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Google Cracks Down on Misleading, Intrusive Apps in Play Store

Android apps that provide what Google deems a "poor user experience" will be banned.

Oracle's Wooing of CentOS Users Raises Questions

Some members of the business Linux community greet Oracle security claims with skepticism.

Gigamon Set to Go Public, Could Fetch $100M

Advanced network management and visibility tools are thought to be important to future IT deployments, as cloud computing, BYOD and other factors fuel an increase in the complexity and load size that business networks must handle.

Reddit Bans Major Publications for Allegedly Spamming And/or Cheating

Reddit, a popular link-sharing and discussion site, announced this week that it has begun blocking content from entire domains.

Encryption Tips from WWII

Secret wartime projects drove "incredible" advances, and the German Enigma cypher machine is still a challenge for codebreakers.

Tech World Preps to Honor 'Father of Computer Science' Alan Turing, as Centenary Nears

Listening to the way people in the world of technology talk about Alan Turing, it's difficult to believe that the English computer scientist isn't more of a household name.

Linaro Offers Up to 100% Speed Boost for Android

Open-source nonprofit's engineers say they've made major Android Ice Cream Sandwich performance strides.

Most OpenOffice Users Run Windows

Nearly 9 out of 10 downloads of the new version of OpenOffice have been for Windows machines, rather than Linux, according to recently released statistics from Apache.

From Laptop to Legion - Turning One Computer Into Many

Plugable looking to kickstart open-source thin client business.

Running the 'World's Largest Temporary Network' is No Easy Task

Putting on a major convention like Interop Las Vegas requires Herculean efforts on several fronts.

Social Predators Still Gaming the System on Facebook

Despite an increasingly severe crackdown by the ubiquitous social network, malicious activity and spam on Facebook are still both widespread and profitable.

Red Hat's Reaction to Microsoft's Open-source Spinoff: Welcome! (mostly)

Microsoft's new Open Technologies unit to advance company's interests in the open-source market

OpenStreetMap is a Surprising Threat to Google Maps

The announcement last week that the Wikimedia Foundation will switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap for its cartographic needs marks the latest in an increasingly long line of high-profile defections.

Mozart on the Mousepad

If you like the idea of going to an orchestra concert but hate the thought of having to watch flesh-and-blood musicians perform (two words: spit valve), an event called SLEO may have you covered.

Firefox Makes Progress on Metro Version

Designing a Windows 8 Metro interface for the Mozilla browser "extremely important," platform engineer says.