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YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

A tricked-out version of YouTube offering exclusive content might prove lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services.

Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things

An analysis by security researchers of 48,000 extensions for Google's Chrome browser uncovered many that are used for fraud and data theft, actions that are mostly undetectable to regular users.

Ballmer's exit from Microsoft's board expected, boosts Nadella's standing, analysts say

It's not surprising that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer abruptly gave up his board seat some six months after leaving the top job, and the move should help cement the regime and strategy of his successor Satya Nadella, according to several industry observers.

MongoDB adds support option for community edition of its NoSQL database

IT shops that want professional support for MongoDB without paying for the enterprise edition of the company's increasingly popular NoSQL database now have an option from MongoDB itself.

FCC extends net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has extended a deadline for comments on its proposed net neutrality rules to Sept. 15, giving members of the public more time to weigh in on how the government should regulate Web traffic.

Samsung buys SmartThings in ambitious push to connect your home

Samsung has agreed to buy SmartThings, a two-year-old startup that makes software to connect household objects and let them be controlled from afar via smartphone.

Rimini Street did steal Oracle's intellectual property, judge says

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation claim against Oracle by third-party support vendor Rimini Street, saying Oracle was telling the truth when it accused the company of "massive theft" of its software.

Microsoft makes Bing search more chatty

Microsoft has added some new smarts to its Bing search engine that lets you phrase queries in a way that feels more natural.

Microsoft chooses home automation startups for accelerator program

Microsoft has chosen 10 home automation startups that it will support in various ways through an accelerator program, in the hopes of helping them develop their technologies and products.

Rivalry between Uber and Lyft gets ugly

Two of the hottest startups for requesting rides from your smartphone are accusing each other of dirty tricks.

Google tightens Gmail spam filtering

Google is boosting Gmail's ability to detect and block malicious emails from spammers and scammers that exploit similarities among Unicode characters to dupe users into clicking on bad links.

Twitter sets the stage for video ads

Twitter is looking to boost its advertising business by letting more businesses pay to include video in their tweets.

Oracle slaps Oregon with a lawsuit over troubled Obamacare website

Oracle has sued Oregon for breach of contract, seeking more than US$20 million in fees the state is withholding for its work on Cover Oregon, a troubled insurance exchange website developed as part of President Barack Obama's health care policy overhaul.

U.S. court rules in favor of providing officials access to entire email account

A federal Judge Friday ruled that providing law enforcement with access to an entire email account in an investigation did not violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures of property.

Some SAP customers scratching their heads over how to use Hana, survey finds

Despite years of hype, some SAP customers remain puzzled over how the vendor's Hana in-memory computing platform can fit into their IT strategies, a newly released survey from the Americas' SAP Users' Group has found.

Google's YouTube buys Directr video app and makes it free

Google's YouTube division has bought the Directr movie-making app for smartphones and will offer it free.

IBM's 'click to buy' consulting services look beyond just IT

IBM hopes to expand its customer base and sell to executives outside of IT with a new set of consulting services that can be bought online with a credit card.

Salesforce.com sees the future of customer support in video

Salesforce.com is giving users of its Desk.com support application new features for embedding videos into support articles and Web pages, a move the vendor says will let them give their customers the help they need faster and more efficiently than text-based documentation alone.

Microsoft continues global CRM expansion in battle against Salesforce.com

Microsoft has expanded the availability of its cloud CRM software into 17 additional countries in a move sure to step up its rivalry with Salesforce.com.

Stealthy malware 'Poweliks' resides only in system registry

A new malware program called Poweliks attempts to evade detection and analysis by running entirely from the system registry without creating files on disk, security researchers warn.