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Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

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TPC takes the measure of big data systems

The fresh TPCx-HS benchmark could provide an apples-to-apples comparison of commercial Hadoop systems

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Arise, Swarmbots! Harvard lets loose army of independent robots

The Harvard Kilobots provide a glimpse into how machines can mimic biological processes

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Docker gets a GitHub-like repository from CoreOS

The recently purchased Quay.io provides the software and services for CoreOS to run a Docker hub

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday focuses on Internet Explorer

Microsoft issued 29 patches for its browser, including one that covers a critical vulnerability.

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Dell bundles backup software, eyes further development

Dell embarks on the path of becoming a full-fledged storage software vendor

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IBM focuses on identity management with Lighthouse buy

The Lighthouse acquisition will bring IBM the ability to offer identity management as a service

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Google's latest big-data tool, Mesa, aims for speed

Mesa can hold petabytes of data across multiple servers while fielding millions of updates and queries per day

IBM's new brain-mimicking chip could power the Internet of Things

The IBM TrueNorth brain-inspired prototype processor offers the equivalent of 256 million synapses

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Oracle issues a virtual strongbox for enterprise encryption keys

Oracle Key Vault provides a central repository for storing enterprise encryption keys

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Pivotal packages a lighter Java Web application stack

The Pivotal App Suite collects Spring, Tomcat, Redis, RabbitMQ and other components in one integrated package

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HP trims its cloud offer for lighter use

The HP Helion "lean" infrastructure service is aimed towards running collaboration suites or virtual desktops

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Next-gen HTTP Web acceleration protocol nears completion

The HTTP/2 protocol will speed Web delivery, though also may put more strain on Web servers as a result.

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MongoDB snags key Oracle engineer

The chief architect behind Oracle 6, Roger Bamford will be helping MongoDB mature its namesake NoSQL database

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PHP gets a formal specification, at last

A new formal PHP specification sets the stage for additional implementations of the language

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Red Hat aims at standardization with Linux for 64-bit ARM servers

Red Hat wants Linux for ARM servers to avoid the fragmentation that plagued Unix in decades past