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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Tim Cook’s visit to China may help build bridges with consumers, developers, local companies

Apple, however, faces a number of challenges in China, including regulatory.

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Apple invests $1B in China’s ride-hailing company Didi

Apple has invested US$1 billion in China's largest ride-hailing company, which is already backed by big local players like Tencent and Alibaba.

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Lyft agrees to more than double payment to drivers in court settlement

Lyft has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a dispute with drivers in California, under pressure from the judge who found the earlier proposed payment of $12.25 million was too small.

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China’s booming middle class bodes well for Apple, says Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook still sees great potential in the Chinese market despite a drop in its revenue from the country in the first quarter.

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Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI computer search powers

The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to a rule to give judges the authority to issue warrants to remotely search computers whose locations are concealed using technology.

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India makes it compulsory for phones to have 'panic buttons'

India has mandated that starting next year mobile phones in the country should have buttons that can be quickly used by women to alert police and close relatives if they are in distress.

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Nokia to buy connected health gadgets firm Withings for $191 million

Nokia is paying 170 million euros to acquire French fitness gadgets company Withings in a bid to get into the connected healthcare market.

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US no longer requires Apple's help to crack iPhone in New York case

The U.S. no longer requires Apple’s assistance to unlock an iPhone 5s phone running iOS 7 used by the accused in a drug investigation, stating that an “individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case.”

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Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down by Chinese government

A Chinese regulator is said to have ordered Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies only six months after the services were launched in the country.

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Europe files antitrust charges against Google over Android's licensing requirements

The European Commission on Wednesday made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.

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FBI says hack tool only works on iPhone 5c

FBI Director James Comey said late Wednesday at Kenyon College that a tool that the agency bought to crack the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killer only works on the iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

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Refurbished and old models of iPhones only way for Apple to crack Indian market

Apple’s strategy to sell refurbished and older models of its iPhone in the Indian market may be the only way the company can sell its phones in volumes in the country.

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After cracking Apple's iPhone, FBI will help US agencies unlock encrypted devices

The FBI has promised to help local law enforcement authorities crack encrypted devices, in a letter that refers to the federal agency’s success in accessing the data on an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 that was used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

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Court vacates iPhone hack order against Apple, focus shifts to New York

A judge in California vacated on Tuesday an earlier order asking Apple to assist the FBI in cracking the passcode of an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 that was used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

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FBI hack may raise questions about iPhone security

The FBI hack of an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 may have left the device just a little bit insecure in the eyes of some users, as the agency has not provided details of how it was able to access data on the phone used by the San Bernardino terrorist.