John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

Judge considers sanctions against Samsung, lawyers in dispute with Apple

California court may penalize Samsung for leaks.

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DOJ cracks down on new Silk Road, arrests arms vendor

Authorities arrest one person for alleged illegal weapons sales on the "Black Market Reloaded."

Silk Road drug marketplace rises from the grave after legal smackdown

The Silk Road online marketplace has resurfaced.

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EMC sues startup for stealing trade secrets through staff hires

EMC has sued Pure Storage for allegedly colluding with some of the storage giant's former employees to misappropriate and bring to the startup confidential EMC information and trade secrets, including lists and notes on current and potential customers.

Windows Azure users can use hard drives to import and export data

Microsoft offers Azure customers ability to transfer their data offline to and from Azure storage accounts using hard disk drives.

Google introduces Helpouts to connect experts with advice-seekers via video

Google has launched a new tool that connects people with experts over live interactive video for free or paid advice, while adding a revenue stream for the company in the form of transaction fees from providers.

Linux 4.0 may have only bug fixes, no new features

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has proposed that Linux 4.0 should be dedicated to stability and bug fixing.

Tech industry calls for 'oversight and accountability' of NSA surveillance

Internet companies in the U.S. are demanding that the surveillance practices of the U.S. should be reformed to enhance privacy protections and provide "appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms."

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Google, Samsung and others sued by acquirer of Nortel patents Rockstar

The Rockstar Consortium that acquired Nortel Networks' patents filed Thursday patent infringement suits against Google, Samsung, HTC and five other companies.

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia cleared in India

Microsoft is looking for regulatory clearance in many countries for its Nokia purchase. It got the go-ahead in India.

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Sony slips into loss despite pick up in smartphone sales

Sony's smartphone business may be doing well, but the electronics giant lost $196 million during its second fiscal quarter.

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Infosys settles with US government for $34 million over visa dispute

Indian outsourcer Infosys has agreed to pay $34 million to the U.S. to resolve all allegations about the misuse of visas to get Indian staff to work in the U.S.

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Tom Wheeler confirmed as new chief of US FCC

The U.S. Senate confirmed Tuesday the nomination of a new chairman to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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Infosys says its use of B-1 visas was for legitimate purposes

Responding to reports of an impending fine of about $35 million by the U.S. government, Indian outsourcer Infosys said its use of B-1 visas in the U.S. was for legitimate business purposes.

Leaked document: NSA spied on 35 world leaders

A document released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the National Security Agency monitored phone conversations of 35 world leaders but that the spying yielded "little reportable intelligence."