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

Oracle gives MySQL Workbench a new look

Oracle has revamped the user interface for its MySQL Workbench administration software, streamlining a number of routine operations and adding some new time-saving features as well.

Legal ruling

Judge scolds Apple for lack of remorse in e-book antitrust case

A federal judge took Apple to task on Friday for showing no contrition about potentially defrauding its customers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

CSC buys Infochimps to extend data analysis services

Continuing to build a portfolio to offer data analysis as a service, systems integrator CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) has acquired PaaS (platform-as-a-service) startup Infochimps.

John Carmack

Computer game pioneer John Carmack joins virtual reality startup

John Carmack, the creator of Doom and Quake, is turning his sights to enabling the Oculus Rift headmounted display for game use.

HP consolidates record management applications

In a move to consolidate overlapping lines of software, Helwett-Packard is merging three of its records management products into a single offering, to be called HP Records Manager.

Microsoft eases development for Windows Phone apps

The new Windows Phone App Studio can be used to build new apps without coding.

Firefox, Chrome strengthen in-browser debugging

Mozilla and Google have updated their browsers with features to help developers more effectively write and debug their websites.

DigitalOcean

Rapidly growing DigitalOcean opens second NYC data center

Continuing its rapid expansion, cloud service provider DigitalOcean has opened a second facility in the greater New York metropolitan area -- a data center located in Google's gargantuan Manhattan facility.

W3C's Web Storage technology goes live

The World Wide Web Consortium has finalized its specification for Web Storage, a technology that would give Web applications more flexibility in storing data on user machines.

Age of Booty

Facebook offers promotional help to small game developers

Facebook has created a new program to encourage third-party developers to build games that will run on the company's mobile clients.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux gets cozy with MongoDB

Red Hat has coupled the 10gen MongoDB data store to its new identity management package for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution.

Facebook speeds PHP by crafting a PHP virtual machine

Social networking giant Facebook has taken another step at making the PHP Web programming language run more quickly. The company has developed a PHP Virtual Machine that it says can execute the language as much as nine times as quickly as running PHP natively on large systems.

CloudBees moves into data integration with FoxWeave buy

Java platform service provider CloudBees has acquired FoxWeave, a provider of cloud-based data integration services, with the intent of adding FoxWeave's data integration technology to its own growing stack of cloud services.

Google Chromecast

Google posts Chromecast development kit for third-party apps

Google is encouraging third-party developers to build, or augment, their own apps for the company's new Chromecast device for streaming content to TVs.

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java

Microsoft to offer Java as a service

Adding to a growing portfolio of enterprise software it offers as hosted services, Microsoft plans to add Java to its Windows Azure cloud service.