Stories by John Ribeiro

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

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

By John Ribeiro | 26 August, 2014 18:52

Tags: business issues, personnel, Rainbow Push Coalition, Working Partnerships USA

Two Galileo GPS satellites launched in wrong orbit

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.

By John Ribeiro | 25 August, 2014 15:29

Tags: Arianespace, consumer electronics, telecommunication, european commission, European Space Agency, GPS, galileo, Arianespace, government

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

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

By John Ribeiro | 14 August, 2014 14:45

Tags: business issues, Networking, Avago Technologies, intel, Mergers and acquisitions

Amazon introduces mobile card reader to compete with Square, PayPal 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.

By John Ribeiro | 13 August, 2014 21:19

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce,, Intuit, paypal, internet, Square

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 13 August, 2014 18:03

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Internet-based applications and services, regulation, Microsoft, legal, Mail, internet, government

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 11 August, 2014 16:51

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, legal, Mail, internet

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 09 August, 2014 16:43

Tags: business issues, security, regulation, Microsoft, legal, twitter, government, Facebook, privacy, American Civil Liberties Union, Google

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 08 August, 2014 15:23

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

Apple, Samsung agree to settle patent disputes outside US

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.

By John Ribeiro | 06 August, 2014 14:13

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

LinkedIn pays almost $6M for wage law violations

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.

By John Ribeiro | 05 August, 2014 12:18

Tags: business issues, personnel, legal, LinkedIn

Mitro makes password manager open source as team heads to Twitter

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.

By John Ribeiro | 01 August, 2014 13:35

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, open source, Mitro Labs, security, twitter, software, internet

Amazon investing $2 billion more in India as online retail booms is investing US$2 billion more in India, which is witnessing an online retail boom.

By John Ribeiro | 30 July, 2014 18:33

Tags: business issues, Flipkart Internet, e-commerce,, internet, investments

Amazon says $9.99 e-books will boost revenue, including for Hachette believes that pricing e-books at US$9.99 will boost sales by over 74 percent as the books are highly price-elastic.

By John Ribeiro | 30 July, 2014 15:49

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce,, Hachette, internet

Rhapsody reaches 2M subscribers, bets on new unRadio service

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.

By John Ribeiro | 29 July, 2014 16:49

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Rhapsody International, Music and audio, internet

EBay faces class action suit over data breach

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

By John Ribeiro | 24 July, 2014 16:58

Tags: security, legal, ebay

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