Stories by John Ribeiro

Google, Rockstar reach deal to settle lawsuit over Nortel patents

Google has agreed to settle a patent lawsuit brought by Rockstar, a patent company that had earlier acquired a trove of patents from Nortel Networks.

By John Ribeiro | 21 November, 2014 16:40

Tags: Google, Rockstar, consumer electronics, copyright, intellectual property, legal, smartphones

Facebook bus drivers unionize amid concern about work conditions

Drivers of buses that shuttle employees to Facebook's campus have decided to unionize, reflecting an increasingly assertive contract workforce at tech companies in California.

By John Ribeiro | 20 November, 2014 17:59

Tags: business issues, personnel, Teamsters Local 853, Facebook

Microsoft Azure thrown out of gear during a performance update

A service interruption on Azure storage services late Tuesday was caused by Microsoft's attempts to roll out a performance update that had been earlier tested for several weeks.

By John Ribeiro | 20 November, 2014 15:29

Tags: Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

US safety board backs FAA on regulation of reckless drone use

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft for the purpose of the Federal Aviation Administration's prohibition of their careless or reckless use, but skirted other issues on the regulation of drones.

By John Ribeiro | 19 November, 2014 18:54

Tags: popular science, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

Obama backs passing of NSA reform legislation by Senate

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama urged the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, which would curb the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency in the wake of widespread concerns about potential violations of privacy.

By John Ribeiro | 18 November, 2014 18:11

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

Oracle, SAP settle long-standing TomorrowNow lawsuit

SAP and Oracle have settled a long-standing copyright-infringement lawsuit, with the German company agreeing to pay about US$359 million in damages and interest to Oracle instead of the $1.3 billion awarded in 2010.

By John Ribeiro | 14 November, 2014 14:21

Tags: copyright, intellectual property, legal, SAP, software, Oracle

Appeals court to revisit controversial YouTube video takedown

An appeals court in the U.S. is reviewing a February decision ordering Google to pull down from YouTube the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" video that sparked off violence in many countries in 2012.

By John Ribeiro | 13 November, 2014 19:04

Tags: Google, copyright, intellectual property, legal, youtube

Twitter plans 'instant timeline' feature to get visitors to log in

Twitter plans to introduce soon an "instant timeline" feature that will allow new users to see what's happening on the site without having to first go through the time-consuming process of following accounts.

By John Ribeiro | 13 November, 2014 16:14

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

Samsung responds to Nvidia patent complaint with own infringement charges

Samsung Electronics has accused Nvidia of infringing its patents in an apparent response to a September action by Nvidia that accused the South Korean company and Qualcomm of infringing patents related to its GPU technology.

By John Ribeiro | 12 November, 2014 18:58

Tags: Velocity Micro, intellectual property, legal, patent, Samsung Electronics, nvidia

Snapchat to ask users to stop using unauthorized apps

Snapchat has decided to ask users to stop using unauthorized apps, after the compromise of an app that offered to save snaps led to questions about the security of the photo and video messaging application itself.

By John Ribeiro | 12 November, 2014 15:52

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, SnapChat, security, internet

Google signs 60-year lease to do research at NASA's Moffett airfield

Google is paying US$1.16 billion over 60 years to lease from NASA the Moffett Federal Airfield in California.

By John Ribeiro | 11 November, 2014 15:08

Tags: popular science, Google, NASA, robotics, internet

Computer scientists say copyright on APIs will stifle innovation

Computer scientists have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court decision that Java APIs, the specifications that let programs communicate with each other, are copyrightable.

By John Ribeiro | 10 November, 2014 18:44

Tags: Android OS, Google, copyright, intellectual property, legal, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Oracle

Lyft sues former COO who moved to Uber

Ride-sharing platform Lyft has sued its former COO, Travis VanderZanden, for allegedly breaching a confidentiality agreement, charging that he uploaded company documents to a personal Dropbox account before joining rival operator Uber.

By John Ribeiro | 07 November, 2014 00:12

Tags: Uber, business issues, personnel, legal, Lyft

US net neutrality advocates plan Hungary-style protests

Protests are planned outside the White House in Washington, D.C., and at several locations across the U.S. on Thursday evening to object to leaks that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a new "hybrid" proposal to break through the deadlock over net neutrality rules.

By John Ribeiro | 06 November, 2014 18:50

Tags: free press,, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Fight for the Future, internet, government

Google including traditional official data for tracking flu

Finding that aggregate Web searches alone cannot provide an accurate assessment of where flu has struck and its severity, Google has decided to take into account data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Google Flu Trends model.

By John Ribeiro | 03 November, 2014 22:34

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, internet, search engines

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