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Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1's mysterious Movie Moments app, other app improvements

On the eve of Windows 8.1's release, Microsoft pulls back the curtain on the new Movie Maker app as well as improvements to Fresh Paint, Camera, and Photos.

Startup wants to give you a better night's sleep

Gadgets surround us throughout our waking hours, and now they're coming to our sleep.

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Open source won't address everything, says Red Hat CEO

Open source is a development model and not a support one that does bug fixing, according to Red Hat global CEO and president, Jim Whitehurst.

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Wall Street Beat: Talk of U.S. budget compromise boosts tech stocks

With PC sales flagging, the underlying confidence in tech is mostly due to growth in the the software arena and tablets.

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Hackers exploit vBulletin Internet forum software vulnerability

The vulnerability allows attackers to abuse the vBulletin configuration mechanism to create a secondary administrative account, the researchers said Wednesday.

Facebook open-source cache squeezes more from flash disks

Facebook continues to push the boundaries of storage and server technology in order to more quickly serve its billion users, and the results are being offered as open-source technology that can also benefit other companies.

20 free PC apps to ease daily tasks

File organizers. PDF readers. Serious deletion (and recovery) utilities. You won't believe how handy these tools can be—and they're free!

IBM begins integration of its cloud portfolio with SoftLayer

IBM has begun integrating its cloud portfolio with cloud computing infrastructure from its US$2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies, starting with its social learning platform targeted at a variety of industries.

SAP ramps up venture capital efforts

SAP's venture capital arm has raised US$1 billion over the past year as the company tries to land stakes in hot startup companies, both to generate profit down the road and to align itself with the industry's newest technologies.

Universities, IBM join forces to build a brain-like computer

IBM and four universities are planning a research project into cognitive computing, which seeks to build computers that operate in a manner closer to the human mind.

SAP seeks an edge from NSA surveillance worries

SAP may build a second data center in Australia in order to meet customer demand for locally delivered cloud services in the wake of revelations over the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program.

How to Choose the Best License for Your Open Source Software Project edit

Getting the right license for your open source project can mean the difference between success and failure for your software.

After getting star billing, Oracle's Fusion Applications take a supporting role

Last week's OpenWorld conference made on thing clear: Oracle remains committed to its next-generation Fusion Applications but massive growth in the product line is probably not around the corner.

Through a glass darkly: Microsoft's new financial reporting format

CIOs will have a harder time evaluating how well key Microsoft products are selling now that the company has restructured the way it breaks down its revenue streams, according to analysts.

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Microsoft wins $304,994 in Australian software piracy case

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has awarded Microsoft $304,994.95 in damages after Paul McLane, trading as Software Paul, was caught selling counterfeit Microsoft software.