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How photo app Polarr topped the App Store the uncommon way

Polarr opted not to build an app specifically for Apple's iOS software, instead going the less-traveled route of using more-universal Web technologies. That decision is now paying off with droves of downloads.

By July 2, 2015

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HTML5 is done, but two groups still wrestle over Web's future

The World Wide Web Consortium finishes an update to this seminal Internet technology, but with two organizations in charge of the same Web standard, charting the Web's future is a mess.

By October 28, 2014

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Oracle gets a chance to rewrite software law

By arguing that programming interfaces called APIs can be copyrighted, Oracle could trigger new legal burdens for technology companies -- such as those building cloud-computing platforms.

By May 7, 2012

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VMware and Red Hat: The war for the data center

The two companies used to be the best of friends, but the need to control the data center increasingly puts them at odds.

By May 6, 2010

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The upside to Apple's control freakishness

Apple and Google bring diverse, opposing strengths to their battle for the mobile Web.

By May 5, 2010

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Apache Cassandra gets boost from Riptano (Q&A)

A new company has launched to support the popular Cassandra open-source database. In this Q&A with Riptano founder Matt Pfeil, we learn why Cassandra makes sense in the new way of Web architecture.

By May 2, 2010

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The 'year of the Linux desktop' has passed

Many in the open-source community have been waiting for the "Linux desktop" to arrive for years, but they appear to have missed obvious signs that we're beyond it.

By February 18, 2010

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What we'll pay for on the Web

Digitization makes content completely free, which most of us actually don't want, at least not most of the time. Instead, we'll happily pay for filters to make digital abundance manageable.

By January 26, 2010

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NoSQL and the future of cloud databases

New tools dubbed NoSQL may help developers achieve Internet-scale for their database driven applications.

By December 9, 2009

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Why Microsoft should open-source Internet Explorer

Microsoft has been reactionary toward open source for far too long. It's time to open-source Internet Explorer and start giving its competitors grief.

By December 1, 2009