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Microsoft readies urgent patch for Windows XP next week

Microsoft is patching Windows XP on this month's Patch Tuesday, shoring up a vulnerability that can lead to computers being taken over entirely by attackers.

Oracle readies 147 security patches, including 36 for Java

Many of the Java weaknesses can be exploited remotely, according to Oracle

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Salesforce.com rolling out big CRM upgrade following Salesforce1 launch

Other key features include a big increase in file storage per user license

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Infor gets into big data analytics for HR with PeopleAnswers acquisition

PeopleAnswers' online assessment test measures 39 attributes of potential employees

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Oracle buys Corente for software-defined networking

Oracle will be able to offer customers network virtualization for both LANs and WANs

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Microsoft buys Parature for customer self-service software

More details of Microsoft's plans for Parature will come at March's Convergence conference

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Facebook uses a seasoned Chef to keep servers simmering

Facebook found that the Chef configuration management system was best suited to controlling the company's massive infrastructure

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Oracle thinks global with its social media analysis software

Oracle's tools can now analyze social content in more languages

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Microsoft's 2014 new year's resolutions (our suggestions)

2013 was a busy year for Microsoft, from Ballmer's retirement announcement to product action involving Windows, Surface, and Office 365. Here's what to do in 2014.

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Enterprise apps in 2014: What's in store

What the industry's top application vendors are likely to do this year

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In memoriam: The tech we lost in 2013

Blockbuster. WinAmp. AltaVista! These brands, products and websites once meant something, and now they're gone.

Portrait of the Microsoft Ballmer's successor inherits

Steve Ballmer's retirement leaves his still-unnamed successor a busy agenda and battles on many fronts.

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Your new PC needs these 22 free programs

Start off right with solid security tools, productivity software, and other programs that every PC needs.