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Stories by John Ribeiro

Facebook tests delivering tips about your location

By John Ribeiro | 30 January, 2015 14:49

Facebook is getting closer to territory occupied by Yelp and Foursquare by testing a new service that will provide users with recommendations about places they are at.

US targets mobile operator for deceptive data promises

By John Ribeiro | 29 January, 2015 18:26

TracFone Wireless, the largest prepaid mobile provider in the U.S., has agreed to refund US$40 million to customers to settle charges that it throttled bandwidth or cut off consumer data connections, despite promising "unlimited" data service as a marketing tool.

Facebook, Instagram temporarily down in many countries, hack denied

By John Ribeiro | 27 January, 2015 18:32

Facebook and Instagram were down temporarily late Monday, suggesting that common infrastructure used by these services was hit.

Malaysia Airlines attacked, big data dump threatened

By John Ribeiro | 26 January, 2015 17:56

The Malaysia Airlines website has been attacked and the Lizard Squad, one of the groups that claimed responsibility on Monday, threatened to soon "dump some loot" found on the airline's servers.

Uber applies for license in Delhi under new conditions

By John Ribeiro | 23 January, 2015 18:39

Banned from Delhi in December after the alleged rape of a woman passenger by one of its drivers, Uber has applied for a license under the city's revised Radio Taxi Scheme that places tighter controls on taxi operators.

Hutchison Whampoa in talks to acquire O2 in the UK in over $15B deal

By John Ribeiro | 23 January, 2015 17:27

Hutchison Whampoa is in negotiations to acquire O2, a mobile operator in the U.K., leading to significant consolidation in the country's mobile services market.

Amazon to acquire Israeli startup Annapurna Labs for data center muscle

By John Ribeiro | 23 January, 2015 14:46 is to acquire a semiconductor startup in Israel, which has been operating secretively since it was set up in 2011.

BlackBerry wants to mandate app developers to make apps for its platform

By John Ribeiro | 22 January, 2015 18:34

BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants net neutrality to extend to content and applications, so that developers of apps for Android and iOS will be mandated to develop on the BlackBerry platform as well.

Twitter 'recap' helps you catch up with missed tweets

By John Ribeiro | 22 January, 2015 15:54

The next time you are too busy to access your Twitter feed or have a bad Internet connection, the social network will help you get updated with a quick recap of the key tweets you have missed.

Dish found not to infringe Fox's copyright by letting users stream programs

By John Ribeiro | 21 January, 2015 17:20

A federal court in California has ruled that Dish Network did not infringe the copyright of Fox Broadcasting by offering users services for skipping ads and streaming live or recorded programming over the Internet to their computers and mobile devices.

Twitter to acquire Indian startup ZipDial in emerging markets play

By John Ribeiro | 20 January, 2015 17:28

Twitter is to acquire ZipDial Mobile Solutions, a Bangalore company that has developed a platform that allows content like promotions to be delivered to users through voice, SMS or an app notification when an user gives a missed call.

Google may invest in SpaceX for Internet through satellites

By John Ribeiro | 20 January, 2015 16:07

Google may invest about US$1 billion in SpaceX, a company that aims to use satellites to deliver low-cost Internet to underserved regions of the earth, according to reports.

Opponent of Apple, Google settlement with workers wants larger cut in new deal

By John Ribeiro | 19 January, 2015 17:47

Michael Devine, who helped sink an earlier settlement between tech companies and workers in a lawsuit over an alleged conspiracy to prevent poaching of staff, has supported a new settlement proposed last week.

Uber woos European cities with the promise of 50,000 new jobs in 2015

By John Ribeiro | 19 January, 2015 15:25

Uber Technologies has promised 50,000 new jobs in Europe from its service in 2015 alone, in an overture to get more cities on the continent to approve its ride-hailing service.

Samsung's first Tizen phone arrives in India at $92

By John Ribeiro | 14 January, 2015 21:42

Samsung Electronics started selling its first Tizen smartphone in India on Wednesday, priced at 5,700 Indian rupees (US$92).