Juan Carlos PerezAssistant News Editor, IDG News Service

Juan Carlos Perez covers e-commerce, Google, Web application development, and cloud applications for the IDG News Service, and is based in Miami.

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Dropbox plays nicer with Web apps

The cloud storage company added webhooks technology for better communication with servers

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update requirement generates confusion

The reasons and conditions for demanding that customers install this OS update are arbitrary and contradictory. Why is Microsoft doing this?

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Microsoft's Lync plants its flag in Android tablets

Android users of the unified communications product now also can add participants to a meeting in progress

Microsoft trumpets Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1, but reviews vary

Some users commenting about Windows Phone 8.1's browser complain about how it handles tabs.

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Box's note-taking app exits beta, rolls out to customers

Box Notes is a lightweight content creation tool for real-time, collaborative work.

Box zings rivals with massive GE customer win

GE plans to roll out Box's cloud storage and file sharing service to its 300,000 employees.

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Education app vendors beware: Google wants to be teachers' pet

The company is prepping classroom aide software for its Apps for Education suite

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CEOs may look twice at IBM's new security suite, services as Target's head rolls

New security products and services from Big Blue are aimed at preventing nightmare data theft scenarios

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Microsoft sharpens encryption management tools

The 2014 version of the IT administration tool suite includes an improved BitLocker management component

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Cisco retires WebEx Social, partners with Jive instead

The companies will market a suite that includes WebEx Meetings, Jabber and Jive enterprise social networking software

Google breaks out Docs, Sheets from Drive mobile app

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A separate mobile app for the Slides presentation tool is also in the works

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Google stops scanning Gmail messages for ads in Apps for Education

Google's practice of serving ads based on the content of Gmail messages has long been controversial

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Google+ tremors rattle Apps suite

Vic Gundotra's departure raises questions about the social network's future, including its role for enterprise customers

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Microsoft boosts OneDrive for Business storage to 1 TB

Red-hot competition is driving cloud storage vendors to increase capacity and cut prices.

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Quip issues API for mobile word processor, aims it at enterprise IT

The startup is also preparing presentation and spreadsheet apps