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Oracle becomes sponsor of OpenStack Foundation

Oracle says it knows customers don't want to be locked into proprietary cloud management tools.

Report: Windows Start menu to return in Windows 8.2

A report released Monday claims that Microsoft will bring back an optional Start menu (not page) within the next major Windows update. Will Windows 8's Start page be banished?

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Top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants

Bitcoin and tech IPOs were also hot stories this year.

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Apache frees Kafka messaging app from LinkedIn

The Kafka Pub/Sub messaging platform is faster than RabbitMQ, LinkedIn engineers say

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US Supreme Court to hear software patent case

The court will review an appeals court decision in a computerize trading platform patent case

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Oracle may get second chance to prove Google infringed on Java copyrights

Oracle's appeal of Judge William Alsup's high-profile ruling in the Android lawsuit was heard this week

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M&A, IPOs, in-memory tech, and end of a feud mark top software stories

Emergence of human capital management software also marks year for enterprise tech.

From Netscape to Napster: Whatever happened to yesterday's giants?

Now that Winamp's gone, a few pale ghosts are all that's left of the killer apps from the turn of the century.

11 tech products we couldn't live without

Whether beautiful, fast, useful, or just plain fun, this is tech we can all appreciate.

Android, Bitcoin top malware targets, McAfee reports

Security vendor McAfee's research arm, McAfee Labs, has identified growth across four threat trends, including Android-based malware, signed malware, spam, and virtual currencies.

Wall Street Beat: Intel disappoints, Salesforce excites at analyst, partner events

With a lull in major tech earnings news this week, Intel's investor day and Salesforce.com's Dreamforce developer and partner conference gave market watchers plenty to mull over.

Salesforce.com says developer base almost doubled in a year

The newly announced Salesforce1 platform announced this week could help the base grow even faster, a company official said.

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Get ready for the 'Internet of customers,' Salesforce.com CEO Benioff says

Much has been made about the "Internet of things," but behind every device is a customer, and companies that fail to recognize this do so at their own peril, according to Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.

The Watson cloud: IBM prepares to open supercomputer to third party developers

IBM will soon give third parties access to Watson, fostering applications that take advantage of the system's artificial intelligence capabilities.

Microsoft's task: Sorting, tossing Office features

What Microsoft puts in its upcoming touch-based Office suite will be a huge test for the company, analysts said.