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Take that, Snapchat: Instagram Direct’s private messages stick around

Instagram Direct lets users privately send photos and videos in what is widely considered a shot at trendy messaging app Snapchat.

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PCWorld News

Oracle launches revved-up new version of Exadata

The X4 release of the database machine includes big increases in flash capacity and Infiniband throughput

Huddle gives its content collaboration suite a Word and OneNote alternative

Huddle Note is designed for quick, ad-hoc taking and sharing of notes within the cloud suite’s interface.

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Viber launches 'Viber Out' low-cost phone calls: How do rates compare to Skype?

Viber's new low-cost phone calling option is a steal if you're dialing phones in the U.S., but do you homework if you're making international calls.

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Adobe Connect users can now log in with Facebook and Google

Connect's new version, due in 2014's first quarter, also lets people register for webinars using their Google and Facebook credentials

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Citrix adds new pricing, capacity options for GoToMeeting web-conferencing product

The goal is to attract customers that find the standard product either too pricey or too limited.

PCWorld News

Why CIOs stick with cloud computing despite NSA snooping scandal

IT execs are wary, but benefits of cloud technology are a powerful draw

PCWorld News

SlideShare revamps home page to make it more engaging

Users will be able to like, share and save presentations right from the home page.

Joyent polishes Node.js with commercial support package

Joyent promises to help solve tricky Node.js issues, no matter where they occur.

Microsoft Lync for Windows 8.1

Microsoft releases Lync for Windows 8.1; app still looks like Skype

Microsoft has updated its Lync collaboration software for Windows 8.1, which still looks too much like a certain Microsoft-owned VoIP app.

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MiseryMap tracks weather, flight delays in real time

This site offers real-time reports on travel delays at a glance, and could come in handy over the holidays.

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Berners-Lee blasts surveillance as a threat to democracy

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee is warning that government surveillance and censorship will threaten the democratic nature of the web.

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Google Hangouts infringes trademark, says US company Hanginout

Hanginout started the lawsuit while its trademark application is still pending.