feedback.

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Privacy groups ask FTC to oppose Facebook's policy changes

Six privacy groups want the Federal Trade Commission to strike down proposed changes to Facebook's policies, arguing that they violate a 2011 settlement with the agency over user privacy.

Microsoft wins jury trial in patent dispute with Motorola

A Seattle jury ruled in favor of Microsoft in a long-running patent dispute with Motorola over the h.264 video compression standard.

Lookout security coming to Samsung Knox smartphones

Lookout wants to build and offer security products for businesses and enterprises. It's getting its chance by bundling its mobile security software onto Samsung's Knox smartphones.

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Microsoft drops top Masters certification for tech pros

Microsoft announced it will retire its Masters level certification exams by October 1, prompting strong protests on blogs and community forums from IT professionals.

Indian bureaucrats may be asked not to use private email services for official work

The Indian government is expected to require that Indian bureaucrats use email service provided by the National Informatics Center for their official work, as it tries to secure its communications infrastructure.

U.S. to release annual figures on spying orders and people affected

The U.S. government has decided to release data annually on its secret spy orders and the number of people affected by them, the country's intelligence chief said Thursday.

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Samsung starts mass production of DDR4 memories

Samsung Electronics has started mass producing DDR4 memories that it expects will go into enterprise servers in next-generation data centers.


US court finds file-hosting service Hotfile incentivized users to upload copyrighted movies

A U.S. federal court has found file-hosting website Hotfile liable for copyright infringement, according to movie industry body Motion Picture Association of America.