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Microsoft announces Azure cloud computing pricing

Microsoft announces Azure cloud computing pricing Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft reconfirmed today that its cloud computing platform will be commercially available this November and unveiled pricing for its Azure components -- base OS, hosted database and messaging service.

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Dell aims to diversify away from PCs, but how? Larry Dignan: Dell chief Michael Dell said that the company will pursue acquisitions, alter its business mix upstream away from PCs and be an innovator in the data center. But the strategy was short on detail in many areas. After all, why would Dell signal what companies it planned to acquire?

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MS Patch Tuesday: 9 bulletins, 6 rated critical

MS Patch Tuesday: 9 bulletins, 6 rated critical Ryan Naraine: Microsoft on Tuesday released six bulletins with fixes for at least nine documented security vulnerabilities in a range of products that put users at risk of malicious hacker attacks.

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SmartPlanet: Will your genetic source be open or closed? Dana Blankenhorn: Is a patent a hurdle to innovation? Genomes are being studied under both patented "closed source" and "open source" methods. Can the power to cure be found in the proprietary, or the public?

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Dumb wireless pipe wars: Google Voice coming to BlackBerry, Android

Dumb wireless pipe wars: Google Voice coming to BlackBerry, Android Larry Dignan: Google Voice is coming to the BlackBerry and Android phones in a move that could make the search giant your phone company. The move is also the latest sign of a tug-of-war between carriers that want to be value added services and device and mobile software players that see the carriers as mere dumb pipes.

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Why the first Chrome netbooks may not be so revolutionary

Why the first Chrome netbooks may not be so revolutionary John Morris: There's still a lot we don't know about what a Google netbook will look like. But based on what little Google has revealed and the reports of dual-boot systems, one possibility is that initially the Chrome OS will turn out to be Google's version of the pre-boot micro-operating systems already found on several laptops and netbooks, which are also based on a lightweight Linux distribution.

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Jason D. O'Grady: Apple today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in just one year. An impressive feat, or is it? What does this number actually mean? If you ask me, it's a total joke.

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