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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HP is now two companies. How did it get here?

HP officially becomes two companies on Sunday. The split follows more than a decade in which HP had more than its share of scandals and corporate missteps.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison decries poor state of security, says he's fixed it

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison has put better security at the heart of his pitch for the company's new products, though it could be a tough sell for a man who's long claimed his products are "unbreakable."

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Intel buys cognitive computing startup Saffron

With IBM pouring millions of dollars into the emerging field of cognitive computing, Intel got in on the act Monday by announcing its acquisition of Saffron.

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Oracle just made its biggest Sparc announcement since buying Sun

Oracle announced a new line of Sparc servers at OpenWorld on Monday based on a new processor called the M7, the first designed entirely in house by Oracle.

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Google says it's 'rethinking everything' around machine learning

Reporting its third-quarter earnings Thursday, Google also talked about how vital machine learning will be to its future.

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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.