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Microsoft sues Samsung, says it stopped paying for patents

Microsoft filed suit against Samsung on Friday, claiming the device maker has backed out of an agreement that requires it to pay licensing fees to Microsoft for the Android phones it sells.
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Panasonic to help Tesla build battery 'Gigafactory'

Panasonic has agreed to help set up the factory that Tesla Motors plans to build for making batteries for Tesla and other electric cars.

Train robots hands-on to dump trash with this new OS

Don't program robots -- train them. That's the stated goal of Brain Corporation, whose operating system is designed to allow robots to learn how to dump trash or open doors via hands-on training, not programming.

Attackers can easily create dangerous file-encrypting malware, new threat suggests

A new program that encrypts files to extort money from users highlights that attackers don't need advanced programming skills to create dangerous and effective ransomware threats, especially when strong encryption technology is freely available.

Some are twisting the facts in requests to be forgotten, Google says

Some of those seeking to scrub their histories from the Web under Europe's "right to be forgotten" rule are being economical with the truth when making their requests, Google said Thursday.

Almost 200,000 people may have been affected by US visa system crash

Computer problems with the U.S. State Department's system for issuing passports and visas may have affected up to 200,000 people, it emerged Thursday, as the scale of the problem became clear for the first time.

NASA plans next-gen scientific tools for 2020 Mars rover

NASA has planned out the new and improved scientific instruments that will be included onboard the next robotic Mars rover. The instruments will look for signs of past life and the ability to create oxygen and rocket fuel on the Red Planet.

Some SAP users remain unhappy with Enterprise Support prices

SAP is struggling to convince some customers that a pricier support service it introduced several years ago provides additional value compared to the standard support option.

HP gives OpenVMS new life

Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS, giving the operating system -- and users -- something of a reprieve.

PHP gets a formal specification, at last

Despite becoming one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web, PHP didn't have a formal specification -- until now.

Applications In Depth

Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps: The ultimate guide

Download this handy PDF to learn all the ins and outs of the two major cloud productivity suites and decide which option is best for you

CIO 100 Winners Turn Analytics Into Money-Making New Products

This year's CIO 100 honorees collectively spent more than $502 million on their technology projects, and many of the winning efforts focus on using advanced analytics to create new sources of revenue, improve customer experience and increase competitive advantage.

What to know after the latest patent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

The Alice ruling clarifies patent-eligible software processes.

11 signs you've been hacked -- and how to fight back

Redirected Net searches, unexpected installs, rogue mouse pointers: Here's what to do when you've been 0wned

Apache Hive brings real-time queries to Hadoop

Hive's SQL-like query language and vastly improved speed on huge data sets make it the perfect partner for an enterprise data warehouse

The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT

The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

Working together: 3 new team collaboration tools

Three new services -- Flow, Glip and Slingshot -- try to enhance the ability of teams to converse and collaborate using a variety of tools.

Julia King: We're all data scientists now

It's up to each one of us to figure out what in the daily surge of data is useful, what's crap and what's truly valuable.

Quick guide: 25 tips and tricks for Google Drive power users

Google Drive is an important tool that can deliver even more value with these 25 tips, tools, and tweaks

Different data denizens

Businesses and their managements are interested in data, that's acquired value by being filtered, sifted through, clarified and correlated. They want data that helps build the right product upfront rather than make a product right. They want data that reduces inventory levels, improves the targeting of customers, and boosts profitability. Data. Period. Not mountains of information.