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

Skype acquiring startup GroupMe for group text messaging

Internet calling company Skype said Sunday that it will acquire GroupMe, a startup that offers a free group text messaging app.

Google adds weather data to Maps

Google on Thursday announced that it's adding current weather information and cloud data from around the world to its Google Maps.

Amazon Web Services reports outage in the U.S. late Monday

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud in North Virginia had connectivity issues late Monday, knocking off temporarily a number of websites and services that use Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing infrastructure.

Skype for iPad goes live, for a while

Skype's Internet phone and video chat application for Apple's iPad was available late Monday, but was quickly pulled from Apple's online stores.

ITC says it won't review Apple-Kodak patent decision

The U.S. International Trade Commission has terminated an investigation into a complaint by Apple that Eastman Kodak infringed on some of its patents in its cameras.

Hackers claim Apple online data was compromised

A list of 27 user names and encrypted passwords apparently for an Apple website was posted to the Internet over the weekend along with a warning from hacker group Anonymous that the Cupertino-based computer maker could be a target of its attacks.

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.