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

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.

Wall Street

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.

Microsoft yanks troublesome Exchange security patch

This is the second month in a row that Microsoft has withdrawn a patch because it could cause problems for the system it was designed to repair.

Facebook's Graph Search puts Apache Giraph on the map

Move over Hadoop, there is another highly scalable data-processing powerhouse in town: Apache Giraph. Facebook is using the technology to bring a new style of search to its billion users.

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.

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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.