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James Niccolai

IDG News Service

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Recent articles by James Niccolai

With OpenPower, IBM tries to turn the tables on Intel

April 23, 2014

An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Google and Facebook.

HP to pay $108 million for overseas bribery and corruption

April 09, 2014

Hewlett-Packard will pay US$108 million in penalties after subsidiaries in Russia, Poland and Mexico were found to have paid bribes to win business, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Fifty years on, mainframer remembers 'a fantastic time to be an engineer'

April 04, 2014

The make-or-break project kept engineers just out of college working around the clock hunting down bugs. The product had so much buzz that speculators bought up units to resell later for a profit. The company invested so much in development that its future was riding on success.

US will tax Bitcoin as property, like stocks, rather than as currency

March 25, 2014

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has said it will treat Bitcoin as a form of property for tax purposes, rather than as currency, making it subject to similar rules as stocks and barter transactions.

Facebook buying Oculus VR virtual-reality company for $2 billion

March 25, 2014

Facebook has reached a surprise deal to buy Oculus VR, developer of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, for about $2 billion, the social network said Tuesday.

Facebook's Oculus VR buy is about much more than gaming

March 25, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg has seen the future, and it's inside a virtual-reality headset.

Does Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto have a case against Newsweek?

March 19, 2014

This week's emphatic denial from Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto that he had anything to do with the creation of Bitcoin also hinted at a possible lawsuit against Newsweek, though legal experts say it would be an uphill battle.

HP claims it's solved the two big problems with 3D printing

March 19, 2014

Hewlett-Packard claims to have solved the two biggest problems with today's 3D printers and will make its first big technology announcement in that area in June, CEO Meg Whitman said Wednesday.

Will Satya Nadella launch Office for iPad next week?

March 17, 2014

Satya Nadella will hold his first press conference as Microsoft's CEO next week, and reports are emerging that he'll unveil a version of the Office suite for Apple's iPad.

US school offers first-of-a-kind graduate degree in data center engineering

March 05, 2014

Plenty of people have engineering degrees but not many have one specific to data centers. A university in Dallas is offering what it says will be a first-of-its-kind graduate degree in data center engineering.