John RibeiroIDG News Service

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

State Department cancels large Kindle contract

The U.S Department of State has withdrawn plans to place a $16.5 million order on Amazon.com for its Kindle Touch devices.

Apple argues for trial before DOJ ebooks settlement

Apple has opposed a government proposed judgment in an ebooks price-fixing lawsuit, stating that the judgement seeks to terminate and rewrite its contracts even before the case is heard.

Twitter acquires intellectual property from iOS app testing firm Clutch.io

Twitter has acquired intellectual property from app testing firm Clutch.io and its team is joining the social networking company, it said on Monday.

Samsung argues against Apple's sanctions request

Samsung Electronics has asked a court in California to strike down Apple's "self-serving" recommendation of sanctions against the South Korean company for revealing to the press documents that were not allowed as evidence in a patent dispute, stating that Apple's request is "an affront to the integrity of the jury."

Foursquare testing program to monetize its service

Foursquare is rolling out the pilot for a new program, called Promoted Updates, which will charge merchants to send recommendations to users about their products.

Toshiba cuts NAND flash production by 30 percent

Toshiba announced a reduction in its production of NAND flash memory -- which go into smartphones, tablets and storage devices -- by about 30 percent as a result of oversupply conditions.

US appeals court refuses stay on injunction on Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales

A U.S. appeals court denied Samsung a stay on a preliminary injunction on the sale of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The stay had been issued by a U.S. District Court judge as part of an ongoing patent dispute between Samsung and Apple.

HTC files counterclaims against Apple with two acquired patents

HTC has filed a counterclaim before a court in Florida stating that Apple has infringed on two of its patents.

Motorola says smartphones will be available in US despite ban

Motorola Mobility said Tuesday that it has taken "proactive measures" to ensure that its smartphones remain available to consumers in the U.S., despite a ban that goes into effect Wednesday.

Wikipedia tool allows readers to suggest changes to articles

Wikipedia plans to ask users to provide suggestions to improve articles on its website, which could be incorporated into the articles by its editors.

US court refuses to stay injunction on Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone

A court in California denied Samsung on Tuesday a stay on a preliminary injunction against sales in the U.S. of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone running Android. The ruling follows a similar decision over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

Samsung refused stay on injunction against U.S. sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1

A court in California has refused to stay its earlier preliminary injunction on sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in the U.S., pending an appeal by Samsung.

Kodak allowed to auction patents, despite Apple's claims

Eastman Kodak said on Monday that it has received approval from bankruptcy court to go ahead with the auction of its digital imaging patent portfolios, despite claims to some of those patents by Apple and another company.

Apple's Chinese suppliers violate worker rights, says labor group

There are serious violations of worker rights at Apple's other suppliers in China, even as Foxconn tries to improve working conditions, according to a labor group's latest report.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked from sale in the US

A federal court in California has blocked the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the U.S. in a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung.