Stories by John Ribeiro

US Senate blocks NSA surveillance reform bill

The U.S. Senate voted early Saturday to block the USA Freedom Act, a legislation that aimed to put an end to the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency.

By John Ribeiro | 23 May, 2015 19:26

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

RadioShack, US states reach agreement on sale of customer data

RadioShack has reached agreement with U.S. states over the sale of customer data, by consenting to limit the number of email addresses to be sold, and giving customers the opportunity to be removed from the list.

By John Ribeiro | 21 May, 2015 14:32

Tags: business issues, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, RadioShack, security, restructuring, privacy

Tech companies ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

Reform Government Surveillance, an organization that represents large technology companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft, on Tuesday pressed the U.S. Senate not to delay reform of National Security Agency surveillance by extending expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.

By John Ribeiro | 20 May, 2015 14:34

Tags: Apple, Reform Government Surveillance, Google, Microsoft, security, U.S. National Security Agency, government, legislation, privacy

Global digital rights groups say Facebook's increases inequality's offer of access to selected websites and services without data charges has been criticized by over 60 digital rights groups around the world for, among other things, increasing inequality while undermining net neutrality.

By John Ribeiro | 19 May, 2015 15:58

Tags: Internet-based applications and services,, internet, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook

FTC recommends conditions for sale of RadioShack customer data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has weighed in on the contentious issue of the proposed sale of consumer data by bankrupt retailer RadioShack, recommending that a model be adopted based on a settlement the agency reached with a failed online toy retailer.

By John Ribeiro | 18 May, 2015 16:50

Tags: business issues, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, RadioShack, security, restructuring, privacy

Nintendo says its new smartphone games will drive console sales

Nintendo expects that its new games for smartphones, built in partnership with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA, will help boost sales of its consoles, as users "become familiar with the charms of video games."

By John Ribeiro | 08 May, 2015 16:35

Tags: Nintendo, consumer electronics, games, smartphones

Uber said to bid for Nokia's Here mapping business

Uber Technologies has bid for Nokia's Here mapping business, in a bid to reduce its dependence on Google, according to a newspaper report.

By John Ribeiro | 08 May, 2015 12:21

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, Nokia, internet, Mergers and acquisitions, Uber Technologies

Uber's Indian rival Ola being probed for 'predatory pricing'

Ola, India's largest ride-hailing service, is being probed by the Competition Commission of India for 'predatory pricing,' including for allegedly spending more than its revenue per trip by offering incentives to customers and drivers.

By John Ribeiro | 07 May, 2015 16:52

Tags: Fast Track Call Cab, Internet-based applications and services, ANI Technologies, internet

FAA program tests drones flying beyond pilot's line-of-sight

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has announced tests of drones in urban areas as well as outside the pilot's line-of-sight, possibly paving the way for operations such as the aerial delivery of packages as proposed by companies like

By John Ribeiro | 07 May, 2015 12:41

Tags: popular science, robotics, regulation, PrecisionHawk, Federal Aviation Administration, government, BNSF Railroad

Uber stops operations in Kansas over new legislation

Uber Technologies has ceased operations in Kansas after state legislators overruled a veto by the governor on a bill that aims to tighten insurance requirements and background checks for drivers operating in app-based transportation networks.

By John Ribeiro | 06 May, 2015 15:04

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

Facebook's opens platform to other online services

Facebook's has opened its free Internet access platform to any low-bandwidth online service that meets its technical guidelines for running on basic phones.

By John Ribeiro | 04 May, 2015 21:15

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

US reviews use of cellphone spying technology

Faced with criticism from lawmakers and civil rights groups, the U.S. Department of Justice has begun a review of the secretive use of cellphone surveillance technology that mimics cellphone towers, and will get more open on its use, according to a newspaper report.

By John Ribeiro | 04 May, 2015 16:17

Tags: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, security, government, privacy

Grooveshark shuts down after settlement with record companies

Streaming music service Grooveshark has closed down as part of a settlement with major record companies that had sued it for many years for copyright infringement.

By John Ribeiro | 01 May, 2015 14:18

Tags: Grooveshark, Internet-based applications and services, Escape Media, legal, Music and audio, Recording Industry Association of America, internet

Amazon buys ClusterK, a firm that helps users buy cloud capacity cheap

Amazon has acquired ClusterK, a developer of software that helps companies run mission-critical applications on spare cloud compute capacity sold by Amazon Web Services.

By John Ribeiro | 30 April, 2015 17:01

Tags: business issues,, ClusterK, cloud computing, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

Apple says EC probe could lead to back tax payments

Apple has warned that an European probe into its tax payments in Ireland could lead to the company having to pay disputed past taxes covering up to 10 years.

By John Ribeiro | 30 April, 2015 14:14

Tags: business issues, Apple, legal, government

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