Stories by John Ribeiro

Google cloud platform can now be managed from a phone

By John Ribeiro | 31 March, 2015 17:55

Google is testing a version for Android smartphones and tablets of a console that will help its customers monitor services in the cloud while on the move.

India backs open source software for e-governance projects

By John Ribeiro | 30 March, 2015 17:33

India has said it will use open source software in all e-governance projects, though it did not rule out the use of proprietary software to meet specialized requirements.

UN to appoint watchdog to focus on privacy in digital age

By John Ribeiro | 27 March, 2015 15:15

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations has voted in favor of a resolution backed by Germany and Brazil to appoint an independent watchdog or 'special rapporteur' to monitor privacy rights in the digital age.

About 25 US states oppose sale of RadioShack's customer data

By John Ribeiro | 26 March, 2015 17:38

Several state consumer protection agencies in the U.S. have joined the state of Texas in objecting in bankruptcy court to the proposed sale by RadioShack of personal information of its customers.

FTC says it did not go easy on Google in search probe

By John Ribeiro | 26 March, 2015 14:06

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said its decision not to prosecute Google over its search practices was in line with the recommendations of its staff.

India's Supreme Court strikes down law against offensive online content

By John Ribeiro | 24 March, 2015 17:58

India's Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional an Internet law that provided for the arrest of people sending online messages considered offensive or menacing.

US FCC faces lawsuits against proposed net neutrality order

By John Ribeiro | 24 March, 2015 15:28

U.S. broadband industry trade body USTelecom and Internet provider Alamo Broadband filed Monday lawsuits against a controversial U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposal to reclassify broadband providers, which could be the harbinger of similar lawsuits from Internet companies.

Uber ties with Internet arm of large media group in India

By John Ribeiro | 23 March, 2015 16:46

Beleaguered by Indian regulators and bad publicity, Uber Technologies has struck a marketing and distribution deal with the Internet business arm of a powerful Indian media conglomerate, the Times Group.

Uber sued for false advertising by California taxi companies

By John Ribeiro | 19 March, 2015 17:58

Taxi companies in California have sued Uber Technologies in a federal court, charging the ride-hailing smartphone app company with misleading advertising regarding the safety of its rides.

US gov't wants HTTPS on its publicly-accessible sites within two years

By John Ribeiro | 18 March, 2015 18:30

Publicly accessible websites and services of U.S. government agencies will have to move to HTTPS encryption within two years to meet the government's objective that these sites and Web services should be offered over a secure connection.

Facebook clarifies rules for content, including definition of nudity

By John Ribeiro | 16 March, 2015 17:58

Facebook has released a new version of its community standards, defining in detail what it means by offensive content on issues such as nudity, bullying and hate speech.

Amazon acquires IoT platform developer 2lemetry

By John Ribeiro | 13 March, 2015 18:24 has acquired 2lemetry, a startup that has developed a platform for the integration of connected devices across enterprises, as it expands on its Internet of Things strategy.

PC sales may be worse than expected this year

By John Ribeiro | 13 March, 2015 16:54

PC shipments are forecast to drop by 4.9 per cent this year, more than the 3.3 per cent fall earlier predicted, according to IDC.

Apple wants suit from battery maker A123 dismissed or moved to California

By John Ribeiro | 12 March, 2015 17:07

A bid by Apple to settle an employee poaching lawsuit with battery maker A123 Systems appears to have been unsuccessful, with the iPhone maker now asking the court to dismiss the suit or transfer it to its home turf in California.

Apple to raise drivers' wages, after demands to share its wealth

By John Ribeiro | 10 March, 2015 17:35

Apple has decided to increase hourly wages by about 25 percent and offer other perks for its contract drivers in the Bay Area, in response to demands from workers in the area for better terms.

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