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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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Microsoft warns users to kill botched KB 2949927 patch

Microsoft yanked SHA-2 patch KB 2949927, and now goes further and cautions users to uninstall the update

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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

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RoboVM beckons Java 8 programmers to iOS

The workaround technology lets developers use lambdas and defaults and provides full access to the hardware and the native iOS APIs

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

HP unveils enterprise cloud configuration manager

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

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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

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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Docker 1.3 tightens container security with digital signatures

The newest revision of Docker verifies digital signatures on containers, for deeper authentication and security features

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Apple and other tech giants now have to pay their fair share

Ireland puts an end to a tax loophole that saved Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook billions in taxes

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Patent trolls have one fewer legal loophole to hide behind

With one subtle stroke, the Judicial Conference of the United States retires an old rule -- and denies patent trolls a major weapon

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