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 and analytics.

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Hottest job? Data scientists say they're still mostly digital 'janitors'

Data scientists may hold what's now considered the country's "hottest job," but in many ways they're still little more than digital "janitors" who must spend the bulk of their time cleaning and preparing data for analysis.

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See the world's first 3D print of a 3000-year-old Chinese oracle bone

Researchers from the Cambridge University Library this week announced the creation of what they think is the world's first 3D printed replica of a 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bone.

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Adobe gives marketers a data-science boost with new cloud services

Adobe just rolled out a raft of new data-science tools designed to help marketers reach customers with the right message, in the right place, at the right time.

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In this online demo, IBM's Watson will tell you what's in your photos

Image recognition is a hot area of research using artificial intelligence, and now IBM offers an online demo to let anyone test out the capabilities in Watson.

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Dominos has the droid you're looking for, and it's bringing you your pizza

If data science can be used to craft a brand-new beer, why shouldn't an autonomous droid deliver the accompanying pizza?

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Slack users, meet Lookerbot: a new tool that brings your data into the conversation

In much of the enterprise-software world today, data is data and chat is chat, and rarely the twain shall meet. Looker aims to change all that.

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Are you drinking while tweeting? This algorithm can tell

A new algorithm can tell when you're drinking while tweeting—and even figure out where you're imbibing.

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This new discovery could put quantum computers within closer reach

Quantum bits are prone to magnetic disturbances, but on Wednesday scientists announced a new discovery that could help solve the problem.

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How far have we come with HTTPS? Google turns on the spotlight

Aiming to shed some light on how much progress has been made so far, Google on Tuesday launched a new section of its transparency report dedicated to encryption.

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Google woos enterprise marketers with a new analytics suite

The Google Analytics 360 Suite is a set of integrated data and marketing analytics tools designed to help enterprise marketers reach customers with the right message at the right time.

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So long, Watson - hello, Noodle: Ex-IBMer launches AI firm for enterprises

Billed as "the enterprise artificial intelligence company," Noodle Analytics is built on the premise that AI is the next big thing that will set companies apart.

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Dropbox takes the reins, moves off AWS and onto its own infrastructure

After years of relying on the Amazon cloud to store its users' files, Dropbox has shifted gears and begun using primarily its own technology instead.

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Need machine learning? HPE just launched a new service with more than 60 APIs

If 2015 was the year analytics tools became ubiquitous in enterprise software, 2016 is shaping up to do much the same for machine learning.

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Sales reps can now tap Salesforce's predictive CRM smarts in Outlook

Almost exactly a year ago Salesforce launched an app that brings CRM data into Microsoft's Outlook email software, and on Thursday it made a like-minded move with its SalesforceIQ Inbox product for what it calls "relationship intelligence."

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Tired of waiting for websites to load? This new tech can cut the time by more than half

Slow-loading Web pages are surely one of the top frustrations on the Internet today, but new technology from MIT and Harvard promises to change all that.