Katherine NoyesSenior U.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 cloud computing, big data, analytics and artificial intelligence.

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Half the Web's traffic comes from bots, and that's costing you more than you think

Roughly half of all Web traffic comes from bots and crawlers, and that's costing companies a boatload of money.

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How toy street lamps are shedding new light on quantum computing

If you've ever had a train set, you might remember the tiny street lamps that are often part of the model landscape. Today, the bulbs from those toy lamps are helping to shed light on quantum computing.

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Adobe adds data-science muscle to its cloud services

Adobe on Wednesday announced a host of new algorithms in its cloud services designed to help brands uncover new patterns and put them to work.

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Is your data safe when it's at rest? MarkLogic 9 aims to make sure it is

The database landscape is much more diverse than it once was, thanks in large part to big data, and on Tuesday, one of today's newer contenders unveiled an upcoming release featuring a major boost in security.

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IBM's Watson is going to cybersecurity school

The result will be a cloud service called Watson for Cyber Security that's designed to provide insights into emerging threats as well as recommendations on how to stop them.

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How the skills shortage is transforming big data

Even as hard-core "quants" are acquiring ever more sophisticated skills to help meet the demand at one end of the spectrum, traditional business people are getting more savvy about data analysis and presentation.

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These graduate students had no idea their teaching assistant was a robot

On the Internet, "nobody knows you're a dog," as the old meme goes, and today, the same can increasingly be said of robots.

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That massive reported 'data breach' was just hype, Mail.ru says

Hold Security made quite a splash in the security world on Wednesday when it claimed to have recovered 272 million stolen email credentials from a much larger trove, but on Friday the email provider most strongly affected called the report a simple effort to create media hype.

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Apple partners with SAP in new enterprise push

The mobile enterprise got another boost on Thursday with the announcement of a brand-new partnership between Apple and SAP.

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What do you get when you cross Star Wars and famous art? This algorithm can show you

Artificial intelligence has been dabbling in art to increasing acclaim over the past few months, but a new study brings its uncanny proficiency to the far-more-complicated world of video.

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A Russian hacker gave away millions of email credentials for social media votes

Tens of millions of stolen credentials for Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo email accounts are being shared online by a young Russian hacker known as "the Collector" as part of a supposed larger trove of 1.17 billion records.

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This startup uses machine learning to turn your old enterprise apps into mobile ones

There's plenty of lip service paid today to the need to mobile-enable the enterprise, but actually making that happen is a little more complicated. That's where PowWow Mobile hopes to help.

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Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

It's no secret that quantum computers could render many of today's encryption methods useless, and now the National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the public to help it head off that threat.

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Can Oracle buy its way into the cloud?

It wasn't so long ago that Oracle dismissed cloud computing as "gibberish." Today, it's singing a different tune.

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Oracle is paying $532 million to snatch up another cloud service provider

Oracle on Monday announced that it is paying $532 million to buy Opower, a provider of cloud services to the utilities industry.