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CNET News Daily Podcast: Google App Engine could bring cloud apps mainstream

Stephen Shankland explains why adding Java capabilities to Google's cloud-computing service could make the burgeoning technology much more common.

As the concept of cloud computing is becoming more familiar to people, Google is now making it easier to write programs that use it. Reporter Stephen Shankland stops by the podcast studio to talk about why a change Google made to its App Engine could dramatically increase the number of cloud-based apps on the market.

Also in this podcast: International spies hack into U.S. electricity grid; Silicon Valley venture capitalists feeling more positive; and Taiwan's Elan sues Apple over touchscreen patents used in the MacBook, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

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Today's stories:

Java makes Google App Engine more mainstream

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Taiwan's Elan sues Apple over touchscreen patents

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