John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

Apple, Microsoft consortium beats Google for Nortel patents

A consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony successfully bid $4.5 billion for Nortel Networks' remaining patents and patent applications. The consortium outbid Google.

Apple may face India probe for anticompetitive practices

Apple may face scrutiny from an Indian regulator for alleged anticompetitive behavior in connection with iPhone 4 sales in India.

Connecticut concerned about Facebook face recognition

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has expressed concern that Facebook's "Tag Suggestions" face recognition feature compromises consumer privacy.

PlayBook OS updated after Adobe Flash security issue

A new version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS will soon be available to all BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users, to address a security issue raised by Adobe about its Flash Player.

Foxconn reopens polishing facilities, blast site still closed

Foxconn has reopened all its polishing workshops, other than the one at Chengdu in China, which was shut down after a blast there on May 20 killed three people.

Google introduces +1 buttons for third-party web sites

Google is rolling out its +1 recommend button across third-party web sites, as well as to Google properties, a day after Twitter introduced a "Follow" button for third-party sites.

Google to launch online music locker service

Google is expected to announce Tuesday a new music service that will allow users to store their music online, according to reports.

Report: Microsoft set to acquire Skype

Microsoft is close to finalizing a deal to buy Internet phone company Skype Technologies for more than $7 billion. A deal could be announced by Tuesday.

Report: Apple topples Google as most valuable brand

Apple has topped Google as the most valuable brand in the world, according to a study released over the weekend by brand consultancy Millward Brown.

Indian users upset over late iPad 2 launch in the country

Indian users are disappointed that Apple is delaying the iPad 2 launch in that country. The global iPad 2 rollout begins this Friday in 25 other countries.

Apple introducing iPad in India

Apple's iPad will be available in India starting Friday; but the market promises to be tough

Report: Google wooing publishers to its digital newsstand

Google is talking to publishers about a digital newsstand for Android devices, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Opera focusing on browsers for a range of phones

Opera targets low-end phones in emerging markets; while building new revenue streams

Tell-a-Friend coming as app on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android

Tell-a-Friend; an online marketing referral widget will be available as an application on iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android phones

Google faces privacy investigation in Canada

Canada is also investigating Google's collection of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.