Stories by John Ribeiro

Apple postpones production of larger-display iPads

Apple has delayed the production of its larger-screen iPads, as it works out the final design and features for the product targeted at businesses.

Apple in settlement talks with car battery maker A123 Systems

Apple is in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems, which has charged the iPhone maker with poaching five of its employees to set up a new battery division.

Apple, like Google, to hire full-time security guards in Silicon Valley

Apple will replace a number of contract security positions with direct hires for its Silicon Valley operations, amid widespread demands from contract workers like drivers and security guards for better working conditions at tech companies.

Google, Apple $415M deal with tech workers heads for approval

A proposed US$415 million settlement between tech workers and Intel, Google, Apple and Adobe Systems is likely to be approved by the judge, according to some of the lawyers in the case.

Iran to weed 'moral' crimes from social networks, starting with Facebook

Iran has arrested several Facebook users on charges ranging from insulting religious figures to conducting immoral activities, even as it is said to be talking to Google about setting up operations in the country.

Indian ride-hailing app Ola acquires rival for $200 million

India's ride-hailing app market is beginning to see signs of consolidation with the largest player, ANI Technologies' Ola, acquiring a smaller rival for US$200 million.

NSA authorization to collect bulk phone data extended to June 1

A U.S. secret court has extended until June 1 the controversial bulk collection of private phone records of Americans by the National Security Agency.

Fresh from $532.9M win, Smartflash sues Apple again

Shortly after a jury in Texas awarded it US$532.9 million in damages in a patent dispute with Apple, patent company Smartflash has sued the iPhone maker again, this time to focus on newer Apple products.

Samsung faces complaint in US FTC over Smart TV 'surveillance'

A complaint filed by a privacy group to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission charged that Samsung's Smart TVs intercept and record private communications of consumers in their homes, violating a number of rules including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Sony users unable to access popular services like Hulu, Netflix

Viewers complained Tuesday that they were unable to access some of their favorite online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu from smart devices made by Sony.

Samsung holds smartphone lead in India, Apple trails

Samsung Electronics led the Indian smartphone market with a 22 percent share last quarter, while global rival Apple didn't even make the top five in this price-sensitive market.

Google to curb sharing of sexually explicit content on Blogger

Google will restrict from next month the public sharing of adult content on its Blogger platform.

Facebook, other tech firms face pressure from drivers over work conditions

Facebook and other tech companies in Silicon Valley are facing increasing pressure from its shuttle drivers to improve working conditions, amid concern about growing inequality in the area.

Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour wins Oscar

A documentary on whistleblower Edward Snowden won the Oscar for the best documentary feature, in a shot in the arm for people worldwide protesting against alleged U.S. intrusions into the privacy of people in the country and abroad.

Google launching YouTube for kids

Google is launching a version for kids of YouTube that will feature appropriate content and controls, in line with its strategy to redesign some of its products for use by this segment.