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Webcast: Demystifying Azure and Microsoft's cloud strategy

Webcast: Demystifying Azure and Microsoft's cloud strategy Even if you're dragging your heels about moving your applications and data to the cloud, it's not too soon to hear more about Microsoft's cloud-computing platform. Mary Jo Foley sorts out what Azure is (and isn't) in a live Webcast today at 1pm ET/10am PT. Register now - free.

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Nokia, Intel partnership needs to focus on smartphones

Nokia, Intel partnership needs to focus on smartphones Jason Hiner: Under a partnership announced today, Nokia will use Intel chips in its mobile devices. No details yet about potential devices that could emerge from this deal. However, attempting to resurrect and reshape the MID would be a mistake.

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Microsoft antivirus: Free beta now available

Microsoft antivirus: Free beta now available Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft Security Essentials is the free anti-malware product that replaces the company's paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service. Downloads are limited to the first 75,000 for this beta test.

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Zappos CEO not all atwitter about social media

Zappos CEO not all atwitter about social media Tom Steinert-Threlkeld: For CEO Tony Hsieh's Zappos, the "real" social media -- and the way this online retailer builds relationships with its customers -- are the telephone call and the email conversation. Twittering and blogging are just for recreation.

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Does Neda killing video mark turning point for Iran?

Does Neda killing video mark turning point for Iran? Richard Koman: Can one bullet take down a regime? When that bullet kills an innocent young woman and her last minutes are captured on cellphone and played over and over again on YouTube, it's possible. The conversation has escaped those who would seek to control it.

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Iran protests meet the social Web: What we've learned
James Farrar: What corporate sustainability can learn from Twitter, Robert Scoble & Iran
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Can open source police open source?

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