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EFF praises jury's fair use verdict in Oracle's suit against Google

On Thursday the jury in Oracle's $9.3 billion copyright lawsuit against Google unanimously found that Google was in the right when it used Java technology in its Android operating system. Privacy advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation lauded the jury's decision.

Spotlight: Microsoft and Facebook team on transatlantic cable to make the web more reliable

Microsoft and Facebook are teaming up to build what could be the most powerful transatlantic fiber optic cable yet, The Next Web said, all in an effort to make the web more reliable for everyone.

Amazon to heat up the AI competition with new cloud offering

Amazon is stepping up its competition with Google, Microsoft and IBM with a new service, Bloomberg reported. The service aims to simplify running artificial intelligence software on computers rented from the company.

Help wanted: A CIO for Facebook

Timothy Campos, the CIO of Facebook, announced via a Facebook post that he has decided to leave the company at the "end of this year," and Facebook has finally put up the job listing to replace him. 

Red Hat inks deal with Spanish bank BBVA to develop cloud-based digital banking services

Red Hat announced this week a strategic partnership with Spanish bank BBVA designed to create a digital banking platform supported by Red Hat cloud products, including OpenStack, OpenShift and CloudForms.

Spotlight: GitHub releases first ever diversity and inclusion report

GitHub is 64 percent male worldwide and 64 percent white in the U.S.

Massachusetts has strong tech sector, but few women in it

The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council recently released findings [.pdf] on the state's tech sector and women's role in it. Unfortunately, the numbers tell a disappointing story when it comes to women in the sector. Women don't make as much as men do, and worse, aren't getting their share of the jobs.

GoDaddy aims to help entrepreneurs get advice on their ideas with Flare

GoDaddy is dipping its toes into the startup world by releasing a mobile app called Flare that connects entrepreneurs to folks who can offer guidance and advice on their ideas.

Big job cuts expected in the wake of HPE spinoff

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced this week that it would offload its struggling consulting unit and merge it into a new company with competing IT services firm CSC. The numbers being projected by this new Frankenfirm are formidable. But as Recode noted, the layoff tally could also be huge.

Linksys boosts speed, range with new EA9500 wireless router

Linksys has brought together two new Wi-Fi features in its new EA9500 router that should increase Internet speeds quite a bit: AC5400 and MU-MIMO.

Intel's Skull Canyon NUC mini PC offers some flexibility, but at a cost

Intel's Skull Canyon NUC mini PC is different from the rest, according to a review at Ars Technica. The PC is almost twice as wide thanks to its need for cooling. Of course, the extra size leaves some more room for flexibility.

Spotlight: Worldwide CRM software up 12.3 percent in 2015, to $26.3B total

Gartner released a report showing that worldwide customer relationship management software totaled $26.3 billion in 2015. This is a 12.3 percent increase from the 23.4 billion seen in 2014.

Get ready for a new MacBook Pro with OLED display touch bar and touch ID

The MacBook Pro is getting a facelift. The Cupertino computing giant plans to roll out a lighter, thinner version of the popular laptop during this year, according to press reports.

 

Citrix opts for Microsoft's Azure as cloud of choice moving forward

Expanding their existing partnership, Citrix announced Tuesday that it has selected Microsoft's Azure as its cloud of choice. The two companies will also work on integrating Citrix XenMobile and NetScaler with Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Dropbox Enterprise makes small change to avoid big frustration

Dropbox has been making some improvements to Project Infinite. Now teams have a bit more security, as Dropbox no longer allows users to move shared team folders onto their local drive, a blog post explained.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM gets a new IoT tool

Microsoft announced Monday its update of Dynamics CRM 2016, complete with a new Internet of Things tool designed to improve customer service.

Spotlight: Business is booming for big data and business analytics

IDC predicted that revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from $122 billion in 2015 to $187 billion in 2019.

Cray's new Urika-GX system runs multiple analytics workloads at supercomputer speed

Cray has released the Urika-GX, an agile analytics system that brings together supercomputing tech and an open, enterprise-ready software framework to enable enterprises to process big data quickly.

For Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft is requiring more memory for first time in years

For the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update, for the first time in years, you'll need more memory to update your operating system.

SaaSGenius to offer Yelp-style reviews of enterprise software, but a good review may not be the only thing to consider

SaaSGenius is a site that is aiming to be a Yelp-style resource for enterprise SaaS. Users can search for software options and thumb through recommendations from third-party sources. These could be reviews, blog posts or guides about the product.