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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Here's a sneak peek at what's coming in the next Linux Mint

The beta version of Linux Mint 18 'Sarah' made its debut this week, and a final release won't be far behind. Here's a look at what's coming to this popular free and open-source operating system.

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This tool taps machine learning to take the guesswork out of content marketing

It's every marketer's goal to reach customers in the right place, at the right time, and with the right message, but the online world doesn't make that easy. A new tool announced Thursday uses machine learning to help.

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Google claims a leap forward for quantum computing

Many approaches are being tried in the race to develop a working quantum computer, but Google this week reported using a combination of techniques with particularly promising results.

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This company uses AI to stop cyberattacks before they start

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, and that's just as true in cybersecurity as it is in health. So believes Cylance, a startup that uses AI to detect and prevent cyberattacks.

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Salesforce targets 'citizen developers' with new tools and training

At its new TrailheaDX event in San Francisco, Salesforce unveiled new tools for its Lightning development platform as well as expanded training offerings, a new investment fund and a new incubator.

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HPE invites open-source developers to pitch in on 'The Machine'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday stepped up its efforts to develop a brand-new computer architecture by inviting open-source developers to collaborate on the futuristic device it calls "The Machine."

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IBM targets data scientists with a new development platform based on Apache Spark

Making sense of data can involve a wide variety of tools, and IBM is hoping to make data scientists' lives easier by putting them all in one place.

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A former NASA chief just launched this AI startup to turbocharge neural computing

A new company launched Monday by former NASA chief Dan Goldin aims to deliver a major boost to the field of neural computing.

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The quantum era has begun, this CEO says

Quantum computing's full potential may still be years away, but there are plenty of benefits to be realized right now.

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Web developers, meet WebGazer: software that turns webcams into eye-trackers

Eye-tracking technology has long been the domain of high-end research, but this week new software brings it within reach for anyone with a website.

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Oracle: We're going to sue that whistleblower cloud employee

Oracle plans to sue whistleblower Svetlana Blackburn for malicious prosecution, the company said Thursday.

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Microsoft rolls out SQL Server 2016 with a special deal to woo Oracle customers

The next version of Microsoft's SQL Server relational database management system is now available, and along with it comes a special offer designed specifically to woo Oracle customers.

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IBM buys EZSource to help transform your mainframe apps for the digital world

The digital transformation train may have already left the station, but for companies with legacy mainframe applications, it's not always clear how to get on board. On Wednesday, IBM announced an acquisition that could help.

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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.