Marc FerrantiEditor in Chief , IDG News Service

Marc Ferranti is the editor in chief of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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Slow growth ahead for IT spending, Gartner says

The days of go-go, double-digit growth for tech are long gone and do not appear to be on the way back anytime soon.

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Data scientist Hilary Mason wants to show you the (near) future

Fast Forward Labs is a startup founded to help companies innovate and compete using what founder and CEO Hilary Mason calls "recently possible" machine intelligence techniques and technology.

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IBM adds to Watson IoT arsenal with new APIs, 'experience centers'

Strengthening its push into the Internet of Things, IBM is making a range of application programming interfaces (APIs) available through its Watson IoT unit and opening up new facilities for the group.

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Top 10 tech stories 2015: Transformation and transition

Cloud and mobile computing have created an imperative for the tech world: Change or fail. Here, are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of 2015.

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Digital transformation spurs tech M&A to close in on record

The digital transformation of business via cloud, mobile and big data technology is fueling IT mergers and acquisitions, which are set to rocket past the record level hit back in 2000 when the dot-com era crested.

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Drone registration recommendations handed to FAA

A mandatory consumer drone registration system looks set to be in force before the end of the year after an industry task force delivered its proposals for the system on Saturday.

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Microsoft's flagship New York retail store opens on Surface Book's launch day

Six years after stepping into the retail market with smaller mall outlets, Microsoft is literally taking the wraps off its flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Monday, the same day as the general release of its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

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U.S. will require registration process for drones

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation said Monday that it will form a task force to come up with a registration process for drones.

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Software a winner as VC market heads to biggest year since dot-com era

Venture capitalists are investing more money in private companies than at any time since the dot-com bust, with software companies grabbing the biggest slice of the pie.

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IBM's Watson Analytics offers new data discovery tools for everyday business users

If you're trying to figure out an optimal fantasy baseball lineup, how an unusually cool summer affected beer sales, or what Twitter users can tell you about why your company's stock price tanked, then IBM's Watson Analytics team has something new for you.

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Samsung banks on classy looks and high performance with Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+

The company's two new smartphones will start shipping this month

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AT&T a closer partner of NSA than previously known, Snowden docs show

A new analysis of documents leaked by Edward Snowden highlights massive surveillance efforts with special help from AT&T.

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EU Council OKs contentious data privacy plan, pushing reform forward

But the proposal does not go far enough, say privacy organizations and industry lobby groups

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Russia, China reportedly crack Snowden's files, identify US, UK spies

British intelligence agents have been withdrawn from overseas operations following the decryption of sensitive documents.

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Charter reportedly close to $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

The deal, in the wake of Comcast's failed bid, may be announced as early as Tuesday, according to reports