Stories by John Ribeiro

India's biometric ID project is back on track

The new Indian government has indicated strong support for a controversial project to require residents to have biometric IDs in order to collect government benefits, setting a target of 1 billion enrollments by 2015.

By John Ribeiro | 11 September, 2014 20:48

Tags: Unique Identification Authority of India, e-government, security, government, privacy

Snapchat settles ownership dispute, says app idea came from ousted partner

Snapchat cofounders Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy have reached a settlement with former Stanford University colleague Frank Reginald "Reggie" Brown over an ownership dispute, admitting that Brown had originally come up with the idea for the app for sending disappearing picture messages.

By John Ribeiro | 10 September, 2014 14:13

Tags: SnapChat, legal

Tech industry groups ask US Senate to 'swiftly pass' NSA curbs

Tech industry organizations have written a letter to leaders in the U.S. Senate, to ask them to swiftly pass the USA Freedom Act, legislation that is expected to end the collection of bulk domestic phone data by the National Security Agency.

By John Ribeiro | 09 September, 2014 16:49

Tags: U.S. Senate, security, U.S. National Security Agency, government, legislation, privacy

Microsoft takes down Bing Image Widget after Getty lawsuit

Following a lawsuit from Getty Images, Microsoft has temporarily removed the beta of the Bing Image Widget, which lets publishers embed collages and slideshows of images from search results on their Web sites.

By John Ribeiro | 08 September, 2014 16:57

Tags: Getty Images, copyright, Microsoft, intellectual property, legal

Microsoft revamps MSN, integrates with productivity tools

Microsoft has unveiled its revamped MSN portal that combines easy access to personal productivity tools and content from a large number of providers.

By John Ribeiro | 08 September, 2014 15:49

Tags: Microsoft, internet, Internet service providers

Bitcoin backer Shrem pleads guilty to operating unlicensed payments

Bitcoin backer Charlie Shrem pleaded guilty Thursday of knowingly transmitting money intended to facilitate drug trafficking on the "Silk Road" online underground market, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said.

By John Ribeiro | 05 September, 2014 15:32

Tags: security, legal

US court approves eBay settlement over no-hire agreement

A court in California has approved a settlement reached earlier this year between eBay and the U.S. Department of Justice over a deal the e-commerce company is said to have reached with Intuit not to hire each other's employees.

By John Ribeiro | 03 September, 2014 16:05

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, business issues, personnel, legal, ebay

Samsung acquires cloud printing company PrinterOn

Samsung Electronics has acquired mobile cloud printing company PrinterOn in a bid to enhance its mobile cloud services to the business-to-business market, the company said Wednesday.

By John Ribeiro | 03 September, 2014 13:32

Tags: business issues, PrinterOn, Samsung Electronics, internet, cloud computing, Mergers and acquisitions

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

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