James NiccolaiIDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service.

Yahoo calls press conference amid Tumblr acquisition rumors

Yahoo has called a mystery press event in New York City on Monday afternoon, hot on the heels of rumors that it plans to buy Tumblr for US$1 billion.

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Falling PC sales cause Dell's profit to dive

Dell reported another quarter of declining profits and revenue Thursday as CEO Michael Dell continues his fight to take the company private.

Swedish data center saves $1 million a year using seawater for cooling

A data center in Sweden has cut its energy bills by a million dollars a year using seawater to cool its servers, though jellyfish are an occasional hazard.

Data centers show signs of 'green fatigue'

A new survey from the Uptime Institute suggests fatigue is setting in when it comes to making data centers greener, and it may be partly due to overachievers like Google and Microsoft.

Syria 'disappears' from the Internet, security firm says

Internet traffic to and from Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, appears to have dried up.

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Interview: Dell software chief talks transformation

John Swainson has one of the more challenging jobs in the tech industry right now. As president of Dell's software division, he's charged with sorting through all the software Dell has acquired and organizing it into coherent offerings that can further its effort to become a more profitable, software- and services-driven company.

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Dell corrals acquired products for BYOD market

Dell has pulled together products it gained from its recent acquisitions into a series of BYOD offerings, though it faces the challenge of selling them at a time when the company's ownership hangs in the balance.

IBM-Lenovo deal likely to focus on low-end, commodity servers, analyst says

Any deal by IBM to sell parts of its server business to Lenovo is likely to focus on low-end commodity x86 hardware, not higher-end x86 systems such as IBM's PureSystems and iDataPlex servers, an industry analyst said Thursday.

Plummeting CPU sales drive down AMD revenue

Advanced Micro Devices reported a 31 percent drop in revenue for the first quarter as it continues to battle a weak PC market and lackluster demand for its chips.

Reports: IBM may sell x86 server business to Lenovo

IBM is in "advanced discussions" with Lenovo over a possible deal for it to purchase IBM's x86 server business, according to two news reports Thursday.

Hackers said to have attacked WordPress blogs

Security firms have been tracking an escalating number of "brute force" attacks against WordPress installations.

New data center survey shows mediocre results for energy efficiency

A new survey suggests that large data centers might be less energy efficient than was previously thought.

Hewlett-Packard: Tough years for a Silicon Valley pioneer

From pretexting to Autonomy, here's a timeline of Hewlett-Packard management changes.

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Facebook addresses concerns of how Home affects privacy

Facebook has posted a Q&A on its website about the privacy implications of its new Facebook Home software for Android phones, though it was unclear if it has addressed all the concerns raised.

HP Chairman Ray Lane steps down amid discontent over Autonomy

Hewlett-Packard's Ray Lane is giving up his role as chairman amid ongoing shareholder disapproval of HP's troubled Autonomy acquisition.