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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Uber, Ola compete to take users on motorcycle rides in India

In a bid to expand the market they address in India, Uber and arch Indian rival Ola have launched on the same day pilots of a service for booking motorcycle rides.

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U.S. slaps Qualcomm with multi-million dollar fine over China corruption allegations

Qualcomm has settled charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it hired relatives of Chinese officials who could influence the selection of its mobile technology products in a competitive market.

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Turkish citizen charged with masterminding $55M ATM fraud pleads guilty

A Turkish citizen who led an operation that hacked into the systems of credit and debit card processing companies between 2011 and 2013 has pleaded guilty in a court in New York, according to officials.

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft to join tech industry in supporting Apple in court

The tech industry is rallying behind Apple in its appeal against a court order asking it to help the FBI unlock an iPhone 5c.

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Foxconn will pay over $6 billion to buy most of Sharp

Sharp has approved an offer from Hon Hai Precision Industry and related companies to acquire over 66 percent of the company’s voting stock, making the Taiwanese contract manufacturer the new parent of the venerable Japanese firm.

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Arizona county attorney to ditch iPhones over Apple dispute with FBI

Maricopa County, Arizona, will stop offering iPhones to new staff, calling it “the official smartphone of terrorists and criminals."

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Apple supplier Pegatron charged with overworking employees

Workers at the Shanghai operation of Apple supplier Pegatron work more than the maximum 60 hours a week stipulated by the iPhone maker.

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Microsoft: Tech companies ‘whipsawed’ by conflicting laws on global data transfer

Microsoft is asking for reform of both US law and inter-government treaties.

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Apple wants government to form commission over FBI encryption demand

Apple CEO Tim Cook wants the U.S. government to set up a commission of tech, intelligence and civil liberties experts to discuss "the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms."

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Facebook aims to extend Open Compute model to telecom gear

Facebook is extending its collaborative model for developing low-cost compute and networking hardware to telecommunications gear as well, focusing on three areas — access, backhaul, and core and management.

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Comey says the FBI doesn’t want to break anyone’s encryption

FBI Director James Comey claims the agency doesn't want to break anyone’s encryption or set loose a master key to devices like the iPhone.

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Marvell, Carnegie Mellon settle patent dispute over hard drive chips

Chip company Marvell Technology Group has settled with Carnegie Mellon University to end a long-standing patent dispute over chips used in hard disk drives.

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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.