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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Computers may soon know you better than your spouse

Researchers found that statistical modeling software could accurately assess someone's basic personality traits using their Facebook likes

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IBM attributes patent success to global diversity

IBM tops the list of producers of U.S. patents again in 2014, a success it attributes to the global span of its research labs

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Microsoft adds key management to Azure cloud

A new Azure vault provides a way to store encryption keys in the cloud

Standards bodies join forces to create better geolocation Web data

The W3C and OGC pledge to ease the path for developing location-enriched Web data

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Weather forecasting made (slightly) easier with updated NOAA system

The National Weather Service could offer more accurate long-term forecasts by October

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Report: Verizon may be planning to buy AOL

Verizon Wireless may plant AOL's digital ad service in its mobile video services, according to Bloomberg

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Compuware preps the mainframe for younger IT pros

Compuware's Topaz platform will provide graphical interfaces for mainframe management

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MIT unifies Web development in a single, speedy new language

Ur/Web bundles the Web development stack into a compiled programming language

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Study: E-readers, tablets can disrupt sleep

The blue-heavy light of electronic devices can throw off circadian rhythms

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Judge nixes HP's settlement of shareholder suit over Autonomy

HP's proposed settlement to shareholders could let the company of the hook for far too much, a judge ruled

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Three ways enterprise software is changing

Today's IT shops must grapple with analysis, cloud computing and DevOps

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The 'grinch' isn't a Linux vulnerability, Red Hat says

The way Linux handles user permissions could still lead to potential misuse, security researchers say

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Human error root cause of November Microsoft Azure outage

The November 18-19 outage was caused by an update that Microsoft personnel assumed to be sound, but wasn't

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IBM detects skin cancer more quickly with visual machine learning

Cognitive computing could improve the ability to spot melanoma early on

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Google Cloud offers streamlined Ubuntu for Docker use

Ubuntu Core provides a minimal Lightweight Linux environment for running containers