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Stories by John Ribeiro

Close shaves between aircraft and drones on the upswing

By John Ribeiro | 27 November, 2014 18:49

Near misses between drones and aircraft are on the increase, with pilots of airplanes sometimes having to take evasive action, according to data released by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to some news outlets.

Obama signs legislation allowing regulatory e-labels for smartphones, wearables

By John Ribeiro | 27 November, 2014 17:06

U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law Wednesday the E-Label Act that will make it easier for vendors to display regulatory approvals electronically rather than etch them physically on the exterior of the device.

UN committee calls on countries to protect right to privacy

By John Ribeiro | 26 November, 2014 18:15

A United Nations panel has approved a resolution that would have its General Assembly call on states to respect and protect the right to privacy in the digital age.

Report: Samsung's head of TVs may be asked to revitalize mobile business

By John Ribeiro | 24 November, 2014 15:38

Samsung Electronics is considering a key management overhaul that could see the company's head of TVs and home appliances also overseeing its underperforming mobile business, according to a news report.

Google, Rockstar reach deal to settle lawsuit over Nortel patents

By John Ribeiro | 21 November, 2014 16:40

Google has agreed to settle a patent lawsuit brought by Rockstar, a patent company that had earlier acquired a trove of patents from Nortel Networks.

Facebook bus drivers unionize amid concern about work conditions

By John Ribeiro | 20 November, 2014 17:59

Drivers of buses that shuttle employees to Facebook's campus have decided to unionize, reflecting an increasingly assertive contract workforce at tech companies in California.

Microsoft Azure thrown out of gear during a performance update

By John Ribeiro | 20 November, 2014 15:29

A service interruption on Azure storage services late Tuesday was caused by Microsoft's attempts to roll out a performance update that had been earlier tested for several weeks.

US safety board backs FAA on regulation of reckless drone use

By John Ribeiro | 19 November, 2014 18:54

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft for the purpose of the Federal Aviation Administration's prohibition of their careless or reckless use, but skirted other issues on the regulation of drones.

Obama backs passing of NSA reform legislation by Senate

By John Ribeiro | 18 November, 2014 18:11

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama urged the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, which would curb the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency in the wake of widespread concerns about potential violations of privacy.

Oracle, SAP settle long-standing TomorrowNow lawsuit

By John Ribeiro | 14 November, 2014 14:21

SAP and Oracle have settled a long-standing copyright-infringement lawsuit, with the German company agreeing to pay about US$359 million in damages and interest to Oracle instead of the $1.3 billion awarded in 2010.

Appeals court to revisit controversial YouTube video takedown

By John Ribeiro | 13 November, 2014 19:04

An appeals court in the U.S. is reviewing a February decision ordering Google to pull down from YouTube the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" video that sparked off violence in many countries in 2012.

Twitter plans 'instant timeline' feature to get visitors to log in

By John Ribeiro | 13 November, 2014 16:14

Twitter plans to introduce soon an "instant timeline" feature that will allow new users to see what's happening on the site without having to first go through the time-consuming process of following accounts.

Samsung responds to Nvidia patent complaint with own infringement charges

By John Ribeiro | 12 November, 2014 18:58

Samsung Electronics has accused Nvidia of infringing its patents in an apparent response to a September action by Nvidia that accused the South Korean company and Qualcomm of infringing patents related to its GPU technology.

Snapchat to ask users to stop using unauthorized apps

By John Ribeiro | 12 November, 2014 15:52

Snapchat has decided to ask users to stop using unauthorized apps, after the compromise of an app that offered to save snaps led to questions about the security of the photo and video messaging application itself.

Google signs 60-year lease to do research at NASA's Moffett airfield

By John Ribeiro | 11 November, 2014 15:08

Google is paying US$1.16 billion over 60 years to lease from NASA the Moffett Federal Airfield in California.