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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Google tells court new Android versions with OpenJDK released last month

Google has released on Dec. 24 new versions of its Android platform that are licensed for use under a free, open source license provided by Oracle as part of its OpenJDK project, according to its filing in a federal court in California.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coming to Ford cars

Ford to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Sync 3

Ford is increasing the number of smartphone functions that can be controlled from car interfaces by adding support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and introducing more apps for its Sync in-vehicle connectivity system.

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Check your credit card bills: Hyatt Hotels payment systems compromised by malware

Hyatt Hotels has asked customers to review their payment card account statements closely after it detected malware on the computers that run payment-processing systems at locations it manages.

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FAA takes drone registration offline for maintenance ahead of surge in demand

The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily suspended the registration of small drones during overnight hours, citing reports of site performance issues it received from a few users.

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Court rules that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S.

A district court in New Zealand has ruled that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S. to face copyright infringement and other charges.

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Megaupload mastermind Kim Dotcom's U.S. extradition to be decided on Wednesday

A decision on a request by the U.S. government for the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is scheduled for Wednesday in a court in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Tim Cook: There's no trade-off between security and privacy

In a strong defense of encryption, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said that there was no trade-off between privacy and national security when it comes to encryption.

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Walmart's rolling out its own QR code-base mobile payment system in stores

Walmart is rolling out in its stores its own smartphone-based payment system that uses QR code technology rather than the NFC tech used by Apple and Google.

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Baidu tests autonomous car, emerging as potential rival to Google and others

Baidu has indicated that it could be a serious competitor in the market for self-driving cars by testing a fully autonomous car on a route it said had mixed roads under a variety of environmental conditions.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg ordered to testify over Oculus purchase

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been ordered to depose in an intellectual property dispute between Oculus and ZeniMax Media as he has "unique knowledge" of his decision to buy and his valuation of the wearable virtual reality technology company.

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Legislation requiring tech industry to report terrorist activity may be revived

Legislation requiring tech companies to report on terrorist activity on their platforms is likely to be revived, following concerns about the widespread use of Internet communications by terrorists.

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Obama wants tech firms to help fight terrorism

U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking the help of tech companies to help combat terrorism, which he described as entering a new phase of terror threats.

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Samsung agrees to pay Apple $548 million in damages—with conditions

Samsung Electronics has agreed to pay Apple US$548 million in damages in a patent infringement lawsuit in California, which will be the first shot at compensation Apple will get in the dispute that has dragged on for several years with many twists and turns.

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New legislation aims at stalling NSA reform

A new bill introduced in the Senate aims to let the U.S. National Security Agency hold on and query for five years phone records collected by the agency, while also making permanent some anti-terrorist provisions that have been criticized by civil rights groups.

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Facebook will block Belgians without accounts from access to its content

Facebook has outlined its plans to follow an order in Belgium requiring it not to track people who do not have accounts on the social networking website.