John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Rhapsody Kids streams child-friendly, parent-controlled music

Streaming music service Rhapsody has launched a version for kids that limits their access to only tailored programming and content that parents add.

Apple Music debuts June 30 — all the ways you love music, all in one place.

Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks roll out in China

Apple has launched Apple Music together with iTunes Movies and iBooks in China, which is already the company's largest market for app downloads.

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Amazon wants to pay you to deliver Prime Now packages is using independent contractors for its Flex delivery program to ferry packages to customers, adopting a staffing method that has already attracted controversy and lawsuits.

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Uber's rivals just got a little closer

Close on the heels of its US$100 million investment in Lyft, Chinese ride-hailing app giant Didi Kuaidi has invested an undisclosed amount in Ola, the leading ride-hailing app in India.

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Google to set up Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations

Google is to provide Wi-Fi to 400 Indian railway stations that carry millions of passengers every day, giving the company an important headway in the country.

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Apple disables iOS 9's space-saving 'app slicing' feature due to iCloud bug

The 'app slicing' feature in iOS 9 that would enable developers to target slimmer variants of their apps to specific devices is unavailable because of a bug in iCloud, Apple's cloud service for its devices.

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Microsoft tailors Windows 10 for China, cutting deals with Baidu and others

Microsoft announced three new tie-ups in China on the same day that the country's President Xi Jinping and a delegation visited its campus at Redmond, Washington.

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Apple lists 25 apps impacted by XcodeGhost

Apple has identified 25 iOS apps on its stores that used a rogue version of its Xcode development tool.

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Uber tests new carpooling service in China

Riders in Chengdu, China will be able to cut travel costs by using a new carpooling service that Uber Technologies is testing in the country for the global market.

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Cisco said to plan China partnership to boost market access

Cisco is tying with a Chinese partner for joint development and better access to the local market, according to a newspaper report.

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US Congress members urged to embrace encrypted apps

Congress members and staff are being urged by a civil rights group to use encrypted smartphone apps such as WhatsApp and Signal rather than traditional cellular networks.

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India withdraws draft encryption policy following controversy

The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial draft encryption policy, with a minister stating that the document was not the final view of the government.

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US drops effort to make tech industry report terrorist activity

The U.S. Senate has dropped a plan that would have required Internet companies to report on vaguely-defined terrorist activity on their platforms, a move that was strongly opposed by the industry and civil rights groups.

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Indian draft rules on encryption could compromise privacy, security

India's government is trying to ensure that its law enforcement has easy access to encrypted information, but it could be compromising security and privacy in the bargain.

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Kim Dotcom's US extradition hearing begins

A hearing for the extradition to the U.S. of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom began Monday in Auckland, New Zealand, with a number of civil rights activists, including Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, opposing the hand over.