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Azure pricing: How low will Microsoft go?

Azure pricing: How low will Microsoft go? Mary Jo Foley: Next week, Microsoft plans to share pricing and licensing details for its Azure cloud computing environment. As a latecomer to the cloud, Microsoft needs to offer steep discounts if it wants to compete with the likes of Amazon and Google.


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Apple iPod touch: Market-busting disruption

Apple iPod touch: Market-busting disruption Andrew Nusca: MP3 players have nearly given up. ' Small netbooks are scared. Feature phones are frustrated. E-readers are concerned. And now, compact digital cameras and mini camcorders (like the Flip) are quakin' in their boots. Will an iPod touch refresh yield Apple its most disruptive product yet?


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Can Yahoo steal the search throne from Google with Search Pad?

Can Yahoo steal the search throne from Google with Search Pad? Sam Diaz: Yahoo is launching a new search feature today that could give the embattled company an opportunity to do what it -- and others --have been unable to do in recent years: truly challenge Google in the search business. See what makes this cloud-based smart tool such a game changer.


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The $0.99 Netbook has arrived, on Sprint

The $0.99 Netbook has arrived, on Sprint Andrew Nusca: It's a race to the bottom. Best Buy and Sprint have teamed up to offer a Compaq-branded HP Mini 110c netbook for only 99 cents when you sign a two-year data contract. Normally, the system would run you $389 at Best Buy, no contract.


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SmartPlanet: Is hydrogen fuel the answer? GM thinks so

SmartPlanet: Is hydrogen fuel the answer? GM thinks so John Dodge: GM is still pushing ahead hard with hydrogen. A spokesman says though the company is under pressure to slash costs, it "continues to believe hydrogen is a key to solving the nation's mid-to-long term issues of energy security, reduced petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions."


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What should SAP do with its $5bn war chest?

Dennis Howlett: Speculation abound whether SAP will hit the numbers it has internally set itself for Q2. The old 'will they get acquired and if so by whom?' discussion has also reared its head. What should SAP do?


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