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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Court tosses out Oracle's bid to disqualify expert in Java case

A court in San Francisco has declined Oracle's bid to disqualify an expert in its copyright dispute with Google over the use of Java code in the Android mobile operating system.

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Tech shuttle drivers in Silicon Valley negotiate wage hike

Shuttle drivers for some key Silicon Valley companies will have their first paid holiday on Thanksgiving this week, under new terms negotiated by a workers' union.

Reddit will honor 'Do Not Track' requests from visitors

Reddit has decided to honor 'Do Not Track,' a feature that will ensure that it does not download third-party analytics on to browsers that enable the option.

FTC allows selfies to verify parental consent for kids using online services

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, after a long debate, has allowed the use of a new method involving phone or webcam photographs of parents to verify that the person providing consent for a child to use an online service is in fact the child’s parent.

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Square IPO priced at $9, seen as test of whether tech startups are still hot

Payments processor Square has priced its initial public offering at a level far lower than earlier indicated, even as analysts are looking at the company's debut on the stock exchange Thursday as a test of how public markets will evaluate new, high-flying startups some of whom have seen valuations of over US$1 billion.

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In wake of Paris attacks, legislation aims to extend NSA program

A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation that would delay the end of the bulk collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency to Jan. 31, 2017, in the wake of renewed security concerns after the terror attacks last Friday in Paris.

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Qualcomm faces antitrust probe in South Korea

Qualcomm confirmed Tuesday it is under antitrust investigation in South Korea in connection with its licensing practices.

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Citrix spinning off GoTo collaboration business, laying off 1,000 people

Citrix Systems has decided to spin off its GoTo collaboration products business into a new company, to focus on its core business in the secure delivery of apps and data.

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Facebook to widen use of Safety Check tool after Paris attacks

Facebook's Safety Check tool to help users alert friends about their safety was activated for the first time after a terror attack in Paris over the weekend, with a large number of users reporting they had benefited from it.

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Apple's dropping Beats Music at the end of the month

Apple has pulled the plug on Beats Music, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.

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LG's new Watch Urbane LTE makes calls even if you leave your phone behind

Google has brought cellular connectivity between mobile phones and smartwatches running Android Wear, making it possible to make and pick up calls even when your phone is at home.

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On-demand app companies propose new model for worker benefits

Companies offering services through apps, venture capitalists and worker advocates are proposing a new model for worker benefits that will be "portable" across the number of jobs they do in the new on-demand economy.

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Microsoft sets up data centers in Germany amid US surveillance concerns

Microsoft is delivering its cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new datacenters regions in Germany, in a move that aims to deflect customer concerns about access to their data by U.S. surveillance.

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Hack to cost UK's TalkTalk up to $53 million

TalkTalk Telecom Group in the U.K. expects the financial impact of a recent cyber attack to be up to £35 million (US$53 million) but said the people affected may have been far less than had been earlier expected.

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Facebook to appeal Belgian court ban on tracking of people that aren't logged in

Facebook plans to appeal an order by a court in Belgium that banned it from tracking people who are not signed on to the social networking website.