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Microsoft vs. DoJ: The battle for privacy in the cloud

Is a U.S. warrant enough to force an American company to breach privacy laws abroad? Microsoft with the support of friends and foes alike, says no

China was brutal to US tech firms in 2014

Microsoft, Cisco, and Qualcomm all faced a tougher regulatory environment in China this year, and next year may be no better

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Developers get real numbers on JavaScript library usage

Libscore crawls the top million websites to gather and track information on which JavaScript libraries are being used

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5 signs Microsoft is serious about making Azure an enterprise hybrid cloud

Here are five of Microsoft's most recent moves aimed at making Windows and Azure your hybrid cloud platform

Top five smartphone disappointments of the year

New iPhones should have had a better front camera and the Moto G should have had LTE, among other disappointments

Microsoft helps crack developer problems with Bing-based tool

Bing Developer Assistant now works with C#, but more languages are on the way

Salesforce connects SharePoint files to its cloud with new tool

Salesforce Files Connect lets users index, search, and share SharePoint Online and on-premise files in one place

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Stanford 'high-rise' chip takes on IoT and big data

By layering processing and memory on top of each other, chips 'leap frog' in performance

Google Cloud offers streamlined Ubuntu for Docker use

Ubuntu Core provides a minimal Lightweight Linux environment for running containers

Google's work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo's help

Code has been migrated to GitHub to foster involvement from the wider tech community

2014: The year in quotes

Security breaches, letters to the FCC, Facebook's user-emotion study, Bitcoin travails contributed to quotes of the year

Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule

Months earlier than predicted by Google's head of open source, Google today announced support for the international OpenDocument Format in its Google Drive suite of apps

Modular Java's changes could break IDEs

As Oracle presses forward with Project Jigsaw, it is notifying developers of potential changes to apps and IDEs that use the JDK

Microsoft throws open doors to Sway beta

Large response to the new Web-based publishing tool led Microsoft to expand its test program

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New patch KB 3025096 fixes Windows 10 Technical Preview patch KB 3020114

But why did it take Microsoft so long to post an official notification?

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Functional programming piques Ruby founder, picks up Python compiler

Streem could end up being the basis for future Ruby upgrades, while Mochi brings key functional programming features to Python

Android apps exploit permissions to access personal info, researchers find

One Android app in three accesses users' locations, and two in three track users' identities, a study found

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IBM's Design Language is no Bootstrap killer

IBM's newly unveiled Design Language for Web and mobile doesn't lock users into templates, but it's also much less immediately functional

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