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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Ellison's team pulls off stunning America's Cup comeback

He may have angered his customers in the process, but Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA completed a stunning comeback on Wednesday to snatch the America's Cup sailing trophy from New Zealand in the last race of the competition.

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Fujitsu will stick with Unix to keep IBM in check, exec says

With the Unix market seemingly in permanent decline, it’s easy to see why smaller players might drop out. But Fujitsu says it’s in it for the long haul.

Big investor gets option to join Microsoft board

ValueAct Capital, one of Microsoft's biggest investors, has secured the right to appoint its president to the software giant's board of directors.

Imagination to battle ARM with MIPS server chips

Imagination is the U.K. company that designs the iPhone's and iPad's graphics chips.

Dell profit slides 72 percent as privatization battle drags on

Dell reported a 72 percent drop in profit on Thursday, a month before an expected shareholder vote that could shape the future of the company.

Oracle trots out virtualization appliance, taking on NetApp and EMC

Oracle has joined the market for pre-integrated systems intended to ease the process of setting up and managing a virtualized compute environment.

Publishers say e-book restrictions would hurt them, not Apple

Five book publishers have objected to restrictions that would be placed on Apple's business after it was found guilty last month of conspiring to fix prices for e-books.

US vetoes import ban on Apple over Samsung patent claim

The Obama administration has vetoed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain Apple products to the U.S. on the grounds they infringed a Samsung Electronics technology patent.

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Data center innovator Ken Brill dies at 68

Ken Brill, founder of the Uptime Institute and a forward thinker in data center design and operations, died this week at the age of 68, the Institute said on Thursday. The cause was cancer, a spokesman said.

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Sidecar warns drivers to steer clear of airport after arrests

Sidecar is advising its drivers to steer clear of San Francisco International Airport after officials there started issuing citations to drivers for picking up and dropping off passengers.

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'Broadwell'-based chip to help Intel challenge low-power rivals

Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips.

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Yahoo buys Chinese startup Ztelic to boost R&D

Yahoo has made yet another acquisition, this time picking up Beijing-based data analysis startup Ztelic to boost its research and development efforts in China.

Intel expects $150 Atom-powered Android tablets on shelves this year

Upcoming Atom chips from Intel will appear in tablets priced as low as $150, the company's CEO said Wednesday, vowing that Intel will not get caught flat footed again by "the next big thing."

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Shooting in building where AirBnB is based leaves two dead

The offices of Zynga, Pinterest, AirBnB and other companies in San Francisco's South of Market District were under lockdown Friday after a shooting at a nearby store located in the same building as AirBnB's headquarters.

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Move over, Linpack: Supercomputers get new performance test

The developer of the most widely used test for ranking the performance of supercomputers has said his metric is out of date and proposed a new test that will be introduced starting in November.