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GE, Bosch and open source could bring more IoT tools

Partnerships that could shape the internet of things for years are being forged just as enterprises fit IoT into their long-term plans. No one vendor can meet the diverse IoT needs of all those users, so they're joining forces and also trying to foster broader ecosystems. General Electric and Germany's Bosch did both on Monday.

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Microsoft debuts new Office 365 app for bartenders, burger flippers

Microsoft's new Office 365 app helps hourly workers to manage their shift work, which should please the millions of Americans who work as waiters, busboys, retail employees, and more.

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Microsoft continues pushing hybrid cloud with new launches

Microsoft continued its push to get companies on the hybrid cloud train on Monday, with the launch of several products all tailored at helping bridge on-premises datacenters and the public cloud.

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Plex Cloud lets you say goodbye to your always-on home media server

Plex Cloud relies on Amazon's Web Services to stream your media, rather than a constantly connected PC sitting in your home.

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Following Pandora, iHeartRadio reveals new premium radio and on-demand music streaming

iHeartRadio is going head-to-head with Spotify but hopes its expertise in Internet radio will give it an edge.

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5 tech trends that have Turing Award winners worried

Technology has considerable potential to make the world better, but those benefits are far from guaranteed. Plenty of downsides can pop up along the way, and some of them have Turing Award winners especially worried.

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Dell plans to move VR content creation to the cloud

Dell wants to prove that you don't need a high-end GPU in your computer to create content for virtual reality headsets.

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Citigroup is cutting costs by making storage simpler

Citigroup is using software-defined storage to build an infrastructure that could last 25 years – while generations of hardware come and go. By simplifying its architecture, Citigroup expects to slash its operational expenses, which make up most of its storage costs.

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A Cisco-Salesforce deal means collaboration will come to you

Cisco will integrate its cloud-based Spark communication system and WebEx conferencing service into elements of Salesforce, one of the most widely used enterprise productivity platforms.

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Pre-roll ads on Amazon and Netflix are a poor solution to a genuine problem

Amazon Video's unskippable pre-roll teaser ads annoy as much as they inform.

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Larry Ellison says Amazon is '20 years behind' Oracle

Larry Ellison continued his assault on Amazon during his second keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday, with a host of benchmarks that showed his company's database outperforming its public cloud competition.

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Oracle's infrastructure business focuses on bare metal to go after AWS

Rather than starting from the low end of the infrastructure market and working its way up, Oracle is starting at the top and working its way down, using powerful, bare metal servers.

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Google's new acquisition makes building chatbots easier

Google took a shot at Facebook's chatbot-building services on Monday with its acquisition of API.ai, a company that helps developers build and improve conversational interfaces for their services.

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Oracle pushes hybrid by letting customers rent cloud hardware

Oracle has unveiled a trio of hardware appliances to try and help customers bridge their on-premises datacenters and the public cloud.

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Oracle is also getting in on the chatbot revolution

Oracle has a new tool aimed at making it easy to create chatbots that access business systems.