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Stories by John Ribeiro

Silicon Valley tech companies use underpaid black and Latino workers, says report

By John Ribeiro | 26 August, 2014 18:52

Silicon Valley technology companies use underpaid black, Latino and immigrant workers as janitors, cooks and security guards, according to a study released Monday.

Two Galileo GPS satellites launched in wrong orbit

By John Ribeiro | 25 August, 2014 15:29

Two satellites that are intended to form part of the European Galileo satellite navigation system went astray from their intended orbit after launch from French Guiana on Friday, satellite launch company Arianespace said.

Intel to pay $650M to buy LSI networking business from Avago

By John Ribeiro | 14 August, 2014 14:45

Intel has agreed to acquire for US$650 million in cash a networking business and related assets from Avago Technologies, the companies said Wednesday.

Amazon introduces mobile card reader to compete with Square, PayPal

By John Ribeiro | 13 August, 2014 21:19 has introduced a card reader coupled with smartphone and tablet apps that aim to provide small businesses with a way to accept payments on these devices.

US DOJ asks court to vacate stay in Microsoft email privacy case

By John Ribeiro | 13 August, 2014 18:03

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a New York court to vacate a stay on an order that would require Microsoft to turn over to the government certain emails held abroad.

US court rules in favor of providing officials access to entire email account

By John Ribeiro | 11 August, 2014 16:51

A judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that providing law enforcement with access to an entire email account in an investigation did not violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures of property.

Microsoft, Google, others back Facebook in New York privacy dispute

By John Ribeiro | 09 August, 2014 16:43

Key technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Twitter have filed in support of Facebook's dispute with the New York County District Attorney's office over the collection of user data in bulk under a gag order for a fraud investigation.

USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent that figures in dispute with Samsung

By John Ribeiro | 08 August, 2014 15:23

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected some claims of an Apple patent that was one of the basis for a recent damages award in a dispute with Samsung Electronics.

Apple, Samsung agree to settle patent disputes outside US

By John Ribeiro | 06 August, 2014 14:13

Apple and Samsung Electronics have agreed to end their patent litigation outside the U.S., in an indication of a softening of their dispute that has extended across many countries.

LinkedIn pays almost $6M for wage law violations

By John Ribeiro | 05 August, 2014 12:18

Professional networking company LinkedIn agreed to pay close to US$6 million in overtime back wages and damages to employees at its branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.

Mitro makes password manager open source as team heads to Twitter

By John Ribeiro | 01 August, 2014 13:35

The team at Mitro Labs, the developer of a password manager, is joining Twitter, and its software is being released under a free and open source license, Mitro said Thursday.

Amazon investing $2 billion more in India as online retail booms

By John Ribeiro | 30 July, 2014 18:33 is investing US$2 billion more in India, which is witnessing an online retail boom.

Amazon says $9.99 e-books will boost revenue, including for Hachette

By John Ribeiro | 30 July, 2014 15:49 believes that pricing e-books at US$9.99 will boost sales by over 74 percent as the books are highly price-elastic.

Rhapsody reaches 2M subscribers, bets on new unRadio service

By John Ribeiro | 29 July, 2014 16:49

Rhapsody International, which operates the Rhapsody and Napster music services, said Tuesday it plans to expand in France and Latin America as a result of deals with mobile operators SRF and Telefonica.

EBay faces class action suit over data breach

By John Ribeiro | 24 July, 2014 16:58

EBay faces a class action suit in a U.S. federal court over a security breach earlier this year.