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Stories by John Ribeiro

Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data

By John Ribeiro | 17 October, 2014 17:17

Anonymous sharing app Whisper has come under a cloud after a newspaper report charged it with tracking the location of its users, including those who have asked not to be followed.

Oracle sued over employee no-poaching agreement with Google

By John Ribeiro | 16 October, 2014 17:48

A former employee of Oracle has sued the company for allegedly conspiring with Google to prevent poaching of certain categories of managers from each other, in a bid to keep salaries low.

Google considers Amazon as its biggest search competitor

By John Ribeiro | 14 October, 2014 16:16

Google considers as its biggest search competitor, ahead of traditional rivals like Yahoo and Bing, as people looking to buy something are more likely to search on the online retailer's website.

French operator Iliad drops plans to acquire T-Mobile US

By John Ribeiro | 14 October, 2014 13:23

French telecommunications company Iliad has dropped its bid for a majority stake in T-Mobile US after an improved offer was rejected by the U.S. carriers' majority owner Deutsche Telekom.

Google, Rockstar patent dispute to be decided in California court

By John Ribeiro | 10 October, 2014 16:26

Patent disputes between Apple-backed Rockstar and Google's Android licensees will be first decided in a California court rather than in a Texas court seen to be more favorable to patent holders.

Microsoft's Nadella backtracks after comments on women pay lead to protests

By John Ribeiro | 10 October, 2014 13:28

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recommends that not asking for a pay raise is "good karma" for women, leading bosses to trust them and give them more responsibility.

With Zuckerberg in India, promotes apps and sites for women, farmers

By John Ribeiro | 09 October, 2014 22:41

With Mark Zuckerberg in Delhi on Thursday, Facebook-backed launched a contest to promote the creation of apps, websites and online services for women, students, farmers and migrant workers in India.

Symantec reportedly in talks to split into storage and security units

By John Ribeiro | 08 October, 2014 16:16

Taking a cue from Hewlett-Packard and eBay, Symantec is said to be in talks to carve out the company into two entities.

Nokia to stop India handset production after Microsoft cuts off orders

By John Ribeiro | 08 October, 2014 04:16

Nokia will stop production at its mobile handset manufacturing facility near Chennai in south India after a deal with Microsoft to manufacture phones fell through.

Microsoft and other firms take pledge to protect student privacy

By John Ribeiro | 07 October, 2014 18:04

Microsoft and other companies that provide education technologies and services to U.S. schools aim to assuage parents' concerns about the collection and handling of student data with a pledge to protect that data.

Skype appears to bow to Indian rules, ends in-country calls to local networks

By John Ribeiro | 07 October, 2014 03:21

Microsoft has decided to stop routing Skype Internet calls from within India to local landlines and mobile phones, in a move that may signal it is giving in to local regulations.

Samsung to invest $14.7 billion in new fab

By John Ribeiro | 06 October, 2014 16:34

Samsung Electronics is investing 15.6 trillion Korean won (US$14.7 billion) in a new chip plant in South Korea to meet growing demand from smartphones, enterprise computing and the emerging 'Internet of Things' market.

Google to put guards on payroll, amid concerns about inequality

By John Ribeiro | 06 October, 2014 14:32

Google has decided to have security guards on its payroll, rather than have them placed by a contractor, amidst concerns about income disparities in Silicon Valley.

Google shakes up Cloud services market with another price cut

By John Ribeiro | 02 October, 2014 14:55

Google has fired back at Microsoft with cheaper cloud services, signaling another round of price cutting in an increasingly competitive market.

Twitter invests in MIT lab focused on online social movements

By John Ribeiro | 02 October, 2014 12:23

Twitter is investing US$10 million in a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build platforms for online collaboration by people on civic and political issues.