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The developer of the most widely used test for ranking the performance of supercomputers has said his metric is out of date and proposed a new test that will be introduced starting in November.

Ex-Windows 8 chief agrees not to badmouth Microsoft, gets stock payout

Microsoft's former head of Windows 8 development has agreed not to badmouth Microsoft or work for some of its competitors and in return will receive a payout for unvested stock in the company, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Intel Labs shows wireless technology that links many screens into one giant display

Intel shows off a wireless technology the company is cooking up in its labs that's supposed to make displays of all kinds more flexible and useful.

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U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage, report says

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked information about U.S. government mass surveillance programs, has been charged by the U.S. with espionage, the Washington Post reported Friday.

CIOs bemoan lock-in and the 'false flexibility' of the cloud

Despite the promise of portability from service providers, the reality of the cloud for big customers is a similar type of lock-in as they experience with on-premise apps vendors such as Oracle and SAP, two CIOs said Tuesday.

Facebook designing network fabric to meet massive performance needs

With more than a billion monthly active users, it's easy to imagine that most of the data travelling over Facebook's networks is delivering photos, status updates and "likes" to its end users, but that's far from the case.

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Open Data Center Alliance tackles big data analysis

The Open Data Center Alliance, a customer group that shares tips about cloud deployments and tries to nudge vendors into supplying the products they want, has added big data to the list of IT topics it covers.

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Intel, Microsoft see their influence slip as mobile and Android ascend at Computex

Surging tablet sales and the muted response to Windows 8 have opened the door for Android at this year's Computex and exposed deeper cracks in the Wintel powerhouse of Windows software and Intel chips.

Eight questions about Windows 8 for Microsoft manufacturing chief Nick Parker

Nick Parker has one of the more interesting jobs in the PC business right now. As corporate vice president for Microsoft's OEM division, he manages the company's relationships with PC manufacturers, including sales and licensing of Windows.

Microsoft to include Outlook app with update to Windows 8 RT

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Microsoft is bringing its Outlook email program to Windows 8 RT in a bid to expand the availability of Windows tablets based on low-power ARM processors.

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Nvidia sturdies its Shield gaming handheld prior to release

Nvidia's CEO showed an updated version of the company's Shield portable gaming device at the Computex trade show Tuesday, and said it will start shipping the device later this month to customers who pre-ordered it.

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Nvidia says Tegra 4 can power a better, cheaper stylus

Nvidia is usually trumpeting the graphics performance of its Tegra 4 chip, but at the Computex trade show on Tuesday CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed how its newest processor can be used to create a precise, affordable stylus for tablets.

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