Stories by John Ribeiro

Lawsuit against Microsoft over employee no-poach deals dismissed

A lawsuit against Microsoft that charged it with entering into restrictive hiring agreements with other companies has been dismissed by a court in California, with the judge declaring that the employees had waited too long to file the suit.

Written by John Ribeiro25 Nov. 15 11:02

FTC allows 'selfies' for parental consent under COPPA

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, after a long debate, has allowed the use of a new method involving phone or webcam photographs of parents to verify that the person providing consent for a child to use an online service is in fact the child’s parent.

Written by John Ribeiro20 Nov. 15 08:52

Square IPO seen as test of whether tech startups are still hot

Payments processor Square has priced its initial public offering at a level far lower than earlier indicated, even as analysts are looking at the company's debut on the stock exchange Thursday as a test of how public markets will evaluate new, high-flying startups some of whom have seen valuations of over US$1 billion.

Written by John Ribeiro19 Nov. 15 08:44

In wake of Paris attacks, legislation aims to extend NSA program

A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation that would delay the end of the bulk collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency to Jan. 31, 2017, in the wake of renewed security concerns after the terror attacks last Friday in Paris.

Written by John Ribeiro18 Nov. 15 08:58

Facebook to widen use of Safety Check tool beyond Paris attacks

Facebook's Safety Check tool to help users alert friends about their safety was activated for the first time after a terror attack in Paris over the weekend, with a large number of users reporting they had benefited from it.

Written by John Ribeiro16 Nov. 15 08:10

Apple to shut down Beats Music on Nov. 30

Apple has pulled the plug on Beats Music, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.

Written by John Ribeiro13 Nov. 15 08:42

Microsoft sets up data centers in Germany amid US surveillance concerns

Microsoft is delivering its cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new datacenters regions in Germany, in a move that aims to deflect customer concerns about access to their data by U.S. surveillance.

Written by John Ribeiro11 Nov. 15 15:55

Hack to cost UK's TalkTalk up to $53 million

TalkTalk Telecom Group in the U.K. expects the financial impact of a recent cyber attack to be up to £35 million (US$53 million) but said the people affected may have been far less than had been earlier expected.

Written by John Ribeiro11 Nov. 15 14:32

App companies propose new model for worker benefits

Companies offering services through apps, venture capitalists and worker advocates are proposing a new model for worker benefits that will be "portable" across the number of jobs they do in the new on-demand economy.

Written by John Ribeiro11 Nov. 15 08:49

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