James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Breaking up is hard to do, but HP won't look back

The split will be 'the biggest separation that's ever been done,' HP's CEO said

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Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

The final amount still depends on whether Apple loses an appeal on another ruling.

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Intel will merge PC and mobile CPU groups, just as the devices themselves are converging

The company hopes that the united groups will succeed better together. Given the mobile group's huge losses recently, it couldn't hurt.

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Report: The U.S. is putting fake cell towers in planes to spy on people

The so-called "dirtboxes" are used to locate criminals, but they can pick up a lot of other people's phones along the way.

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Facebook gives its server racks a Tesla touch

It's using lithium-ion batteries, like those in electric cars, to replace lead-acid batteries for backup power

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Virtual reality goes 3D with Samsung's Project Beyond camera

It looks like a UFO, but Samsung says it's real. Project Beyond's array of cameras can deliver 3D livestreams to Samsung's Gear VR virtual reality headset.

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Dell looks to wow clients with a new type of converged system

The PowerEdge FX has a modular design that can be configured for different workloads

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Michael Dell gets his payback, slams 'turmoil' at HP and IBM

Dell's CEO enjoyed a moment of schadenfreude at Dell World on Tuesday

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HP gives Moonshot server its first Xeon chip

The ProLiant m710 is designed for application delivery and video transcoding

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Google asks Supreme Court to decide Oracle's Android copyright case

The Supreme Court might weigh in on the extent to which APIs can be protected by copyright

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Rohm shows the Swiss army knife of sensors

Rohm's wearable key device is a prototype built to show manufacturers what they can do with its components

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Mazda's adaptive headlights let you keep your high-beams on without annoying everyone

Mazda is developing low-cost technology that automatically adjusts a car's headlights when another car is approaching

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Toshiba's smart glasses ditch Google's over-the-lens prism

The glasses use a projector like Google Glass but aren't wireless.

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HP will split itself in two, separating PCs and printers from enterprise business

CEO Meg Whitman will head Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, while PC and printer business head Dion Weisler will run HP Inc.

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Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year to build Android phones

Microsoft says Samsung is trying to avoid its future payments.