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

Kirobo

Japan sends talking robot into space as part of program to help lonely people

Kirobo, a talking robot that also recognizes faces, was launched Sunday on a cargo transfer vehicle and will reach the International Space Station in six days.

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Google shuts down music search service in India

Google has shut down a specialized free music search service in India that it started in 2010 to link users to legal music streams on partners' sites.

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Sony stays in profit, revenue grows from strong smartphone sales

Sony reported a modest profit in its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, continuing a turnaround that started in the last fiscal year.

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US appeals court: Nah, police don't need a warrant to access your phone location data

Warrants are not required by the U.S. government to access historical cell site information, an appeals court ruled in an order.

NEC

NEC ends smartphone development, will make no new models

NEC will introduce no new smartphones, and will make current models only to order, as it struggles to find the economies of scale required to compete in the market.

SoftBank's net profit more than doubles as number of mobile subscribers soars

SoftBank's net sales increased by over 21 percent in the second quarter as the company saw handset sales and subscriber numbers increase.

US patent office rejects claims of Apple 'pinch to zoom' patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected claims of an Apple patent that figures prominently in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, according to documents filed by the South Korean company in a U.S. federal court.

Wipro sees growing demand from outsourcing clients

Indian outsourcer Wipro grew revenue and profits in the second quarter, citing improved demand.

Amazon Web Services files complaint in court over CIA contract

Amazon Web Services has filed a complaint in a U.S. court after the Government Accountability Office sustained in part a protest by IBM against the award of a contract by the CIA for a cloud computing project.

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Rep proposes amendment to curb NSA spying, White House is not on board

The White House is opposed to an amendment to a defense spending bill that would limit spending on mass surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The Net wins: Sue-happy holder of "Interactive Web" patent loses court battle

Patent firm Eolas Technologies lost an appeal against Google, J.C. Penney, Yahoo and Amazon.com in a long-drawn lawsuit involving key Web patents.

US court renews permission to NSA to collect phone metadata

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has renewed permission to the U.S. government for a controversial program to collect telephone metadata in bulk.

Legal ruling

New Jersey Supreme Court rules warrants needed for phone tracking

Cellphone users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their cellphone location information, and police must obtain a search warrant before accessing that information, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled Thursday.

SAP posts growth but lowers outlook in main software business

SAP reported revenue growth in the second quarter driven by growth in cloud subscriptions and revenue from support and its HANA in-memory database.

Blimey! UK okays driverless car tests on road this year

Self-driving cars will be tested on road in the U.K. by the end of this year, but will have drivers present in the cars, according to a report from the Department for Transport.

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