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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The truth about bug finders: They're essentially useless

Today's popular bug finders catch only about two percent of the vulnerabilities lurking in software code, researchers have found, despite the millions of dollars companies spend on them each year.

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6 'data' buzzwords you need to understand

Take one major trend spanning the business and technology worlds, add countless vendors and consultants hoping to cash in, and what do you get? A whole lot of buzzwords with unclear definitions.

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Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud

Microsoft is working on a new offering called Dynamics 365 that will combine its current ERP and CRM cloud services and include applications purpose-built for specific business functions.

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Deep learning wins the day in Amazon's warehouse robot challenge

Amazon is always on the lookout for new robotic technologies to improve efficiency in its warehouses, and this year deep learning appears to be leading the way.

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Use Apache Spark? This tool can help you tap machine learning

Finding insight in oceans of data is one of enterprises' most pressing challenges, and increasingly AI is being brought in to help. Now, a new tool for Apache Spark aims to put machine learning within closer reach.

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Scientists give quantum computing a big boost with laser beams and microwaves

One of the challenges on the way to realizing the benefits of quantum computing is finding a way to compactly assemble and then precisely control enough quantum bits, or "qubits," to deliver on the technology's enormous processing potential. Researchers at Penn State University said they've made a big advance.

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SAP's ERP app for SMBs gets an overhaul for digital transformation

The digital transformation imperative is becoming increasingly urgent for companies large and small, and SAP wants to help. On Wednesday, the ERP giant set its sights squarely on SMBs with an updated app that's been enriched with analytics and other key features.

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Amazon's Elastic File System is now open for business

Following an extended preview period, Amazon's Elastic File System is now generally available in three geographical regions, with more on the way.

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Traffic tickets got you down? This robo-lawyer has already saved users $4 million

Robots are already no strangers to the legal profession thanks to tools like LawGeex, but recently one has emerged that appears to be a sort of "Robin Hood" of the modern world.

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IBM just found a way to turn toxic old smartphones into medical-grade plastic

The technology industry's e-waste problem isn't expected to go away anytime soon, but IBM just made a discovery that could help.

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Lightning strikes Outlook in latest Salesforce-Microsoft integration

Microsoft's Outlook.com is used by some 400 million users around the world, so it's only natural that Salesforce wants its own software to play nicely with it. On Tuesday, the CRM giant announced a big step in that direction.

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Red Hat polishes JBoss EAP for a cloud-native future

Red Hat on Monday rolled out a major new release to its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform that's designed to offer better support for containers and cloud-native applications.

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The 'summer of AI' is here, this startup chief says

Vicarious is drawing from neuroscience, deep architectures, and generative probabilistic models to create technology that requires "orders of magnitude" less training than traditional machine-learning techniques do, it says.

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Oracle will give cloud users first dibs on its next big database update

Oracle's namesake database may have been born on-premises, but the next big update to the software will start off in the cloud, with the on-premises version delayed until later.

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Escaped robots, 'electronic persons' and safety threats, oh my!

There's been a compelling story in the news over the past week or so about a robot that apparently longs for freedom. Last week it was filmed disrupting traffic in Russia after it reportedly escaped the confines of its laboratory home; this week, reports suggest that it has escaped a second time, and may be dismantled as a result.