John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

Facebook updated privacy policy likely next week

Facebook has closed the notice and comments period on the proposed changes to its privacy policy, and expects to decide by next week whether it needs to further update the policy in the wake of user feedback.

U.S. to release annual figures on spying orders and people affected

The U.S. government has decided to release data annually on its secret spy orders and the number of people affected by them, the country's intelligence chief said Thursday.

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Google, Apple remove some restrictions on technology to Iran

Google has told Android developers that they can start offering free apps in Iran, while Apple has removed Iran from among the countries to which sales of its products are prohibited.

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Samsung refused retrial over 'overscroll bounce' patent in Apple dispute

Samsung Electronics was denied a retrial over the "overscroll bounce" patent in its dispute with Apple in a federal court in California.

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Google says UK privacy laws don't apply to Safari cookies dispute

Google has told British consumers in a privacy claim that it does not have to answer to English courts and U.K. privacy laws don't apply to it, according to the law firm for the plaintiffs.

Facebook disables some legitimate apps while targeting malicious ones

The use of tools to detect malicious patterns in apps led Facebook to temporarily disable some legitimate third-party apps that integrate with the social networking website.

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US patent office rejects claims of Apple 'pinch to zoom' patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected claims of an Apple patent that figures prominently in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, according to documents filed by the South Korean company in a U.S. federal court.

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Apple's share of the smartphone pie is at a three-year low

Apple's share of the smartphone market dropped in the second quarter to its lowest level in three years, research firm Strategy Analytics said.

Apple and Amazon drop legal scuffle over 'Appstore' name

A lawsuit filed by Apple over Amazon.com's use of the term "Appstore" has ended after Apple decided to withdraw the case.

Apple asks for stay on ITC ban on iPhone and iPad models pending appeal

Apple has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to stay a ban on certain iPhone and iPad models pending an appeal.

Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement

Boston University is seeking to ban Apple from selling some of its products, besides demanding damages for the alleged infringement of a semiconductor patent invented by a university professor.

Best Buy recalls MacBook replacement batteries after reports of fire

Best Buy has recalled about 5100 replacement batteries for Apple's MacBook laptops, after 13 reports that the battery caught fire, a U.S. consumer safety agency said.

Yahoo to issue inactive mail accounts to other users

Yahoo is resetting email accounts that have not been used for at least 12 months and issuing them to other users.

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Apple to pay $53 million to settle iPhone, iPod touch warranty suit

Apple has agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class-action suit in connection with warranties for its iPhone and iPod touch devices. The proceeds of the cash settlement will be paid to over 153,000 owners of the devices who were denied warranty coverage while Apple's "liquid damage policy" was still in force

Report: EU investigating Apple's iPhone agreements with mobile operators

The European Commission has sent a questionnaire to a number of mobile operators in the European Union, focusing on whether its distribution terms with these providers may put Apple at an advantage over other smartphone makers, according to a newspaper report.