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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Trump appoints net neutrality critics to FCC transition team

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has appointed two opponents of current net neutrality rules to his team charged with overseeing the transition in the Federal Communications Commission.

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Google Fiber halts expansion plans to review strategy

In a dramatic change in strategy, Google Fiber has paused plans to roll out fiber optic cables across a number of U.S. cities, as the company reevaluates its strategy to presumably use mainly wireless to provide high-speed Internet service.

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$85 billion AT&T, Time Warner deal under scrutiny from politicians, consumer groups

The plan by AT&T to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion has come under the microscope of U.S. politicians and public interest groups that are concerned about the antitrust implications of the mega-deal.

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AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4B in content play

AT&T said it will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion, reflecting a continuing trend for the consolidation of communications and media companies.

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Google, Honeywell resolve patent dispute over Nest thermostats

Google and Honeywell have signed a patent cross-license agreement that resolves a long-standing patent dispute over thermostats made by Nest Labs, the home automation startup the Internet giant acquired.

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Rovi to acquire TiVo for $1.1 billion

Online entertainment listings company Rovi plans to acquire digital video recording firm TiVo for US$1.1 billion in a stock and cash deal, the companies said Friday.

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Nintendo's mysterious 'NX' gaming platform to be launched in March 2017

Nintendo's new 'NX' gaming platform will be launched worldwide in March next year, the company said Wednesday without providing details on the new console that has been shrouded in secrecy.

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Nokia to buy connected health gadgets firm Withings for $191 million

Nokia is paying 170 million euros to acquire French fitness gadgets company Withings in a bid to get into the connected healthcare market.

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Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down by Chinese government

A Chinese regulator is said to have ordered Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies only six months after the services were launched in the country.

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Netflix admits to secretly throttling mobile video

Netflix admitted Thursday to throttling video streams worldwide for its mobile users, but said it hasn't been an issue for customers.

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Foxconn will pay over $6 billion to buy most of Sharp

Sharp has approved an offer from Hon Hai Precision Industry and related companies to acquire over 66 percent of the company’s voting stock, making the Taiwanese contract manufacturer the new parent of the venerable Japanese firm.

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Sony targets Internet of Things with $212 million buy 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.

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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's dropping Beats Music at the end of the month

Apple has pulled the plug on Beats Music, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.

Rhapsody Kids streams child-friendly, parent-controlled music

Streaming music service Rhapsody has launched a version for kids that limits their access to only tailored programming and content that parents add.