Stories by John Ribeiro

Reddit sections go dark after exit of staffer

The exit of a key Reddit staffer, who apparently played an important role in the bustling AMA (Ask Me Anything) question-and-answer section, has created an uproar on the online discussion website.

By John Ribeiro | 03 July, 2015 16:07

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, personnel, reddit, internet

After Uber ruling, pressure mounts on companies to reclassify contractors

The pressure on app-based companies to reclassify their contractors as employees is picking up, with more of them getting sued this week.

By John Ribeiro | 02 July, 2015 15:47

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, personnel, Postmates, Shyp, legal, Washio, internet, Uber Technologies

OPM hit by class-action suit over breach of federal employee data

A federal employees union has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, its leadership and a contractor, alleging that their negligence led to a data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of current, former and prospective government employees and contractors.

By John Ribeiro | 30 June, 2015 15:26

Tags: security, Office of Personnel Management, legal, government, American Federation of Government Employees, KeyPoint Government Solutions

Facebook like Google makes scant progress in hiring blacks, women

Facebook and other tech companies aren't changing the racial mix or the percentage of women in their workforce fast enough, which has become a matter of concern to civil rights activists.

By John Ribeiro | 26 June, 2015 16:10

Tags: business issues, personnel, RainbowPush Coalition, Facebook

US lawmakers back's bid for .amazon gTLD's troubled bid for the .amazon generic top-level domain (gTLD) has got support from the U.S. Congressional Trademark caucus, which is asking for a speedy resolution of the long-standing dispute between the online retailer and countries in the region through which the Amazon river flows.

By John Ribeiro | 24 June, 2015 16:43

Tags:, government, internet

Getty Images a party in European antitrust investigation into Google

Getty Images said it had been granted "interested party" status in the European Commission's investigation into alleged anticompetitive behavior by Google, after it complained to the Commission that the search giant favored its own images service in Web search results.

By John Ribeiro | 23 June, 2015 16:38

Tags: antitrust, Google, Getty Images, legal, internet, search engines

Louisiana governor vetoes license plate reader legislation

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed legislation that would provide for the pilot use of automatic license plate readers by law enforcement to identify stolen vehicles and uninsured motorists.

By John Ribeiro | 22 June, 2015 16:45

Tags: security, legislation, government, State of Louisiana, privacy

Apple hears Taylor Swift, to pay artists during free music trial

Apple has backed down on its plans not to pay artists during the three-month free trial period for its upcoming music service, after stinging criticism from pop star, Taylor Swift.

By John Ribeiro | 22 June, 2015 14:58

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Apple, Music and audio, Taylor Swift, internet, entertainment

US court allows Google Earth image as evidence

An appeals court has ruled that Google Earth images, like photographs, can be used as evidence in a court.

By John Ribeiro | 19 June, 2015 17:01

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Maps, legal

Samsung wants court to review damages in patent fight with Apple

Samsung Electronics has asked that a full bench of an appeals court should review a damages award in a long-standing patent infringement dispute with arch-rival Apple.

By John Ribeiro | 18 June, 2015 17:01

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, intellectual property, patent, Samsung Electronics, legal, smartphones

Adobe ventures into stock photos, offers Creative Cloud integration

Adobe Systems has ventured into the stock images market, launching both a service that integrates with its cloud-based Creative Cloud tools, and a standalone stock images marketplace with 40 million curated and royalty-free images.

By John Ribeiro | 16 June, 2015 16:51

Tags: Adobe Systems, software, cloud computing, internet

FCC says PayPal 'robocall' policy could break rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has cautioned PayPal that provisions in its new user agreement for contacting customers with autodialed or prerecorded calls and text messages could violate federal laws.

By John Ribeiro | 12 June, 2015 16:34

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, regulation, ebay, paypal, government, internet

Google offers faster Web access on Android phones

Google will deliver lighter versions of Web pages in search results for Android phones users with slow connections in India and Brazil.

By John Ribeiro | 11 June, 2015 21:25

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Android OS, Google, internet

Reddit bans five groups on its site for harassment

Reddit has removed five online communities, or subreddits, on its site, after they were found to break the website's rules against the harassment of individuals.

By John Ribeiro | 11 June, 2015 13:44

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, reddit, internet

Apple Music faces antitrust investigation in New York, Connecticut

Attorneys general of the U.S. states of New York and Connecticut have launched an investigation into the music streaming industry, apparently with a focus on whether the recently-unveiled Apple Music has broken antitrust rules.

By John Ribeiro | 10 June, 2015 14:06

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, antitrust, Attorney General of Connecticut, legal, Music and audio, Universal Music Group, government, internet, Attorney General of New York, Apple

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