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  • Oracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down as CEO, Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

    It's the end of an era at Oracle, as CEO Larry Ellison has been appointed executive chairman and CTO of the vendor, with co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs.

  • The Navy flew its new drone across the US Wednesday night

    The U.S. Navy's new surveillance drone completed its first cross-country flight across the United States Wednesday night.

  • As health care digitizes, consumer technologies will have greatest impact, says panel

    The health care industry has long been a laggard in adopting technology, but that will soon change as the challenge of aligning doctors, insurance companies and patients is figured out.

  • Google wants to enrich offline browsing

    Someday soon, users may be able to interact with their favorite websites even when these sites aren't accessible, thanks to a new browser standard called Service Workers being developed by Google.

  • Facebook turns its feed into a popularity contest

    Facebook users will soon start to see more posts higher in their feeds tied to popular events or topics of conversation, with less relevant posts getting pushed farther down.

  • Pink slips rain down on Microsoft

    As had been rumoured earlier this week, Microsoft lopped off a second set of jobs Thursday, cutting 2,100 positions, as part of a restructuring plan announced two months ago to eliminate 18,000 positions, or about 14 percent of the company's workforce.

  • Auditor: Healthcare.gov still lacks some basic security controls

    Healthcare.gov lacks several basic cybersecurity controls -- including strong passwords and consistent security patching -- nearly a year after the troubled launch of the insurance-shopping website, a government auditor said.

  • Dremel releases a 3D printer for the masses

    Dremel has announced the first 3D printer to come from a major tool manufacturer, the $999 Dremel 3D Idea Builder. Dremel called it a desktop machine for the masses.

  • 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.

  • Apple delivers final non-security Mavericks update

    Apple on Wednesday released OS X 10.9.5, what is most likely the last non-security update for Mavericks, just weeks before the company will ship the successor, Yosemite.

  • China says US hacking accusations are 'totally groundless'

    The Chinese government says accusations that it was involved in cyberattacks against U.S. transportation contractors are "totally groundless and untenable."

  • Ig Nobels promise scientific silliness – which is kind of the point

    Most of the time, the world of science is dry for very good reasons. The rigor of the scientific process demands extensive observation, experimentation and documentation of every minor facet of every minor phenomenon in nature – with the result that you get a lot of studies that cover only a single aspect of specific protein denaturing under a specific set of circumstances, or some such.

  • Citrix touts new ‘software-defined workplace' focus

    Citrix is laying out a new strategy to position itself as a "software-defined workplaces" company that enables its customers to have a mobile workforce that can access everything they need to be productive from anywhere and on any device.

  • Right-to-be-forgotten 'dashboard' to help EU's data protection authorities

    An electronic case-handling dashboard and a network of specialists will be created to help EU data protection authorities deal with complaints filed by people whose requests to delete search results based on a recent "right-to-be-forgotten" ruling is denied.

  • Red Hat acquires FeedHenry to get mobile app chops

    Red Hat wants a piece of the enterprise mobile app market, so it has acquired Irish company FeedHenry for approximately €63.5 million (US$82 million).

  • BitTorrent opens Bleep peer-to-peer encrypted chat program to public testing

    Nine months after revealing plans to develop a decentralized and encrypted chat application, BitTorrent has opened public testing for Windows, Mac and Android versions of the program Wednesday.

  • Orange offers 'smart app' dev tool and global M2M location service

    Network operator Orange wants to help businesses deliver relevant information to their customers, and keep track of things and people, with three new services that take advantage of its mobile networks.

  • Once your car's connected to the Internet, who guards your privacy?

    Once mobile devices are connected to car infotainment systems and cars are connected to the Internet, vehicles will become a rich source of data for manufacturers, marketers, insurance providers and the government. Oh, and they'll be a lucrative target for hackers, too.

  • Beyond FLOPS: The co-evolving world of computer benchmarking

    It used to be simple: Multiply the microprocessor's clock rate by four, and you could measure a computer's computational power in megaFLOPS (millions of floating point operations per second) or gigaFLOPS (billions of FLOPS.)

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    Microsoft heads back to the desktop

    Microsoft has flopped on smartphones and tablets. At the same time, its Windows 8.x has continued to be such an abject failure, with a mere 13.4% share of the PC market, that it's trailing even legendary fiasco Vista in market acceptance.