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On the other hand, it survived Y2k just fine

This big retailer wants to make sure it doesn't feed duplicate orders into a mainframe system, so it tasks a programmer with making sure that doesn't happen. Flash forward 22 years. What could still go wrong?

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Update: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down; Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been appointed executive chairman and CTO of the company, with co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs.

SAP to buy Concur for $8.3B to boost cloud portfolio

SAP is buying business-travel and expense software vendor Concur in a bid to continue growing out its portfolio of cloud-based applications.

Microsoft plots Dynamics CRM update with an eye on marketing, global expansion

Microsoft is poised to release a major update to its Dynamics CRM and marketing applications in a bid to gain market share against rivals such as Salesforce.com.

Red Hat acquires FeedHenry to get mobile app chops

The deal adds better mobile capabilities to the JBoss Middleware portfolio

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A Clippy feature may be heading back to Microsoft Office. Will it be a winner this time?

Clippy may be the most reviled feature in the history of Microsoft, but the company may be adding a Clippy-like feature to the next version of Office. Will it be useful this time around?

Data and analytics

IBM looks to replace the spreadsheet with Watson Analytics

In an effort to commercialize its Watson analysis technology, IBM is testing a new service that answers questions business managers might have about their data.

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AT&T to put service setup in enterprise customers' hands

AT&T said enterprises are about to reap the benefits of the software-defined transformation of its network with faster service setup through an online portal.

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Qlik courts the business manager with easier analytics

Qlik Sense does not replace Qlik's flagship QlikView and is aimed at a more general user base

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Have a spare $9,000? Join Facebook for the rich

Want to talk about your Porsche, your takeover of a company or your new jet but uncomfortable doing it on Facebook? There's a new social network for you.

VMware gives desktop admins more control with Mirage update

A new feature in Mirage 5.1 lets adminstrators control bandwidth use at branch offices.

Infor plots move into cloud financials in strike against Workday

Financials Xi will provide a broad and modern suite of applications with no need to 'bolt-on' more, Infor says.

Facebook releases its mcrouter data-caching tool as open source

Facebook is releasing mcrouter, its software for turning many cache servers around the world into one distributed system, as open source.

Software bugs most common cause for mobile Internet outages, study says

The outages affected 1.4 million user connections on average per incident

FTC warns companies not to use big data to exclude consumers

The collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but could let companies create consumer profiles that lead to discrimination.

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How to build a great data science team

Select the mix of skills right for your data analytics business goals.

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Windows 9 leaks show the desktop rules again

Desktop users, rejoice. A new batch of leaked screenshots from Windows 9 shows an operating system designed for desktop users, not just for those with tablets.

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5 time-saving Excel macros for common data tasks

Here are some ideas for recording keystrokes to save you time and spare you headaches.

Aaron Levie doesn't want his company to get boxed in

At its annual conference, Box outlined plans to expand its scope beyond cloud storage and file sharing

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