John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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.

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.