John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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.

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.