Stories by John Ribeiro

UN to appoint watchdog to focus on privacy in digital age

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.

By John Ribeiro | 27 March, 2015 15:15

Tags: security, U.S. National Security Agency, internet, United Nations Human Rights Council, privacy

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 26 March, 2015 17:38

Tags: business issues, RadioShack, security, restructuring, privacy

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 26 March, 2015 14:06

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Google, government, internet

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 24 March, 2015 17:58

Tags: Supreme Court of India, legal, internet

US FCC faces lawsuits against proposed net neutrality order

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.

By John Ribeiro | 24 March, 2015 15:28

Tags: Alamo Broadband, United States Telecom Association, legal, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet

Uber ties with Internet arm of large media group in India

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.

By John Ribeiro | 23 March, 2015 16:46

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Times Internet, internet, Uber Technologies

Uber sued for false advertising by California taxi companies

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.

By John Ribeiro | 19 March, 2015 17:58

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, legal, internet, Uber Technologies

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 18 March, 2015 18:30

Tags: Office of Management and Budget, security, government

Facebook clarifies rules for content, including definition of nudity

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.

By John Ribeiro | 16 March, 2015 17:58

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

Amazon acquires IoT platform developer 2lemetry

Amazon.com 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.

By John Ribeiro | 13 March, 2015 18:24

Tags: business issues, amazon.com, Internet of Things, internet, 2lemetry, Mergers and acquisitions

PC sales may be worse than expected this year

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.

By John Ribeiro | 13 March, 2015 16:54

Tags: IDC, Microsoft, hardware systems, desktop pcs, laptops, intel

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 12 March, 2015 17:07

Tags: A123 Systems, Batteries / fuel cells, Apple, legal, Components

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

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.

By John Ribeiro | 10 March, 2015 17:35

Tags: business issues, personnel, Apple

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar asked by US lawmakers to use fingerprint checks of drivers

Eight members of the U.S. Congress have asked Uber Technologies, Lyft and Sidecar Technologies to adopt fingerprint-based background checks of their drivers, describing the procedure as "more comprehensive and harder to fake."

By John Ribeiro | 10 March, 2015 15:11

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Sidecar Technologies, Lyft, government, internet, Uber Technologies

Microsoft asks US court to ban Kyocera's Android phones

Microsoft has asked a court in Seattle to ban Kyocera's DuraForce, Hydro and Brigadier lines of cellular phones in the U.S., alleging that they infringed seven Microsoft patents.

By John Ribeiro | 09 March, 2015 16:19

Tags: Microsoft, intellectual property, legal, patent, kyocera

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