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Over the past few days I've been thinking quite a bit about the differences between Microsoft's latest Windows 7 and Canonical's Ubuntu 9.10. Specifically, I've been thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of each of the operating systems.

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In this article I'll answer some frequently asked questions about Android 2.0 from regular users and developers. Just for fun I've tossed in a few questions about the new Motorola DROID phone as well. This is the last of a 3-part series. by Ed Burnette
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What began as an interesting technological experiment has now become an opportunity for IT to shape its future, says Fortisphere's Lilac Berniker.
If you're a small Web 2.0 business, you shouldn't have to build an application from scratch to properly bill your customers. by Andrew Nusca

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