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The city of Los Angeles votes unanimously to "Go Google," a monumental decision that could puts Google and cloud computing in the hot seat. by Sam Diaz

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Researchers from CA have intercepted a new ransomware variant encrypting popular file extensions and demanding a $100 for the decryption software.

Research in Motion's BlackBerry Storm2 smooths the rough edges of the original. But that doesn't mean it's any more competitive in the race for the top smartphone. by Andrew Nusca

SAP's third quarter was a mixed bag. Earnings were a touch better than expectations, but revenue and the outlook disappointed investors. Meanwhile, SAP said the software market showed "signs of stabilization," but remained difficult. by Larry Dignan

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