Joab JacksonU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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ACLU urges court to block NSA's continued phone records collection

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the NSA back to court over its data collection practices.

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Microsoft bulks up Azure virtual machines

The new Microsoft Azure GS-series virtual machines are made for demanding database-driven workloads.

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HP beefs up enterprise security suite with tools to root out malware, app vulnerabilites

Hewlett-Packard has added machine learning analysis capabilities to its Fortify application testing service, and introduced a new service for checking DNS requests for malware attacks.

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VMware pitches network virtualization for better security

While the idea of network virtualization has been around a while, it has not been adopted in the enterprise as quickly as virtualization for servers. Now, VMware, one of the biggest proponents of virtualizing the entire data center, is touting one tangible benefit to the virtual network: better security.

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VMware touts new technologies for managing containers and live migration of virtual machines

At the VMworld conference in San Francisco, VMware demonstrated how to move a live virtual machine across two different data centers, and showed off its new container management software.

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Developers can now use Embarcadero's RAD Studio for Windows 10 apps

Embarcadero released RAD Studio 10 Seattle, a big upgrade of its rapid application development platform.

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VMware rounds out data center virtualization stack

VMware has updated its stack of data center virtualization software with capabilities that allow an organization to run an entire data center operation and related cloud services as a single unified entity.

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Intel reveals big data's dirty little secret

Companies are spending billions on tools and engineering for big data-styled analysis, though many are hampered by one little problem: They still don't know what to do with all the data they collect.

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Ex-Apple CEO Sculley's new firm preps stylish budget phones for Asia

Obi Worldphone, a company founded by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley has launched a set of low-cost yet stylish smartphones aimed for emerging wireless markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Yahoo woos mobile developers with help on ads, reporting, more

Yahoo has updated its mobile development suite to give programmers more tools to build out their apps, including the introduction of real-time analytics, a way to embed advertisements, and connectivity to Tumblr.

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Google's container management service exits beta, gets uptime guarantee

Google has made it official. It is now offering the Google Container Service as a commercial service, allowing customers run full micro-services architecture on the Google Cloud

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IBM extends Spectrum storage line into the cloud

IBM has expanded two products in its Spectrum line of software-based storage offerings to allow customers to build hybrid storage systems by combining in-house Spectrum deployments with IBM Cloud storage services.

Salesforce platform gets a new look and feel

Salesforce is updating its user interface, offering customers a modern cross-platform design with greater flexibility.

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How Facebook engineers conquer elusive app memory leaks

Facebook reveals techniques it used to reduced the number of elusive memory errors that would crash its iOS app

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Former Google engineer revs up a new Linux filesystem

An ex-Googler is writing a file system, Bcachefs, to match the speed of traditional Linux file systems with the advanced scalability and reliability of newer file systems.