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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IBM's Power chips hit the big time at Google

Google and Rackspace are designing a server based on IBM's upcoming Power9 processor, a sure sign that Intel is no longer the only game in town for cloud service providers.

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Oracle seeks $8.8 billion for Google’s use of Java in Android

Oracle is seeking as much as $8.8 billion in damages in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, court filings show.

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Oracle winds up legal machine, lobs copyright lawsuit at HPE

Oracle has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Hewlett Packard Enterprise, claiming HPE was part of an illegal scheme to sell Solaris support services to Oracle customers.

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FBI says it may have found a way to unlock shooter's iPhone

The FBI says it may have discovered a way to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters, and the agency has asked a judge to postpone a court hearing in the matter that was scheduled for Tuesday.

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Oracle profit slides despite rapid growth in cloud

Oracle reported its fourth consecutive quarter of declining revenue on Tuesday, as rapid growth in its cloud business failed to make up for weak demand for more traditional products.

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Google has joined Facebook's Open Compute Project and submitted a 48-volt rack design

Google has joined Facebook's Open Compute Project and proposed a new design for server racks that could help cloud data centers cut their energy bills.

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HPE will take on Nutanix and Cisco with hyperconverged system

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will enter the fast-growing market for hyperconverged systems with a new product that it plans to unveil this month, CEO Meg Whitman said Thursday..

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As encryption debate rages, inventors of public key encryption win prestigious Turing Award

The inventors of public key cryptography have won the 2015 Turing Award, just as a contentious debate kicks off in Washington over how much protection encryption should really offer.

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The Apple-FBI encryption dispute: What tech leaders have said so far

In the week since Apple said it would do battle with the FBI over its request for access to a smartphone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, tech industry leaders have been weighing in with their views.

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Most Americans support the FBI over Apple, Pew study finds

Most Americans think that Apple should help the FBI unlock a smartphone used by one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino mass shooting, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

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Donald Trump says you should boycott Apple because it won't help the FBI

Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Apple products over its refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters.

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Butterfly Labs can't afford the $39M fine to settle charges it duped bitcoin hopefuls

Butterfly Labs and two employees have settled charges they deceived thousands of people by keeping payments for bitcoin mining systems that were never delivered.

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IBM dangles $5 million prize for major breakthroughs using Watson

IBM has been encouraging developers to build apps using its Watson artificial intelligence system, which it hopes will be a big money maker for the company in the future. It kicked off the latest effort on Wednesday, pledging $5 million in prize money to whoever makes the biggest breakthroughs with Watson by 2020.

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Google is said to endorse ARM server chips, but don't get excited yet

Google will give its public backing to Qualcomm's ARM server chip next week, according to a report Wednesday, but history suggests it's too early to draw conclusions.

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Yahoo to slash jobs and close web properties in major turnaround plan

Yahoo will cut 15 percent of its workforce and close some online services in a major turnaround plan announced Tuesday.