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

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Oracle builds a bridge to Salesforce.com with new adapter

The adapter allows organizations to synchronize Salesforce.com and on-premises applications

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IBM pumps $1.2 billion into global cloud data centers

IBM will build 15 new data centers, giving the company a total of 40 around the globe for cloud services

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Microsoft expands open-source efforts in Asia

Microsoft is opening an open-source subsidiary in China

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IBM X series servers now pack Flash into speedy DIMM slots

IBM will offer X servers in both four-socket and eight-socket configurations

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Twitter now requires encrypted API communication

Third party Twitter apps must now converse with Twitter through the SSL protocol

Patch Tuesday: Fairly quiet on the Microsoft front

Security analysts advise applying critical Oracle and Adobe patches before those from Microsoft.

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Nginx woos the enterprise with new commercial release

Nginx Plus offers more ways to route traffic among multiple Java components

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IBM bets big on Watson-branded cognitive computing

IBM will dedicate a third of its research projects to cognitive computing, IBM execs revealed at the launch of its Watson business unit

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IBM launches business unit to make Watson a moneymaker

The newly formed Watson Business Group will be based in New York and offer cognitive computing systems and services for industry

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MIT's new algorithm could solve thorny optimization problems

Mathematicians introduce a formula that reduces the time it takes to calculate the best path through a network

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GitHub cranks delivery speeds, adds analytics

The world's most popular Git hosted service now has page analytics and improved security

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Wolfram offers data analysis stack to device makers

At CES, Wolfram is pitching its numerical analysis middleware as the lingua franca for the so-called Internet of Things

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Facebook uses a seasoned Chef to keep servers simmering

Facebook found that the Chef configuration management system was best suited to controlling the company's massive infrastructure

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IBM adds a fancy scheduler to its OpenStack stack

IBM modifies its Platform Computing Scheduler to work with OpenStack

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IDC: Hobbyist programmers on the rise

Amateur programmers are becoming increasingly more prevalent in the IT landscape, a new IDC study has found.