John Ribeiro

Bangalore Correspondent

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

Waymo fears Uber may peek at secret court docs

Waymo fears Uber may peek at secret court docs

Alphabet's autonomous car unit Waymo is concerned about giving Uber Technologies’ internal counsel extensive access to documents it filed under seal in connection with its lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets and patent...

Court blocks American from suing Ethiopia for infecting his computer

Court blocks American from suing Ethiopia for infecting his computer

An appeals court has barred an Ethiopian-born U.S citizen from filing a civil suit against the African country, which allegedly infected his computer with spyware and monitored his communications.

Uber gets permit to test autonomous cars in California

Uber gets permit to test autonomous cars in California

Uber Technologies’ autonomous cars could be returning to California soon after state authorities permitted the company to test the vehicles.

FCC to investigate AT&T 911 call outage

FCC to investigate AT&T 911 call outage

AT&T’s mobile subscribers in some states were unable to make 911 emergency calls late Wednesday, leading to complaints from law enforcement agencies.

Senator probes into CloudPets smart toy hack

Senator probes into CloudPets smart toy hack

A U.S. senator is seeking answers about a data breach involving smart toys made by Spiral Toys, writing a letter to the company’s CEO asking about the company’s security practices.

Senate resolution aims to roll back privacy rules for ISPs

Senate resolution aims to roll back privacy rules for ISPs

A resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate aims to roll back privacy rules for broadband service providers that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October.

CA to acquire security testing firm Veracode for $614M

CA to acquire security testing firm Veracode for $614M

CA Technologies is acquiring application security testing company Veracode for $614 million in cash, in a bid to broaden its development and testing offering for enterprises and app developers.

Pence used private mail for state work as governor; account was hacked

Pence used private mail for state work as governor; account was hacked

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reportedly used a private email account to transact state business when he was governor of Indiana, and his AOL account was hacked once, according to a news report.

FCC halts data security rules

FCC halts data security rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has halted new rules that would require high-speed internet providers to take "reasonable" steps to protect customer data.

Facebook uses artificial intelligence to help prevent suicides

Facebook uses artificial intelligence to help prevent suicides

Facebook is using a combination of pattern recognition, live chat support from crisis support organizations and integrated tools to prevent suicide, with a focus on its Live service.

Alibaba calls for tougher Chinese laws against counterfeiters

Alibaba calls for tougher Chinese laws against counterfeiters

Under pressure from the U.S. government and vendors in various markets to crack down on counterfeiters, Alibaba has called on Chinese authorities for clearer laws and higher penalties.

U.S. probe of drone collisions with aircraft points to birds

U.S. probe of drone collisions with aircraft points to birds

Investigations into reported collisions by drones with civil aircraft found that they were caused instead by birds, wires and posts, or structural failures unrelated to unmanned aircraft systems, a U.S. regulator said.

Samsung starts production of new 10-nm Exynos 9 Series chip

Samsung starts production of new 10-nm Exynos 9 Series chip

Samsung unveiled a new octa-core application processor that combines a custom CPU with a gigabit LTE modem and a separate processing unit for security applications, leading to speculation that it could be designed into the new Galaxy...

LinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobs

LinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobs

Microsoft has launched Project Sangam, a cloud service integrated with LinkedIn that will help train and generate employment for middle and low-skilled workers.

Facing sexism charges, Uber says Eric Holder will investigate

Facing sexism charges, Uber says Eric Holder will investigate

Uber Technologies scrambled to counter the sexism charges raised by a former employee, and said it would appoint former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to the panel that would investigate allegations that the company mishandled an...

Microsoft eyes Indian startups for cloud services

Microsoft eyes Indian startups for cloud services

Microsoft is targeting Indian startups with its cloud services, and has signed up more than 2,000 such customers in the country in the last 12 months, the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella said Monday at an event for startups in Bangalore....

New Zealand High Court clears Kim Dotcom extradition to U.S.

New Zealand High Court clears Kim Dotcom extradition to U.S.

Megaupload website founder Kim Dotcom and three associates were on Monday cleared by a court in New Zealand to be extradited to the U.S. where he faces a variety of charges including copyright infringement and racketeering.

Uber orders probe into employee's charge of sexual harassment

Uber orders probe into employee's charge of sexual harassment

Uber ordered an urgent investigation after a former engineer triggered an uproar on social media, alleging sexual harassment, politics and discrimination at the ride-hailing company.

Arrest of Samsung’s Lee may not affect smartphone business in short term

Arrest of Samsung’s Lee may not affect smartphone business in short term

The arrest of Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on Friday in South Korea may not have a direct impact on the company’s high-profile electronics business, including its smartphones unit, according to analysts.

Legislation revived to curb warrantless geolocation tracking

Legislation revived to curb warrantless geolocation tracking

U.S. legislators have reintroduced bills that would place curbs on warrantless access by the government to electronically generated geolocation information of Americans, including on the use of cell-site simulators that can capture...

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