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16 tips for thriving as an IT contractor

Companies continue to supplement their full-time technical ranks with temporary contractors. Here’s how to make it work.

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GopherJS nudges Google Go past Dart in JavaScript Web development

With GopherJS, front-end code can be written in Go language, then compiled to JavaScript

Three ways IBM can shine after shedding its CPUs

With its processor division on the way out, IBM turns to software and services to stay profitable and relevant, but there's no magic wand for Big Blue

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial intelligence is as elusive as ever

Salesforce.com's expert on AI assesses the state of machine smarts at O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World

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IBM re-creates itself with focus on research, software, and advanced systems

With the sale of its semiconductor business, IBM emphasized several important things about its business, research, and jobs direction

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Tor-based anonymizing router gets pulled from Kickstarter for rules violations

Kickstarter alleges that the Anonabox project's creator misled contributors, thus breaking the crowdfunding service's rules

GlobalFoundries to take over IBM's semiconductor unit in $1.3 billion deal

The chip maker is getting factories, patents, employees -- and a $1.3 billion payment from IBM

Is your Ethernet fast enough? Four new speeds are in the works

Cloud providers, carriers, and fast Wi-Fi users are all looking for fatter pipes

BI startup's cloud service makes big data understandable

ClearStory Data's Collaborative Storyboards offers a way to present data in a series of live visualizations

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5 ways Docker is fixing its networking woes

Networking for Docker containers has never been easy, but these five projects offer ideas for improvement

Microsoft yanks botched patch KB 2949927, re-issues KB 2952664

Windows 7 upgrade compatibility patch gets a tweaked installer, while the SHA-2 hashing patch is summarily removed without explanation

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Four more botched Microsoft patches: KB 3000061, KB 2984972, KB 2949927, KB 2995388

Windows users are reporting significant problems with four more October Black Tuesday patches

Chipmaker AMD will cut staff by 7 percent

AMD's layoff news comes just a week after Lisa Su took over as CEO

HP unveils enterprise cloud configuration manager

Distributed Cloud Networking harnesses SDN and network virtualization to automate turn up of large scale clouds

Tech industry likes Obama nominee for patent office

Tech groups praise the nomination of former Googler Michelle Lee to fill a post empty for a year and a half

Apple SIM has great potential, but widespread changes will take time

Apple SIM lets iPad users choose between data plans from different operators just by touching the screen

Google's ambitious broadband plans include testing wireless technology

If Google feels a combination of wired and wireless broadband at gigabit speeds is feasible, it will put pressure on competitors to follow suit

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Joyent staves off talk of a Node.js fork

Joyent form advisory board to open up the process of evolving the popular server-side JavaScript platform

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