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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Comey says the FBI doesn’t want to break anyone’s encryption

FBI Director James Comey claims the agency doesn't want to break anyone’s encryption or set loose a master key to devices like the iPhone.

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White House: FBI is not asking Apple for a 'backdoor' to the iPhone

The White House said it is not the aim of the government to compromise the security of Apple's iPhone, as it only wants the company to help in the case of one phone that was used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino, California, attack on Dec. 2.

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Tim Cook: Apple will fight 'chilling' court order to 'hack our own users'

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has reacted sharply to a federal court order that would require the company to help the FBI search the contents of an iPhone 5c seized from Syed Rizwan Farook.

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Apple opposes judge's order to unlock iPhone used by San Bernardino attacker

The FBI said it was unable to access password-coded encrypted content on the iPhone 5c.

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Apple sharpens focus on India with new maps development center

Apple is setting up a development center in India, a move that is seen to reflect the company's growing focus on the local market.

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Apple's iPhone sued for infringing touch feedback patents

Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches

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Vine boss, other key executives depart Twitter

Twitter is facing the exits of key managers, even as the company struggles with flagging growth in its user base

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Facebook sets up real-time 'Sports Stadium' for live chats and scores during big games

Facebook wants to grab the large audiences that American football attracts, and has launched Facebook Sports Stadium, which it describes as a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with friends and the world.

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Apple plans to set up stores in India

Apple has applied to the Indian government for permission to set up a wholly-owned store operated by the company, taking advantage of changing rules for retail in India.

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Apple convinces U.S. court to ban Samsung phones in patent dispute, but only old ones

A federal court in California has banned the sale in the U.S. of Samsung smartphones that have features that infringe three patents owned by Apple.

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Apple said to scale down orders for iPhones

Apple's component suppliers are bracing for cuts in sales as the iPhone maker has apparently pared down its forecast for production.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coming to Ford cars

Ford to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Sync 3

Ford is increasing the number of smartphone functions that can be controlled from car interfaces by adding support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and introducing more apps for its Sync in-vehicle connectivity system.

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Tim Cook: There's no trade-off between security and privacy

In a strong defense of encryption, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said that there was no trade-off between privacy and national security when it comes to encryption.

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Walmart's rolling out its own QR code-base mobile payment system in stores

Walmart is rolling out in its stores its own smartphone-based payment system that uses QR code technology rather than the NFC tech used by Apple and Google.

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Samsung agrees to pay Apple $548 million in damages—with conditions

Samsung Electronics has agreed to pay Apple US$548 million in damages in a patent infringement lawsuit in California, which will be the first shot at compensation Apple will get in the dispute that has dragged on for several years with many twists and turns.