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Amazon on Tuesday launched a public beta of a service dubbed the Amazon Relational Database Service RDS. The main appeal: Allow customers to operate and scale database clusters while leaving pesky tasks like patching and administration to Amazon Web Services.

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Lenovo on Monday officially unveiled its Windows 7-powered lineup of IdeaPad laptops and IdeaCentre desktops, and the company is clearly upping the ante in the visual department. by Andrew Nusca

DeepDyve, a search engine that specializes in indexing the contents of documents published deep into a Web site, is announcing a Netflix-like service that allows users to "rent" documents such as medical journal articles on a per-use basis.

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