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 Linux and open source software.

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Salesforce scoops up MinHash for marketing intelligence

Founded just last year, the four-person startup has been applying data science to making sense of audience trends.

Machine Learning Algorithms

'Ex Machina,' here we come: A new algorithm helps computers learn the way we do

Machine learning is all about getting computers to "understand" new concepts, but it's still a pretty inefficient process, often requiring hundreds of examples for training. That may soon change, however, thanks to new research published on Friday.

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Five things you need to know about Hadoop v. Apache Spark

Hadoop and Apache Spark are both big-data frameworks, but they don't really serve the same purposes.

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Atlassian president on IPO: 'We're overjoyed'

As Australian collaboration software maker Atlassian made its long-awaited initial public offering in the U.S. on Thursday, its soaring share price offered a strong testament to the company's distinctive sales strategy and long history of profitability.

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SAP's big challenge: proving the business case for Hana

SAP customers are slowly migrating to the company's Hana in-memory computing platform, but the German software giant still has its work cut out when it comes to increasing adoption.

SAP Medical Research Insights Healthcare

SAP's bold new goal: making precision medicine a reality

After more than 40 years of focusing primarily on software for large businesses, SAP is taking a bold step in a new direction: precision medicine.

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The FTC's next chief technologist is on a quest for better passwords

Privacy issues will likely stay at the forefront of the FTC's focus next year thanks to the commission's appointment of Lorrie Cranor as its new chief technologist.

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New Salesforce tool lets users have their way with external data

Salesforce users have been able to access data in external apps ever since the release of the cloud vendor's Lightning Connect tool last year, but a new generation of the product announced on Thursday extends those ties considerably.

IBM Watson Commerce Insights

Why is your new product failing? Just ask Watson Analytics

IBM's Watson has been pushing ever further into the business world in recent months, and now it's helping online merchants analyze performance and make better merchandising decisions.

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Why legal experts are up in arms over the trade-secrets bill Microsoft loves

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, lawmakers heard arguments on both sides of a bill that's garnered passionate support from Microsoft but is being compared by others to the highly controversial SOPA and PIPA copyright bills of 2011.

Dropbox

Dropbox to add European data storage next year

Dropbox on Wednesday became the latest major cloud provider to announce new storage options in the European Union.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Cortana

Microsoft's brand-new CRM boss takes the wraps off Dynamics CRM 2016

When Microsoft offered a peek at the next Dynamics CRM earlier this month, the software's longtime leader was still at the helm. On Monday, it was a brand-new CRM boss who released the new software to the public.

Deutsche Post DHL

SAP: Don't blame us for DHL's ailing logistics system

A languishing software upgrade project at Deutsche Post DHL Group has forced the German mail and courier company to take a write-off of €345 million, but software provider SAP is taking pains to make it clear that it's not to blame.

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New IBM tech lets apps authenticate you without personal data

Back in January IBM announced Identity Mixer, a new technology for protecting users' personal data during authentication. On Friday, it announced that the technology is now available to developers on its Bluemix cloud platform.

Bask Iyer CIO VMware

VMware CIO: 'I've worked for a lot of evil people in my career'

When you're the CIO of a company that sells to CIOs, you've got to figure there's a good chance you're going to be asked to do more than just keep the servers running.