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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Silk Road operators developed a taste for murder

Silk Road administrators may have had five swindlers murdered, or they may have been duped by con artists themselves.

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MIT randomizes tasks to speed massive multicore processors

Researchers developed an algorithm that randomly assigns tasks to each core

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Amazon returns to profit as holiday sales soar

The company will break out Amazon Web Services sales next quarter, it said.

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FBI consultant: Silk Road founder carried millions worth of bitcoins on laptop

Most of the money was transferred from Silk Road servers, according to documents filed in the case against Ross Ulbricht.

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Silk Road dealer found a hungry market for mail order drugs

A former drug dealer testifies that he made $70,000 a month selling heroin on the undergound marketplace

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Silk Road paid thousands in shake-downs from malicious hackers

The Silk Road online drug marketplace was routinely bedeviled by extortionists

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Microsoft's stream processing engine boosts Bing, Azure services

Microsoft Research built Trill to radically speed up queries against real-time data

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Enterprises can now use Dell's Kace appliance to manage Chromebooks

The Kace K1000 enterprise asset management software can also keep tabs on many other types of devices

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All the feds needed to do to ID Silk Road's founder was Google it

An IRS investigation of Silk Road tied a crucial Gmail account to the defendant's laptop.

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Microsoft to acquire R language powerhouse Revolution Analytics

Microsoft will plant the R statistical language in its Azure machine learning services

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Friend of Silk Road creator details early days of the site

Richard Bates testified that he helped Ross Ulbricht troubleshoot the site, which later became an online marketplace for illegal products

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Prosecutors tighten case against alleged Silk Road mastermind

Anonymous TorChats and a journal highlight the activities of Silk Road operator

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Silk Road trial needs more evidence for Mt. Gox connection

The defense for Ross Ulbricht did not offer sufficient proof for introducing Mt. Gox into court, the judge warned

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Big Data Digest: How many Hadoops do we need?

This week in big data news, brings a new data processing framework, and computers that are more intimate with your feelings

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Facebook open-sources new AI smarts

Facebook has released machine modules for improving machine vision and pattern recognition