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Lenovo says strike in China is IBM’s problem

Lenovo says strike in China is IBM’s problem

In January, IBM and Lenovo entered into a deal that would see Lenovo buying the low-end x86 server business from IBM. The deal meant that Lenovo would also be acquiring manufacturing facilities in China along with a number of new employees. Over the last week or so about 1000 workers at one of the facilities that Lenovo would get in the purchase have been on strike.

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IBM wants Watson in a smartphone with app challenge

IBM wants Watson in a smartphone with app challenge

IBM is throwing open the cognitive computing power of Watson to mobile developers, setting up a new challenge to create apps that take advantage of the supercomputer's natural language processing, machine-learning, and ability to process huge qualities of data in seconds. The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, which will be accepting entries over the next three months, is looking for the best consumer and enterprise applications for the supercomputer that beat Jeopardy, as it tries to encourage adoption of its APIs.

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AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech

AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech

AT&T and IBM are teaming up for the Internet of Things (IoT) on a huge scale, planning to outfit smart cities with cameras, roads, utility meters, and more that can all intercommunicate as residents and cars move around them. The "global alliance" will see AT&T and IBM first look at gathering and crunching Big Data from cities and utilities, potentially integrating news of traffic jams, parking lot congestion, where police and other emergency services are located, and even social media reports from those living or working in the city to dynamically shape urban planning.

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IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM has been in the news frequently this month, the latest of which involves a new contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- better known as DARPA -- to bring its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) to reality, making self-destructing electronics a variable technology.

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IBM’s Watson supercomputer uses social media to profile users

IBM’s Watson supercomputer uses social media to profile users

IBM's Watson supercomputer has been tasked with profiling users from one side of the Internet to the other, using information it gathers from social media accounts to learn about individuals. This information can then be used by service providers and similar to best reach out to customers and potential customers, and could also be used by advertisers.

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Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Late last year, Twitter was on the receiving end of a letter from IBM claiming the microblogging website was infringing on three of its vast trove of patents. IBM proposed an amicable "business resolution" to the budding legal dispute -- teaspoon of honey and all that -- and it seems such a resolution has been struck, with Twitter acquiring more than 900 of the company's patents.

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Lenovo grabs IBM x86 server business in $2.3bn deal

Lenovo grabs IBM x86 server business in $2.3bn deal

Lenovo has inked a deal to buy IBM's x86 server business, taking Big Blue's Intel-based hardware division off its hands for $2.3bn. The two companies will also kick off a strategic relationship that will see Lenovo act as a reseller for certain IBM products, including enterprise storage systems and various software packages; IBM will still keep its fingers in the server pie, however, developing Windows and Linux software for x86 models.

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Pension fund sues IBM for torpedoing China sales with NSA spy program

Pension fund sues IBM for torpedoing China sales with NSA spy program

A pension fund has sued IBM for $12.9 billion in revenue losses caused by the recent revelation of its partnership with the US Congress and the NSA to spy on Chinese customers. Many of China's companies pulled out of business arrangements with IBM after it became known that IBM was using its technology to collect customer information for the NSA. The suit cites IBM's open lobbying effort to persuade Congress to pass the bill allowing the spying program known as Prism.

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NVIDIA Tesla K40 accelerator is world’s fastest for supercomputers

NVIDIA Tesla K40 accelerator is world’s fastest for supercomputers

NVIDIA has outed its most powerful GPU-based processing accelerator to-date, the Tesla K40, and it's headed to supercomputers in 2014. Mustering up to 40x the performance of the last-gen K20X, the K40 delivers 1.43 teraflops of processing power from its 2,880 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR5 memory. There'll be plenty of opportunity for it to show what it can do, too; NVIDIA has inked a collaboration with IBM that will see the two company's silicon sharing supercomputer space from next year.

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IBM Watson API makes supercomptuer available as a service for apps

IBM Watson API makes supercomptuer available as a service for apps

IBM's Watson question answering supercomptuer is an impressive bit of kit. The machine has competed very well against humans in many areas, including on the game show Jeopardy. IBM has announced a new API that makes the Watson question answering machine available as a service.

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Apple grabs top spot on list of the world’s most valuable brands

Apple grabs top spot on list of the world’s most valuable brands

Apple has been one of the most valuable companies in the world for a long time. The list of the most valuable brands in all the world has been published again by Forbes and Apple is at the top of that list for the third time. Despite Apple remaining at the top, the list has shuffled compared to the last time we talked about it in September. In September, Apple held the top spot, Google was in second place, Coca-Cola was in third, IBM was fourth, and Microsoft was in the fifth-place spot.

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IBM dual factor NFC-based authentication system unveiled

IBM dual factor NFC-based authentication system unveiled

Dual form factor authentication has been used for a long time to add an additional layer of security both online and in the real world. Dual factor authentication requires a user to offer some sort of physical token along with something they know such as a password to access systems secured using the technique. Technology giant IBM has announced a new dual factor authentication system that is NFC-based and intended to help users keep online accounts and services secure.

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