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SAP posts growth but lowers outlook in main software business

SAP reported revenue growth in the second quarter driven by growth in cloud subscriptions and revenue from support and its HANA in-memory database.

Oracle ups memory, storage of Exalytics analytics appliance

Oracle is introducing a new generation of its Exalytics appliance for high-speed data analysis that comes with a slightly higher price tag but major increases in memory and storage capacity.

In Kenya, Bitcoin linked to popular mobile payment system

A project underway in Kenya is linking Bitcoin with M-Pesa, a popular mobile payments system, in an experiment designed to spur innovative payments in Africa.

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How Microsoft is using live data to redefine the Office 'document'

No more versions. No more updates. Microsoft is building a dynamic document model where content changes as data changes—and the results can be stunningly visual.

Microsoft adds business intelligence tools to Office 365

Microsoft is adding a set of BI (business intelligence) tools to its hosted Office 365 service, including some capabilities not yet offered in stand-alone Microsoft software products.

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Malware steals Litecoins, Bitcoin's younger sibling

A simple piece of malicious software is circulating that steals Litecoins, a virtual currency based on the Bitcoin system.

New trust wants to protect digital Bitcoins like physical gold: In vaults

A U.S. regulatory filing for a Bitcoin investment trust by the Winklevoss twins said they will protect the virtual currency like gold bars -- in vaults.

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox registers with U.S. Treasury

The largest Bitcoin exchange has filed key paperwork with the US Treasury's anti-money laundering agency, but it may have come too late.

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PayPal boldly ponders what no payment processor has pondered before: space

PayPal, which claims more than 128 million active accounts in 193 markets and 25 currencies around the globe, is now looking at outer space.

California orders the Bitcoin Foundation to stop turning digital dollars into real ones

A foundation created last year to shepherd Bitcoin's software development has received a stern warning from a California financial regulator.

Researchers: Many companies are negligent about SAP security

SAP has significantly improved the security of its products over the past few years but many of its customers are negligent with their deployments, which exposes them to potential attacks that could cripple their businesses, according to security researchers.

Oracle's Q4 results: What to watch

Many eyes in the tech world will fall on Oracle later this week, when the vendor's fourth-quarter results are set for release. This is typically the biggest reporting period for Oracle each year in terms of revenue, but a number of questions loom beyond its top-line performance.

Office for iPhone is a belated, ambivalent move, analysts say

Microsoft's release of an Office suite for the iPhone is too little, too late and yet another timid move aimed at protecting Windows 8 sales at the expense of customer demand for a product like this one for iPads, according to analysts.