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

PostgreSQL 9.3 communicates well with others

For this year's annual update to PostgreSQL, the developers behind the open source database have added several new ways to communicate with other databases and data storage systems.

Court bars Apple from making industry-wide ebook deals

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The federal judge presiding over the U.S. electronic books case against Apple has barred the company from striking deals that would ensure that it could undercut prices of other retailers in the e-book market.

Report: The NSA pays millions for U.S. telecom access

The government pays out "hundreds of millions of dollars" each year to telecom companies in order to spy on you, according to the Washington Post.

Feds developing guidelines to help businesses to better secure their IT systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft of its preliminary cybersecurity framework and is seeking feedback from industry.

IBM starts restricting hardware patches to paying customers

IBM has started to require visitors of the IBM Fix Central website to provide a serial number in order to download a patch or update.

VMware brings Suse Linux to newly launched cloud service

Users of Suse Linux can purchase a fully supported version of the OS directly from VMware by year's end.

VMware sets sites on network virtualization

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used his opening keynote speech at the company's annual VMworld conference to emphasize plans to virtualize networks with the aim of achieving the success in virtualizing servers.

VMware adds networking, storage to its virtual data center stack

At the kick-off of its annual VMworld user conference, being held this week in San Francisco, VMware will fill in more layers of its software stack for running its envisioned software defined data center (SDDC).

HyTrust enforces two-person approval for VMware security

Following up on customer feedback from U.S. intelligence agencies, VMware security systems provider HyTrust has updated its virtual security appliance so actions taken by administrators can be delayed until external approval for that action is granted.

Appcelerator gets API smarts with Singly buy

Mobile application development tools vendor Appcelerator has acquired Singly, a provider of API (application programming interface) management software, the two companies announced.

Nginx Web server goes commercial with new release

Nginx is releasing a commercial edition of its namesake open source Web server software, called Nginx Plus, which it will market as a software alternative to application delivery controllers (ADCs).

HP equips WorkSite with file-sharing service

Hewlett-Packard has launched a file storage service for users of its Autonomy WorkSite document management software that it promises can be more helpful than consumer-focused hosted file services.

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NYSE builds business around resilient infrastructure services

After the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) learned some valuable lessons in keeping a time-sensitive financial trading network alive during a time of crisis.

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Dell Foglight vanquishes zombie VMs

With an update to its Foglight for Virtualization software package, Dell can now help organizations rid their systems of resource-sucking zombie virtual machines.

IBM, Verizon to compete for $10 billion in government cloud work

IBM, Verizon and eight other companies will compete for US$10 billion worth of work to help move the U.S. Department of the Interior's IT systems to the cloud.