John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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.

RIM: BlackBerry email is operating, messenger online

Research In Motion reported late Wednesday that email was operating, and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) traffic was online and passing successfully in all regions where its service was previously affected.

T-Mobile unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1 in U.S., braving Apple lawsuit

T-Mobile USA unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to U.S. buyers on Monday, just days ahead of a court hearing at which Apple will seek a preliminary injunction to prevent sales of the device.

Samsung outstrips Apple in India's tablet market

In contrast to the iPad's success elsewhere, Apple trails behind Samsung in India's fledgling tablet market, according to CyberMedia Research.

T-Mobile wants to prevent U.S. ban on Samsung products

T-Mobile USA wants to submit a "friend of the court" brief aimed at preventing a preliminary injunction sought by Apple against the sale of Samsung's Galaxy S 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the U.S.

WikiLeaks cable: Apple slow to counter Chinese fakes

According to a leaked cable, Apple did not have a global security team, including in China, until March, 2008, when it hired employees from drug company Pfizer.

Mozilla defends 'rapid release' of Firefox versions

While acknowledging that a six-week release cycle is disconcerting for some users, the chair of the Mozilla Foundation says that quicker releases of new versions of Firefox ensure that new capabilities are not delayed for nearly a year before they can be delivered to people.

MP3tunes sees mixed outcome in EMI suit

If a user adds pirated music to an online cloud locker service, is the provider responsible? No, according to a decision made in a New York federal court on Monday.

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.