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IBM: The PC is the new mainframe

"The PC is dead!" We've heard that message a lot since the birth of Apple's iPad, but when one of the creators of IBM's first PC added his voice to the chorus, people took notice.

Written by Jon Brodkin20 Aug. 11 06:45

On Linux's 20th anniversary, recounting past slights from Microsoft

The mythical "year of the Linux desktop" still hasn't come, and may never, but on the 20th anniversary of Linux the free operating system's proponents threw a party to celebrate its success and scoff at past attacks launched by Microsoft, its biggest rival.

Written by Jon Brodkin18 Aug. 11 05:50

Motorola Mobility is by far Google's biggest acquisition ever

Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility is far and away Google's biggest-ever purchase -- in fact, it's greater than Google's next 10 biggest acquisitions combined and only its third above a billion dollars.

Written by Jon Brodkin16 Aug. 11 04:49

VMware backpedals on price changes after customer criticism

After criticism over new restrictions on the amount of virtual memory customers can deploy before having to buy new licenses, VMware has boosted the limits on virtual RAM so high that most customers should not be negatively affected.

Written by Jon Brodkin05 Aug. 11 03:37

Android Trojan records phone calls

A new Android Trojan is capable of recording phone conversations, according to a CA security researcher.

Written by Jon Brodkin02 Aug. 11 07:29

Google founders were talked out of ignoring user email

In Google's early days, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin argued that answering email complaints would be a waste of time, and that Googlers should fix problems behind the scenes without interacting directly with users, according to a former Google employee who wrote a book about his time at the company.

Written by Jon Brodkin20 July 11 06:47

Microsoft struggles to get Hyper-V drivers in Linux kernel

Microsoft isn't exactly dumping Windows for Linux, but it has become one of the busiest contributors to the Linux kernel. Microsoft's attempt to get Hyper-V drivers into the Linux kernel has taken longer than expected, having begun in July 2009, so Microsoft is apparently trying to speed up the process.

Written by Jon Brodkin19 July 11 05:44

Microsoft: Cloud computing won't hurt us

Cloud computing is widely perceived as a threat to Microsoft, because the maker of Windows and Microsoft Office earns the lion's share of its money selling licenses for packaged software.

Written by Jon Brodkin23 June 11 09:19

Research tackles powering the virtual data center

Data center managers are well versed in distributing power efficiently to physical servers. But the proliferation of virtualization, with multiple virtual machines and applications running on a single piece of hardware, has made this task a lot more complicated.

Written by Jon Brodkin17 June 11 04:44

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