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Oracle is paying $532 million to snatch up another cloud service provider

Move follows the purchase of Textura last week for $663 million, as cloud holdout Oracle makes up for lost time

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Plug it in: Nginx Web Server now accepts more modules

R9 version also boosts load balancing; JavaScript additions still in development

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Microsoft serves up DIY bot development

Bots are simple apps that enable useful conversations with users, and Microsoft's new Bot Framework and Cognitive Services let you create them easily

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How to get started with Google Analytics

Google Analytics can provide valuable online insights, but unfortunately has a bit of a learning curve. Here's a beginner's guide to the basics

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Adobe rolls out new enterprise app creation service

The Experience Manager Mobile service can help business users without a lot of coding know-how to build professional-looking apps

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Project Kratos: AWS Lambda functionality, without Amazon lock-in

Iron.io uses Docker for a self-managing, stateless application stack, but forgoes the open source path

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Amazon eases Web encryption with AWS Certificate Manager

A new service provides free, automatically upgraded SSL/TLS certificates for sites supported by Amazon's load balancing and CDN systems

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Nginx Web server upgrade focuses on HTTP/2, authentication

Release 8 also offers service discovery and video caching improvements

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A better way to move past insecure SHA-1 certs

The digital certificate switchover from weak SHA-1 to the vastly stronger SHA-2 promises to be brutal, but a new industry proposal could ease the pain

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Ruby on Rails takes on Node.js with WebSocket support, API mode

The first beta for the 5.0 edition of the popular Web framework for Ruby is out, with WebSockets support as a major feature -- and with Ruby 2.2.2 as a requirement

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In 2016, the need for an API meta-language will crystallize

After the foundation of the Open API Initiative, API definition languages will finally converge

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Cisco's Spark grows into a phone and meeting platform for the cloud

The cloud-based service will get call features and integration with in-office collaboration systems next year

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Amazon Dedicated Hosts: Bye-bye to noisy cloud neighbors

Amazon's EC2 Dedicated Hosts nominally introduces better usage tracking and software licensing for VMs, but it could also help solve the cloud's 'noisy neighbor' problem

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Having fun with HTTP status codes

HTTP status codes go way beyond the 404 and 500 errors we have all encountered. Let's look at what they mean for a non-developer -- and figure out some of the geek humor that’s hidden in their midst

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Spark sits at the heart of IBM's reinvention

With 'Spark as a service,' IBM recasts many of the company's big data options around the analytics technology

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Dell steps up analytics push with Statistica 13, new vertical services

The company's Analytics-as-a-Service line has gained several new industry-specific offerings

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Amazon launches managed Elasticsearch service

The new service makes it easier to implement the popular open-source search and analytics tool

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Oracle services help you mix cloud and on-premises software

With a deployment portability feature, you can migrate your integration platform from the cloud to on-premises and back again

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