James NiccolaiIDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service.

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Why Facebook thinks Oculus is worth $2 billion

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg sees virtual reality as the next major computing platform.

IRS will tax Bitcoin as property, rather than as currency

Investors welcomed the news, but it could also mean additional record-keeping for people who spend bitcoins like cash.

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Judge rebukes Apple for invoking nationalist bias but denies Samsung a retrial

Apple's remarks in a patent trial suggested an 'American-versus-non-American theme' to the jury, Judge Koh said.

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How Intel is buying, building a piece of the tablet market

Intel is pushing into the mobile market by cutting deals with tablet developers to use its chips.

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Neiman Marcus notifying customers of card data breach

The incident follows a massive data theft at Target affecting up to 110 million customers.

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A robotic camera for the ultimate video selfie

The Soloshot 2 is your own personal cameraman.

SNL cast helps Marissa Mayer launch Yahoo News Digest

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Mayer also announced the first in a series of digital magazines from Yahoo

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Qualcomm brings its Snapdragon chip to the car

The 602A will support services like HD video and gesture recognition

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iPhone graphics chip designer adds more oomph to GPUs

Imagination says its new line of PowerVR CPUs are 50 percent faster than their predecessors.

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Take a tour of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior

Greenpeace brought its new ship to San Francisco. Let's take a quick tour.

Apple's Siri chief moves to Samsung to build connected device platform

The engineer who oversaw development of Apple's Siri technology is now at Samsung building an online service for linking together the "Internet of things."

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Record bitcoin payment of $1 million spent on new mining hardware

Bitpay just processed its first $1 million transaction using the digital currency.

Apple and Samsung spar over 'massive disclosure' of leaked license contracts

Apple and Samsung Electronics exchanged heated words in court Tuesday over allegations that Samsung's lawyers leaked details of confidential Apple licensing agreements to Samsung executives.

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Yahoo reports another sales drop as ad clicks yield less

The number of people using Yahoo’s services has grown, but the company hasn’t turned those users into top-line growth.

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10 interesting business tidbits from Twitter's IPO filing

Twitter made its IPO documents public Thursday and in the process revealed some juicy information about the company, like how much money it makes (or loses) and how much its executives get paid. Here are a few of the details we learned about Twitter today.

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