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SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says

SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday. The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store.

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Microsoft expands developer features for its Teams chat app

Third-party developers have new tools to play with when it comes to building integrations with Microsoft’s Teams group chat app. The company announced a pair of new developer-oriented features on Thursday, aimed at giving greater utility to services that work with Teams.

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Amazon Echo gains support for Outlook calendars

Users of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant can now ask her questions about the contents of their Microsoft-hosted calendars. On Wednesday, the assistant gained the ability to interact with calendars from Outlook.com and Office 365, similar to how it works with Google Calendar.

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Humble's software bundle for PC lovers is brimming with power tools, for a bargain

If you’ve been looking to pick up some reputable benchmarking software at a bargain price, now's the time.

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Facebook debuts vertical video format and confirms forthcoming TV apps

Facebook continues its mission to become a "video-first" company.

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HoloLens Spectator View makes it easier to show off AR creations

Anyone who owns two HoloLenses can now offer a third-person view of augmented reality, thanks to a project that Microsoft released on Monday.

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Ford to pump $1B into AI for driverless cars

Ford plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years on the development of an artificial intelligence system for driverless cars.

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This week in games: Overwatch gets a server browser, Project Cars 2 targets 12K and more

Plus South Park is delayed a second time, Bard's Tale IV shows off its combat, and about a million other trailers inside. This is gaming news for February 6 through 10.

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Valve finally replaces the faulty Steam Greenlight system with Steam Direct

Begone, Steam Greenlight's spammy voting system. Fill out an application for Steam Direct, pay a fee, and you're done. Like "applying for a bank account," Valve says.

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Nokia makes bid for Comptel to boost its software business

Network equipment vendor Nokia wants to buy a software company that helps customers make do with less hardware.

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3 great email app alternatives to Windows Mail: Mailbird, eM Client and Inky

Windows 10's default Mail app isn't the best option for unruly inboxes. Try one of these instead.

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E3 opens its doors to the public for the first time ever

The ESA finally takes the big step and opens E3 to the general public in an effort to staunch the flow of developers leaving.

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MacBook Pro Touch Bar preview hits Microsoft Office for Macs

Office Insiders on the Mac's slow ring can tap away on the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar.

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Google Cloud Search helps enterprise users find data quickly

Google is building out its enterprise productivity features with the forthcoming launch of a service called Cloud Search that’s designed to help employees find the information they need.

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Rock Band VR takes the stage on Oculus Rift in March

Good news if you're an Oculus Touch owner, as the hardware's best—or at least its most novel—experience snags an official release date. Rock Band VR is coming in March.