John Ribeiro

Bangalore Correspondent

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


US regulator coming around to view that a Google computer could qualify as car driver

US regulator coming around to view that a Google computer could qualify as car driver

The U.S. federal transport safety regulator is coming around to the view that rules could be updated so that computers in autonomous cars can be considered as drivers, but added that the rule-making could take some time.

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will 'accept arrest' if UN panel rules against him

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will 'accept arrest' if UN panel rules against him

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will accept arrest by the British police if a UN panel on arbitrary detention rules against him, according to a tweet by the whistle-blowing website.

Microsoft tests underwater data center

Microsoft tests underwater data center

Microsoft is testing an underwater data center with an eye to reducing data latency for the many users who live close to the sea and also to enable rapid deployment of a data center in as little as 90 days.

Smartphone growth at lowest on concerns about global economy, saturation in China

Smartphone growth at lowest on concerns about global economy, saturation in China

Smartphone shipment growth was at its lowest ever in the fourth quarter of 2015 on account of the maturity of major markets like China and consumer concerns about the global economy, according to a research firm.

VMware cuts 800 jobs as it transitions from older 'blockbuster' compute products

VMware cuts 800 jobs as it transitions from older 'blockbuster' compute products

VMware is cutting 800 jobs as it transitions from its traditional products to newer, emerging technologies.

Marvin Minsky, AI pioneer and Turing award winner, dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, AI pioneer and Turing award winner, dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, a professor emeritus at MIT who pioneered the exploration of the mind and its replication in a machine, died on Sunday from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 88, according to MIT Media Lab.

Sony targets IoT with acquisition of chip company Altair

Sony targets IoT with acquisition of chip company Altair

Sony has reached an agreement to acquire chip company Altair Semiconductor in Israel for US$212 million in a bid to strengthen its offering for the Internet of Things market.

Struggling Twitter sees exit of key executives

Struggling Twitter sees exit of key executives

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

Facebook to set up second data center in Europe

Facebook to set up second data center in Europe

Facebook is setting up a data center in Clonee, Ireland, which will be its sixth in the world and its second outside the U.S.

SAP sees cloud, support revenue overtaking software in 2018

SAP sees cloud, support revenue overtaking software in 2018

Reflecting an industry trend, German business software maker SAP expects its revenue from cloud subscriptions and support to be higher than its revenue from software licenses in 2018.

Foxconn said to bid over $5B for Sharp

Foxconn said to bid over $5B for Sharp

Large contract manufacturer Foxconn has bid to take over ailing Sharp for its display business and manufacturing know-how, according to news reports.

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