Stories by John Ribeiro

Microsoft to discontinue free Xbox Music streaming

Microsoft is withdrawing free streaming on Xbox Music from Dec. 1, citing the need to focus on its music purchase and subscription service.

Microsoft sued as lawsuits over employee no-poach deal mount

A court filing in May last year has attracted more class action lawsuits, alleging secret no-poaching deals among tech companies to keep salaries low.

Samsung Knox devices approved for government use by NSA

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy devices have been approved by the U.S. National Security Agency under a program of the agency to quickly deploy commercially available technologies.

Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data

Anonymous sharing app Whisper has come under a cloud after a newspaper report charged it with tracking the location of its users, including those who have asked not to be followed.

Oracle sued over employee no-poaching agreement with Google

A former employee of Oracle has sued the company for allegedly conspiring with Google to prevent poaching of certain categories of managers from each other, in a bid to keep salaries low.

Google considers Amazon as its biggest search competitor

Google considers Amazon.com as its biggest search competitor, ahead of traditional rivals like Yahoo and Bing, as people looking to buy something are more likely to search on the online retailer's website.

French operator Iliad drops plans to acquire T-Mobile US

French telecommunications company Iliad has dropped its bid for a majority stake in T-Mobile US after an improved offer was rejected by the U.S. carriers' majority owner Deutsche Telekom.

Google, Rockstar patent dispute to be decided in California court

Patent disputes between Apple-backed Rockstar and Google's Android licensees will be first decided in a California court rather than in a Texas court seen to be more favorable to patent holders.

Microsoft's Nadella backtracks after comments on women pay lead to protests

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recommends that not asking for a pay raise is "good karma" for women, leading bosses to trust them and give them more responsibility.

With Zuckerberg in India, Internet.org promotes apps and sites for women, farmers

With Mark Zuckerberg in Delhi on Thursday, Facebook-backed Internet.org launched a contest to promote the creation of apps, websites and online services for women, students, farmers and migrant workers in India.

Symantec reportedly in talks to split into storage and security units

Taking a cue from Hewlett-Packard and eBay, Symantec is said to be in talks to carve out the company into two entities.

Nokia to stop India handset production after Microsoft cuts off orders

Nokia will stop production at its mobile handset manufacturing facility near Chennai in south India after a deal with Microsoft to manufacture phones fell through.

Microsoft and other firms take pledge to protect student privacy

Microsoft and other companies that provide education technologies and services to U.S. schools aim to assuage parents' concerns about the collection and handling of student data with a pledge to protect that data.

Skype appears to bow to Indian rules, ends in-country calls to local networks

Microsoft has decided to stop routing Skype Internet calls from within India to local landlines and mobile phones, in a move that may signal it is giving in to local regulations.

Samsung to invest $14.7 billion in new fab

Samsung Electronics is investing 15.6 trillion Korean won (US$14.7 billion) in a new chip plant in South Korea to meet growing demand from smartphones, enterprise computing and the emerging 'Internet of Things' market.