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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Dell's private buyout shortchanged shareholders, court rules

Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners paid about 22 percent too little for Dell when they took the company private in 2013 and will have to pay millions of dollars more to shareholders who opposed the deal, a Delaware court ruled on Tuesday.

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Marketo gets scooped up into the private world for $1.79 billion

Marketing-software maker Marketo has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $1.79 billion, the company announced Tuesday.

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How Russia's oldest bank found itself on the leading edge of in-memory computing

It's not your average company that can trace its origins back to a nineteenth-century Russian tsar, but then, Sberbank is no average financial institution.

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Shoot an atom into silicon, and you may have the beginnings of a quantum computer

Take one atom of the element antimony, use an ion beam to shoot it into a silicon substrate, and you just may be on your way to building a working quantum computer.

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'Black box' no more: This system can spot the bias in those algorithms

Between recent controversies over Facebook's Trending Topics feature and the U.S. legal system's "risk assessment" scores in dealing with criminal defendants, there's probably never been broader interest in the mysterious algorithms that are making decisions about our lives.

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What's old is new again with MIT's latest bug finder

Debugging code is a perennial challenge in the software-development world, and on Wednesday scientists announced a new technique that promises to make significant strides.

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Salesforce brings cross-channel service a step closer with new 'Snap-ins'

You can't always bring customers to your best customer-service tools, but now you can bring those tools to them thanks to a new addition for Salesforce's Service Cloud.

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Datameer gets an overhaul to make big-data analytics easier

The rise of the citizen data scientist has placed a new premium on easy-to-use analytics tools, and on Tuesday Datameer announced a fresh version of its namesake platform designed with that imperative in mind.

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Need more analytics speed? Cray wants to light a fire under your big data

It's no secret that analytics is eating the enterprise world, but if there's anything in perpetually short supply, it's speed.

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This site aims to be the Yelp of the SaaS world

Online reviews have already transformed the way people choose everything from restaurants to respiratory therapists, and now SaasGenius wants to do the same for enterprise software in the cloud.

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Microsoft updates Dynamics CRM with a new IoT twist

Microsoft's Dynamics CRM 2016 software has been updated for spring, and the new release brings with it a brand-new tool to help companies tap the Internet of Things for their customer-service efforts.

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Stale beer no more: This app can tell you when your brew's past its prime

There's a good chance your tastebuds would tell you when you're drinking stale beer, but now science has come to the rescue to spare them that pain.

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Can robots make art? Yes, but don't ask them to write a poem

Robots can paint, but when it comes to writing, they shouldn't quit their day jobs. That's the combined conclusion from results of two contests announced this week.

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Who's in your store right now? SAP's new data service can tell you

Marketers can tap virtually limitless volumes of data about customers' online activities, but the offline world isn't nearly as forthcoming. That's where SAP aims to help.

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Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone, maybe not so much

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.