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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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...

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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.

Facebook hires Gowalla team, but will shut the service

Facebook has hired the team at Gowalla, a mobile location service in Austin, Texas, but the service will be shut down by January, the companies said Monday.

Philippines police: AT&T hackers have terrorist connections

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in the Philippines have jointly busted a ring of four alleged hackers in Manila with connections to a terrorist group.

Motorola Mobility shareholders approve Google acquisition

Motorola Mobility shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed acquisition of the company by Google.

Sprint suit against AT&T/T-Mobile deal allowed

A U.S. district judge allowed parts of C Spire Wireless and Sprint Nextel's lawsuits against AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Thai floods hit Q4 hard drive production

The devastating floods in Thailand will cause a 28 percent quarter-on-quarter drop in hard disk drive (HDD) production in the fourth quarter.

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Researcher: Samsung beats Apple in Q3 smartphone sales

Samsung beat Apple to the top position in the smartphone market in the third quarter taking a 23.8 percent share of the global market to Apple's 14.6 percent.

RIM faces possible class action suit over BlackBerry outages

Research In Motion faces a possible class action lawsuit over recent outages in its BlackBerry services earlier this month, and a trademark infringement complaint for its use of the BBX name for its upcoming platform for its tablets and smartphones.

EC approves Seagate acquisition of Samsung drive business

The European Commission OK'd Seagate Technology's purchase of Samsung's hard disk drive business.

Western Digital extends suspension of operations in Thailand

Western Digital said its primary manufacturing facility in Thailand was flooded over the weekend, with its secondary site also at risk, raising the possibility of a global shortage of hard disk drives.

Microsoft closes Skype acquisition

Microsoft said Friday that it has closed its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, the Internet telephony provider in Luxembourg. The deal was first announced in May.