Indonesia has threatened to cut data services used by millions of BlackBerry customers, the industry body said Saturday, in an ongoing spat over infrastructure and government access to information.
The industry regulator said it would block internet services to the smartphones in the biggest market for Research In Motion (RIM) -- which makes the BlackBerry -- outside North America if RIM did not comply with its demands.Full Story
Netscape co-founder turned Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen on Friday shot down reports he was in line to take an executive role at struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo!.
"Over the last several weeks, there have been erroneous reports in the press that my partner Jeff Jordan and/or I might become an operating executive of Yahoo in some capacity," Andreessen said in a post on his personal blog.Full Story
YouTube said Friday it has acquired RightsFlow, a New York-based company which manages music rights for songwriters, recording artists, record labels and online music services.
"As new ways of consuming music have emerged, RightsFlow has been at the forefront of solving the complex issues of licensing and royalty payment management," YouTube product manager David King said in a blog post.Full Story
Hewlett-Packard said Friday it is making the webOS operating system for mobile devices it acquired from Palm last year available to the open source community.
HP will continue to develop and support webOS, but the software platform will become open source, meaning that developers anywhere can tinker with it as they wish and it will be available for anyone to use free of charge.Full Story
Web security company Blue Coat Systems said Friday it is being acquired by a private investment group in a deal worth $1.3 billion.
The investor group led by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo will pay $25.81 per share in cash to Blue Coat shareholders for each share of common stock they own, a 48 percent premium over Blue Coat's closing price Thursday.Full Story
Google is rolling out a feature that lets members of its online social network automatically find themselves in photos posted by friends.
The "Find My Face" feature being added to Google+ over the next several days is opt-in only, meaning people have to make a point to turn it on.Full Story
Yahoo! is adding a comedy channel to its online line-up, kicking it off with a "CrazyStupidPolitics" show starring Bill Maher live in Silicon Valley in February.
"Bill Maher's special is a groundbreaking event, not only for Yahoo! and Bill but for the Internet as the first ever, live, free broadcast online," said Erin McPherson, head of Yahoo! Video.Full Story
Twitter on Thursday began rolling out overhauled pages crafted to boost the appeal of the message-sharing service to worldwide users.
"At the very core there are fewer places you have to click and less you have to learn," Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said as he and other executives unveiled the changes at the flourishing startup's new San Francisco offices.Full Story
A plan to expand the number of Internet domain names came under fire in the US Congress on Thursday, a day after the head of the Federal Trade Commission said it could potentially be a "disaster."
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global body which manages the Domain Name System that forms the technical backbone of the Web, will begin taking applications in January for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), the suffixes such as .com, .net or .org.Full Story
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned Internet firms to avoid offering the "tools of oppression" to authoritarian Middle East regimes trying to crush democracy protests.
Clinton urged private companies to "embrace (their) role in protecting Internet freedom" and ensure protection of ordinary people as well as political activists.Full Story