James NiccolaiIDG News Service

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

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Google buys BufferBox, a parcel storage service for shoppers

Google has bought some more storage, but not the digital kind. The company has acquired BufferBox, a Canadian startup that offers temporary storage lockers where people can receive online purchases when they're not at home.

Whitman says HP '100 percent committed' to Autonomy products

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has moved to reassure customers that the future of its Autonomy product line is safe, a day after HP disclosed an alleged accounting scandal at the company it acquired last year.

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Microsoft-Motorola trial ends first phase, with judge to set fair royalty rate

The presiding judge will now try to calculate what he thinks is a fair royalty rate for Motorola's patents

Judge accepts $22.5 million Google fine in Safari privacy case

A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser.

Google in talks with Dish to build wireless network, report says

It already sells phones and tablets, provides a wealth of online services and has been laying high-speed fiber to people's homes. Now Google is apparently considering a wireless network service as well.

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Dell profit slides 47 percent amid weak PC market

Dell Thursday reported a sharp drop in revenue and profits for the third quarter as the weak PC market continued to weigh on its results.

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Microsoft, Google square off over patent royalty rates

The patent trial could help establish how royalty rates are calculated for standards-essential patents

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Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Windows 8, is leaving the company -- a decision Microsoft characterized as a mutual one.

Dell testing 64-bit ARM server with chip from AppliedMicro

Dell has built a prototype server based on a 64-bit ARM processor from Applied Micro Circuits, which showed the system at a conference in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

AMD to sell ARM-based server chips in 2014

Advanced Micro Devices has announced it will sell ARM-based server processors in 2014, ending its exclusive commitment to the x86 architecture and adding a new dimension to its decades-old battle with Intel.

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AMD expected to unveil ARM-based server on Monday

AMD has called a press conference for Monday where it's likely to announce plans for a SeaMicro server based on an upcoming 64-bit processor design from ARM.

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Qualcomm to open 2013 CES in place of Microsoft

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs will give the opening keynote at the giant Consumer Electronics Show in January, a logical choice for an event whose focus is increasingly mobile, but one that might not garner the attention of a Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer appearance.

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Foxconn factory workers strike, stall iPhone 5 production

Thousands of workers went on strike at a Foxconn factory in China on Friday, bringing some iPhone 5 production lines to a halt, a labor rights group said.

Clover Trail tablets pitched as workplace-friendly

Some of the tablet makers at a launch event for Intel's "Clover Trail" processor emphasized the business smarts of their products as a way to distinguish them from Apple's market-leading iPad.

Google's Brin predicts self-driving cars for 'ordinary people'

Google is known for setting ambitious targets for itself, and it's apparently making no exception for self-driving cars. Such "autonomous vehicles" will be a reality for "ordinary people" in less than five years, Google CEO Sergey Brin said on Tuesday.

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