John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Samsung claims Apple infringed eight patents in reply to Apple suit

Samsung Electronics alleged in a counterclaim to an Apple patent infringement lawsuit in a federal court in California that the maker of the iPhone and iPad has infringed eight of its patents.

AOL to sell patents to Microsoft for more than $1 billion

AOL has entered into a definitive agreement to sell over 800 of its patents and their related patent applications to Microsoft, it said Monday.

Twitter sues alleged spammers and spam tool providers

Twitter has filed a lawsuit against "five of the most aggressive tool providers and spammers" in a federal court in San Francisco.

Google buys payments company TxVia to boost Google Wallet

Google has acquired TxVia, a payments technology company, to complement its own payments capability.

iTunes, Sony PlayStation Network targeted in patent suit

A South African inventor has claimed in a U.S. federal court that Apple's iTunes and Sony's PlayStation Network infringe a patent relating to a "data vending system" issued to him in 2004.

Angry Birds creator acquires games developer

Rovio Entertainment, the developer of the popular Angry Birds games, has acquired Futuremark Games Studio.

Google faces class action lawsuits against new privacy policy

Google faces consumer complaints in federal courts in New York and California, claiming that its new privacy policy violates the company's earlier policies.

Twitter acquires blogging platform Posterous

Twitter has acquired blogging company Posterous, and said its engineers, product managers and others will join Twitter teams working on several key initiatives.

Western Digital closes Hitachi GST acquisition

Western Digital completed Thursday the acquisition of the hard drive business of Hitachi, and set up two subsidiaries with separate brands and products...

Kodak opposes Apple's bid to restart patent litigation

Eastman Kodak has asked a bankruptcy court to decide on its patent dispute with Apple, thus opposing a motion by Apple for permission to resume the patent litigation.

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.