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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US no longer requires Apple's help to crack iPhone in New York case

The U.S. no longer requires Apple’s assistance to unlock an iPhone 5s phone running iOS 7 used by the accused in a drug investigation, stating that an “individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case.”

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Indians can now tweet for air pollution data

Indians love to discuss the weather and more recently the pollution that is on the increase in some of its cities. A new tool from Twitter could help people stay updated on pollution levels.

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Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down by Chinese government

A Chinese regulator is said to have ordered Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies only six months after the services were launched in the country.

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Uber settles with drivers without compromising on their contractor status

Uber Technologies has arrived at a settlement with drivers in two lawsuits that could see the company paying up to US$100 million, but without a change in the classification of its drivers from independent contractors to employees.

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SpyEye botnet kit developer sentenced to long jail term

Aleksandr Panin, the Russian developer of the SpyEye botnet creation kit, and an associate were on Wednesday sentenced to prison terms by a court in Atlanta, Georgia, for their role in developing and distributing malware that is said to have caused millions of dollars in losses to the financial sector.

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Europe files antitrust charges against Google over Android's licensing requirements

The European Commission on Wednesday made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.

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US Senate passes bill that could pave the way for commercial drones

Legislation passed by the U.S. Senate could pave the way for the commercial deployment of drones in the national airspace, besides addressing safety issues by, for example, providing for a pilot that would find ways to lock down errant drones if they are close to airports.

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Microsoft cites new EU personal data rules in support of email dispute

Microsoft has cited new European data protection rules in support of its claim that the U.S. government should use inter-government agreements rather than a warrant to force the technology company to provide emails stored in Ireland that are required for an investigation.

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Mesosphere open sources DC/OS data center management platform

Cloud computing startup Mesosphere has decided to open source its platform for managing data center resources, with the backing of over 60 tech companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems.

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Europe's digging into Google’s contracts with phone makers and operators

The European Commission is still investigating whether Google’s Android operating system and Amazon’s contracts with e-book publishers have broken antitrust rules, its Competition Commissioner said Monday in Amsterdam.

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British Airways plane possibly hit by drone near Heathrow

A British Airways aircraft was possibly hit by a drone Sunday near Heathrow airport as it was coming to land, which is likely to raise concerns about finding ways to keep greater checks on the flights of the devices.

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FBI says hack tool only works on iPhone 5c

FBI Director James Comey said late Wednesday at Kenyon College that a tool that the agency bought to crack the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killer only works on the iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

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Galaxy S7 and mid-range phones boost Samsung’s profit

Samsung Electronics’ flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones and sales of its mid-range devices in emerging markets have likely helped the company boost its operating profit in the first quarter.

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Refurbished and old models of iPhones only way for Apple to crack Indian market

Apple’s strategy to sell refurbished and older models of its iPhone in the Indian market may be the only way the company can sell its phones in volumes in the country.

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After cracking Apple's iPhone, FBI will help US agencies unlock encrypted devices

The FBI has promised to help local law enforcement authorities crack encrypted devices, in a letter that refers to the federal agency’s success in accessing the data on an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 that was used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.