Katherine NoyesU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers enterprise software in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software.

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Salesforce tackles the IoT head-on with 'Thunder' and a new cloud

A new cloud offering from Salesforce aims to turn the Internet of Things into the "Internet of Customers."

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Not impressed by smartwatches? That could soon change

There's explosive growth in store for the wearables market, driven largely by an expanding list of smartwatch vendors, devices, experiences and price points.

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That TSA-approved lock on your suitcase just got hacked

Images of the TSA's master luggage keys have been published online, meaning that anyone with a 3D printer can make their own.

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There still aren't enough tech workers, and enterprises are paying the price

The shortage of qualified IT workers has been an ongoing problem in the business world for many years already, and new research suggests there's no end in sight.

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OpenText pitches big data service, first in a planned series for analytics

Its built-in columnar database is up to 1,000 times faster than traditional relational databases, the company claims

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Use Slack? This bot can give you a bunch of handy metrics

Slack's user base is growing rapidly, but it's a safe bet that few of the companies paying for the service have a detailed understanding of how their users are putting it to work. Enter Slackalytics, a new textual analysis bot that promises a wealth of insight.

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Microsoft puts the focus on focus in Dynamics CRM 2016

The next major release of Microsoft's Dynamics CRM will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, and its unifying theme will be helping sales teams stay focused on the task at hand.

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Dropbox's head of enterprise says collaboration will set it apart

Ross Piper, Dropbox's vice president of enterprise, will play a key role in his company's efforts to justify its most recent $10 billion valuation, even as it continues to compete in the consumer space as well.


Amazon snaps up Elemental to boost video on AWS

Amazon will acquire Elemental Technologies in a bid to enrich the video capabilities of its AWS cloud service, the company announced Thursday.

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Salesforce jumps into healthcare with a tailored cloud platform

Sales and marketing have long been Salesforce's proverbial bread and butter, but on Wednesday the CRM giant branched out in a new direction with a cloud platform tailored specifically for healthcare providers and patient data.

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SAP brings Hadoop into the Hana fold with Vora, a new in-memory analytics tool

A new tool from SAP will allow companies to analyze distributed Hadoop data alongside corporate data using the ERP giant's Hana in-memory computing platform.

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Sick of memorizing passwords? A Turing Award winner came up with this algorithmic trick

Passwords are a bane of life on the Internet today, but one Turing Award winner has an algorithmic approach he thinks could make them not only easier to manage but also more secure.

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Tech nightmares that keep Turing Award winners up at night

"What about the tech world today keeps you up at night?" was the question. RSA encryption algorithm co-inventor Leonard Adleman, "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf and cryptography innovator Manuel Blum all shared their biggest fears.

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Why the world's top computing experts are worrying about your data

World experts in computer science and mathematics spent an afternoon at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany Tuesday trying to figure out how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing harm.

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'Sometimes I'm terrified' of the Internet of Things, says father of the Internet

Vint Cerf is known as a "father of the Internet," and like any good parent, he worries about his offspring -- most recently, the IoT.