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Microsoft gets its edge back

Microsoft gets its edge back Larry Dignan: Microsoft has gotten under Apple's skin - at least its lawyers - got Google's attention with Bing and is even doing the Web app thing. And it's obvious the company is having fun. They're a lot more interesting to watch these days.

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Google: Nice quarter, but...

Google: Nice quarter, but... Sam Diaz: Google's expense management enabled the company to handily top its earnings targets, but there were Wall Street worries about the company's lack of revenue growth. Revenue per click was also a worry.

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IBM delivers strong second quarter, ups 2009 earnings outlook
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Sun: Our quarter stunk; Oracle: We'll get our accretive earnings anyway

Photo Gallery: The decade's 25 biggest tech flops

Photo Gallery: The decade's 25 biggest tech flops After nearly 10 years of working at CNET, executive editor David Carnoy looks back at the most hyped tech products that didn't pan out as planned--or just flat out bombed.

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Read the fine print in Microsoft's new application platform license

Read the fine print in Microsoft's new application platform license Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft (unsurprisingly) doesn't tout the fact, but its newest licensing agreement could leave enterprise customers product-less if they don't renew it.

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Microsoft to shut down its Popfly mashup tool
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SmartPlanet: Payback can be quick for social media

SmartPlanet: Payback can be quick for social media Joe McKendrick: There's been a perception that social media is a low-cost medium for companies, with many tools and services attainable at rock-bottom prices (or even free). But some say immersing your organization into an effective, robust social network can run up sizable charges in management and staff time. It might be well worth the price, new research shows.

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Social media lessons: United Airlines breaks guitars
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I love my Pre, but it feels defective

I love my Pre, but it feels defective Andrew Mager: I've been using the Palm Pre for about a week now, and it's the best mobile device I?ve ever used. But my newfangled phone has a few issues that make it feel cheap and fragile. Unacceptable!

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Palm launches webOS SDK, aims to bolster app lineup
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To the Moon: Rocketdyne, Keeper of the Flame

To the Moon: Rocketdyne, Keeper of the Flame Jason Perlow: The historic Apollo 11 mission in July of 1969 culminated in the first manned moon landing. The Rocketdyne F-1 rocket engine, producing 1.5 million pounds of takeoff thrust and fueled with Liquid Kerosene (RP-1) and Liquid Oxygen, was the core component of the S-IC boost stage that propelled the Apollo astronauts to the Moon.

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PCs need a brand (and why Microsoft stores could revolutionize how a consumer buys one)

Andrew Nusca: Microsoft plans to open retail stores this fall to combat Apple head-on. Here's why it's a good idea and a step toward addressing the need for a cohesive "PC" identity.

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