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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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.

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Lyft drivers lawsuit may end without addressing worker employment status

A lawsuit filed by drivers against Lyft may not address the key and contentious issue of whether the drivers should be reclassified as employees with all the attendant benefits.

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Netflix admits to secretly throttling mobile video

Netflix admitted Thursday to throttling video streams worldwide for its mobile users, but said it hasn't been an issue for customers.

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Third California jury trial in Apple-Samsung patent dispute postponed indefinitely

A third jury trial in a patent dispute between Samsung Electronics and Apple in a court in California has been postponed, pending a review by the Supreme Court of the principle for the award of damages for infringement of design patents.

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Apple said to move part of cloud business from AWS to Google

Apple has moved some of its iCloud business from Amazon Web Services to Google’s cloud service, in what is seen as a bid by the iPhone maker to diversify its suppliers.

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Department of Justice appeals New York court order in favor of Apple

The U.S. Department of Justice has appealed an order by a court in New York that turned down its request that Apple should be compelled to extract data from the iPhone 5s of an alleged drug dealer.