John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

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

pcworld.com

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

PCWorld News

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

Apple seeks to bar key Samsung executives from licensing negotiations

As a sanction for leaking confidential information, Apple also wants Samsung to be prevented from bringing an injunction in another case.

Wisconsin man sentenced for participating in Anonymous DDoS

Eric J. Rosol was charged with participating in a DDoS attack for about a minute.

Amazon's proposed drones will deliver packages in 30 minutes or less

Amazon plans to use aerial drones to deliver packages via a new Prime Air service

Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com said Sunday the company plans to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less to customers by using unmanned aerial vehicles, perhaps as early as 2015.

on techhive.com

patent

Apple sued for patent infringement by DSS

DSS Technology alleges that Apple infringed on two patents covering the use of wireless peripheral devices that DSS recently acquired.

patent

Ericsson under investigation by India's antitrust agency over standard patents

The company was charged by Micromax with demanding high royalty rates for its patents.

privacy

UN panel passes draft resolution on privacy threats in the digital age

A response to NSA surveillance, the UN panel's resolution aims to protect human rights, including the right to privacy, in a digital age.