John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

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.

Indian users upset over late iPad 2 launch in the country

Indian users are disappointed that Apple is delaying the iPad 2 launch in that country. The global iPad 2 rollout begins this Friday in 25 other countries.

Apple introducing iPad in India

Apple's iPad will be available in India starting Friday; but the market promises to be tough

Report: Google wooing publishers to its digital newsstand

Google is talking to publishers about a digital newsstand for Android devices, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Opera focusing on browsers for a range of phones

Opera targets low-end phones in emerging markets; while building new revenue streams

Tell-a-Friend coming as app on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android

Tell-a-Friend; an online marketing referral widget will be available as an application on iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android phones

Google faces privacy investigation in Canada

Canada is also investigating Google's collection of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

Amazon will sell its Kindle DX reader outside the U.S.

Amazon has begun selling its large screen Kindle DX reader outside the U.S.

Amazon takes Kindle global, lowers price

Amazon plans to start selling its Kindle reader in over 100 countries and territories on Oct. 19.

Report: Steve Jobs returning to work this month

Apple CEO Steve Jobs on track to return to work this month, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Report: Hiring by tech companies under DOJ investigation

The Department of Justice is reportedly investigating possible unfair hiring practices in tech industry, including Apple.

Google plans to enter the e-book business

Google said on Monday that by the end of the year it plans to give publishers a way to sell online digital versions of their books through a partner program.

Vodafone setting up own app store

Vodafone is planning to set up its own app store by giving developers access to its vast customer base

Symantec says credit card data may have leaked from India

Stops routing calls to Indian call center after BBC report of data theft