John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for the IDG News Service.

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Google may build ad-blocking into Chrome

Google is likely to introduce an ad blocking feature that could be turned on by default in desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome browser, according to a news report.

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Facebook wants people to type from their brain and hear with their skin

Facebook revealed Wednesday that it is working on technology to let people type straight from their brains at 100 words per minute, besides disclosing another project directed at allowing people to hear with their skin.

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Apple is developing its own power management chips, says analyst

Apple could be developing its own power management chips, according to a report from German private bank Bankhaus Lampe. The release of the report led to a sharp drop in the shares of Dialog Semiconductors, the current supplier of these chips to the iPhone maker.

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Qualcomm says Apple using its power to pay less for a patent license

Qualcomm is seeking damages from Apple, alleging that the iPhone maker interfered with long-term agreements between the chip company and licensees that manufacture the iPhone and iPad.

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Twitter Lite is a faster, smaller Twitter built for the mobile web

Twitter launched Thursday a ‘Lite’ version of its service that runs from the browser on a smartphone, in a bid to attract customers in emerging markets, who have flaky Internet connections or are wary of spending too much on data.

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Apple's building its own graphics processor for the iPhone, dropping Imagination GPUs

Apple will soon stop using intellectual property from Imagination Technologies Group for its iPhone and other devices, as it is working on a separate, independent graphics design for its products.

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Twitter mulls an enhanced TweetDeck for power users as subscription rumors swirl

Twitter has started surveying users to check their interest in a new enhanced version of its TweetDeck product, raising the possibility that the company is considering a paid version of the service.

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Apple acquires Workflow automation app, offers it free

Apple has acquired the Workflow automation app, which allows iOS users to trigger a sequence of tasks across apps with a single tap.

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After legal scuffle, Uber gets permit to test self-driving cars in California

Uber Technologies’ autonomous cars could be returning to California soon after state authorities permitted the company to test the vehicles.

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Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to help prevent suicides

Facebook is using a combination of pattern recognition, live chat support from crisis support organizations and integrated tools to prevent suicide, with a focus on its Live service.

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Twitter quickly rolls back change to prevent abuse over worries it encourages abuse

Twitter rolled back a new fix aimed to prevent abuse a few hours after it met with protests, reflecting that the company is still scrambling to find solutions to the problem of harassment on its service.

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Apple joins tech company coalition to oppose Trump immigration order in court

Google, Facebook, Intel, Netflix and Twitter are among a large group of companies that have filed a brief in opposition to an immigration order by U.S. President Donald Trump, citing the benefits to industry from liberal immigration rules and the disruption to business as a result of the regulation.

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Apple to start assembling iPhones in Bangalore by April

Apple plans to start assembling the iPhone in Bangalore by end April under a contract manufacturing arrangement with Wistron.

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Apple crosses Samsung in smartphone market, helped by the Note7 debacle

Apple has regained the top place in the smartphone market helped by the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while rival Samsung Electronics grappled with the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note7 over overheating batteries, according to a research firm.

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Twitter's rolling out new features to counter abuse soon

Twitter said late Monday it is rolling out features soon to counter abuse on its platform, though it did not provide details of the measures it is taking to address the problem.