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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Xiaomi loses crown to networking vendor in massive China smartphone market

Huawei's shipments have grown rapidly to give it the top spot

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Dell and Microsoft announce 'Azure in a box' for $9,000 a month at Dell World

Dell and Microsoft have teamed up to sell a converged system that combines servers, storage and software in a pre-integrated box which they say can connect easily to Microsoft's Azure cloud services.

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Dell targets hyperscale wannabes with new line of bare-bones servers

Dell released a new family of servers on Tuesday for companies that want some of the benefits of hyper-scale data centers without having to do the custom engineering work.

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Fujitsu puts Sparc M10 servers in the cloud for big retailers

Fujitsu has launched a managed cloud service for retailers based on the Oracle Commerce Platform and Fujitsu's M10 servers running Solaris

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Intel's itty-bitty Curie CPU for wearables is coming to Arduino early next year

Hardware enthusiasts who want to start tinkering with Intel's tiny Curie chip will be able to get their hands on it early next year in the form of an Arduino development board.

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Apple loses patent case over A7 chip, could face $860 million in damages

A jury has decided that Apple's A7 smartphone chip infringes a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin, and the iPhone maker could be on the hook for as much as $862 million in damages.

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Dell will buy EMC for $67 billion in record tech takeover

Dell has agreed to acquire EMC in a cash-and-shares deal valuing the company at $67 billion, the companies announced Monday.

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Developers getting more help with heterogenous processors

An effort to help developers get the most out of heterogeneous processors inched forward this week, promising to improve performance and reduce power consumption in applications for smartphones all the way up to high-performance computers.

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Qualcomm enters server CPU market with 24-core ARM chip

Qualcomm has revealed its plans to enter the server CPU market with a custom processor based on a design from UK chip company ARM.

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IBM chases Intel with new Power-based Linux servers sold over the Web

IBM is gunning for a slice of Intel's x86 server chip business with a new family of Power systems that run Linux and will be sold directly to customers over the Web.

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Jack Dorsey named Twitter CEO, Bain appointed COO

Twitter has made co-founder Jack Dorsey its new CEO, ending months of speculation and handing him the tough task of turning around the company's sluggish user growth.

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Microsoft offers businesses a 'premium' network link to Office 365

Microsoft has rolled out a premium service called Azure ExpressRoute, which allows businesses to connect to Office 365 via a private, managed wide area network instead of the public Internet.

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Thousands of medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, security researchers say

Thousands of medical devices, including MRI scanners, x-ray machines and drug infusion pumps, are vulnerable to hacking, creating significant health risks for patients, security researchers said this week.

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This is how the future looks with IBM Watson and 'perfect data'

Watson's AI services will bring us unparalleled convenience, untold marketing opportunities, and zero privacy