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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IBM doubles down on data with four new cloud tools

Data is what makes today's business world go 'round, and IBM on Thursday launched a suite of new tools designed to help companies make the most of what they've got.

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$12 million project aims to 'reverse-engineer' the brain to help computers learn

A new $12 million effort launched Wednesday with aims to "reverse-engineer" the human brain, as a way to improve artificial intelligence.

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Turns out machine learning is a champ at fixing buggy code

Here's yet another new application of machine learning: MIT has developed a system for fixing errors in bug-riddled code.

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U.S., EU reach agreement on Safe Harbor alternative

Goodbye Safe Harbor, hello Privacy Shield: that's the name given by European Union and U.S. negotiators to the deal they struck on Tuesday under which transfers of personal data between the two regions can proceed.

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This online tool can show you how much Trump dominates election coverage

OpenText's Election Tracker '16 is an interactive online tool that lets anyone view findings about about U.S. presidential election coverage.

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Tired of telemarketers? Now you can turn the tables on them with this clever bot

You're on every do-not-call list and you've tried opting out, but still the telemarketers keep pestering you. What's a consumer to do? Just ask the Jolly Roger Telephone Company.

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Windows Server 2016 could cost you more than you think

A few years back Microsoft switched from per-processor to per-core licensing in SQL Server, and now it's about to do the same thing with Windows Server 2016. You may not be thrilled with the results.

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Hoping to land this year's 'hottest job'? Here's what you need to be a data scientist

Now that "data scientist" has been named this year's hottest job, it's only natural to wonder if you've got what it takes to fill it.

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Naysayers eat their words as Google's AI masters ancient game of Go

They said it couldn't be done, but this week Google's AI technology proved them wrong by mastering the ancient Chinese game of Go roughly a decade earlier than anyone expected.

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Got enterprise software? You're probably due for an audit

If you run software for a business, take note: Vendors are watching you closely.

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Walmart open-sources OneOps to free you from cloud lock-in

Back in October Walmart made a pledge to combat vendor lock-in in the cloud by open-sourcing its OneOps technology, and on Tuesday it made good on that promise.

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When big data gets too big, this machine-learning algorithm may be the answer

Big data may hold a world of untapped potential, but what happens when your data set is bigger than your processing power can handle? A new algorithm that taps quantum computing may be able to help.

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Microsoft opens up its deep-learning toolkit on GitHub

Microsoft took another step on its open-source sharing journey Monday by releasing on GitHub a toolkit it uses internally for deep learning.

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Why open source is the 'new normal' for big data

It's no secret that Hadoop and Apache Spark are two of the hottest technologies in big data today, but what's less commonly remarked upon is the fact that they're both open-source software.

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Snow in your forecast? Here's how GIS will help ease the pain

The eastern U.S. is no stranger to brutal winter storms such as the one expected to pummel the region this weekend, but coping with such weather is a far cry today from what it once was.