John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

HP cuts staff as webOS transitions to open-source

Hewlett-Packard has reportedly cut 275 jobs in its webOS group, as part of its strategy to turn the operating system over to the open-source community.

Yahoo, Facebook in intellectual property dispute

Yahoo is threatening action unless Facebook licenses some of its technologies, as other web and technology companies are said to have done.

Samsung decides to spin off LCD business

Samsung Electronics has decided to spin off the company's LCD (liquid crystal display) panel manufacturing unit.

Apple files complaint against Motorola to prevent iPhone 4S litigation

Apple has asked a federal court in California for an order enjoining Motorola Mobility from suing the company in other courts for patent infringement in connection with its use of chips from Qualcomm in its products.

Seagate: Shortage of disk drives to continue through 2012

Seagate Technology says that supply of hard disk drives will continue to fall short of demand as a result of flooding in Thailand.

Research firms: Apple number one smartphone vendor again

Apple has emerged as the number one smartphone vendor worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2011, by a small margin, after losing ground to Samsung in the previous quarter, according to research firms Strategy Analytics and IHS iSuppli.

Impact of Thailand floods continues to bite tech industry

A hard disk drive shortage caused by flooding in Thailand is forcing some high-tech companies to alter their revenue forecasts.

Twitter acquires antimalware company Dasient

Twitter has acquired Internet security firm Dasient, the Sunnyvale, California startup said on its blog on Monday.

Heins takes over as CEO at Research In Motion

Research In Motion's co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have quit after a tumultuous period for the smartphone maker, fueled in part by the rise of Apple's iPhone.

Eastman Kodak files for bankruptcy

Struggling Eastman Kodak said Thursday that it and its U.S. subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to reorganize its business.

Wikipedia to go dark in SOPA protest; Twitter declines

Wikipedia has decided to black out the English version of the online encyclopedia for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Barnes & Noble may spin off Nook business

After strong holiday sales of the Nook ereader, bookseller Barnes & Noble is considering spinning off its Nook digital business to help it grow.

Seagate completes acquisition of Samsung's hard drive business

Seagate Technology said Tuesday it has completed the acquisition of the hard disk drive (HDD) business of Samsung Electronics, after it recently received...

BT files patent suit against Google

British Telecommunications has filed a civil suit in a Delaware court alleging that some Google products and services including Android, and its search, music, map, and location-based advertising infringe on the British company's patents.

Google buys developer of Alfred personal assistant app

Google has acquired Clever Sense, the developer of Alfred, a personalized restaurant and bars recommendations app, for an undisclosed price.