James NiccolaiIDG News Service

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

US Companies Pushed to Disclose Cyberattacks

Public companies may need to look more closely at their exposure to cyberattacks after new guidelines were released this week by the U.S. Securities and Exchange...

Zynga Gets More Social, More Violent

Zynga is making its games more social, but also more edgy, so players will be able to meet people more easily, then hack them to death with a chainsaw.

McNealy: I Would Have Run HP If They'd Asked Me

Scott McNealy, the former chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems, would have accepted the job of running Hewlett-Packard if he had been asked, he said this week.

Ex-Sun Boss McNealy Launches Social Gaming Startup

Scott McNealy has never been shy about sharing his opinions; now he wants everyone else to do the same.

Benioff Comes out Swinging at Oracle

The Salesforce.com chief continued his spat with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Wednesday morning -- and you might not see Marc Benioff at an Oracle conference again.

Despite Ellison Remark, Oracle Still a Fan of X86

It can't be easy working for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Just ask John Fowler, the head of Oracle's systems business, who's spent the past two weeks trying to...

HP Completes Autonomy Acquisition

Hewlett-Packard has secured enough shares of Autonomy to take control of the U.K. software company, HP announced Monday.

US Applies Brakes to Google-Motorola Merger

Google received a "second request" from the Justice Department asking for more details about the deal.

SPEC Tool to Improve Server-efficiency Ratings

SPEC, the standards body for performance benchmarks, has developed a tool-kit to help more accurately measure the energy efficiency of servers.

Oracle's Sparc SuperCluster Due by Year End

Oracle has launched its new Sparc T4 processor, along with new hardware that it hopes will turn up the heat on server rivals Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Five Hot Startups at Demo Fall

The economy is still in the doldrums but it's not such a bad time to be a startup. Cloud technologies like Amazon Web Services have made it less costly for new...

Intel Invests $24 Million in Seven Software Firms

Intel has invested US$24 million in seven software companies building products in areas it sees as important to its future, mostly to do with cloud-based...

Intel 'fully Committed' to MeeGo, Exec Says

Intel said Thursday it was "fully committed" to its MeeGo mobile OS despite its main partner, Nokia, having jumped ship earlier this year to partner with...

China Taps IBM Mainframe for Online Services

An IT services company in China has picked an IBM mainframe to provide online services for up to 300 million citizens.

Dell Offers Hosted Apps for SMBs

Just one day after Dell announced its first infrastructure-as-a-service offering, the company is jumping deeper into the cloud. Dell will offer a family of...