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Google Maps embraces Uber and other services with dedicated ride-sharing tab

Google Maps got an Uber upgrade that makes it clearer and easier to hail a car with your smartphone.

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Oracle profit slides despite rapid growth in cloud

Oracle reported its fourth consecutive quarter of declining revenue on Tuesday, as rapid growth in its cloud business failed to make up for weak demand for more traditional products.

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Skype for the Web now lets you call non-Skype users

Some Skype credit and a web browser is all you need now to save money on international calls.

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Microsoft Azure close to several key government certifications

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it is on track to land a series of key certifications in its continuing effort to provide cloud services to the U.S. government.

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Google’s Cloud Studio proves that cloud-based tech doesn’t have to be boring

What do Star Wars, robots on wheels, and photo booths have in common? The cloud.

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Flash is rocketing into big-data analytics

At one time, all-flash storage arrays were used for a single mission-critical application with a need for speed, usually in big IT shops. Now they're poised to take over many more parts of IT.

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For Germany's cloud providers, it's location, location, location

German telecos are rolling out new cloud services this week to compete with those from the big U.S. providers. Their selling point is location -- though their “home grown” infrastructure is still dependent on technology from U.S. and Chinese suppliers.

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PlayStation Vue streaming plan goes nationwide by cutting broadcast channels

Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming-TV bundle costs $10 more than Sling TV, but it includes way more channels.

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Dropbox takes the reins, moves off AWS and onto its own infrastructure

After years of relying on the Amazon cloud to store its users' files, Dropbox has shifted gears and begun using primarily its own technology instead.

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Microsoft reverses course, says 'no thanks' to Bitcoin payments

The company's change in policy comes after accepting the cryptocurrency to pay for goods on the Windows Store for over a year.

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Vodafone readies pan-European virtual private cloud service for SMEs

Small businesses with global ambitions will soon have a new cloud partner -- at least wherever Vodafone has data centers.

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Need machine learning? HPE just launched a new service with more than 60 APIs

If 2015 was the year analytics tools became ubiquitous in enterprise software, 2016 is shaping up to do much the same for machine learning.

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Master Windows 10's secret, powerful natural language search tools

Searching for files on your PC is easy in Windows 10 thanks to Cortana's powerful natural language search.

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ESPN and CBS have more plans to reach cord cutters

ESPN and CBS hint at more standalone streaming options to come.

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Facebook's open network gear hits the big time at Equinix

Facebook's open networking technology is making inroads into the data center establishment, with global giant Equinix adopting the company's Wedge switch design and an open-source architecture in some of its facilities.