James NiccolaiIDG News Service

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

For Microsoft's last CES keynote, Ballmer hawks Windows 8, Kinect

There was no surprise Bill Gates appearance nor much big news. But Microsoft delivered its last-ever Consumer Electronics Show keynote by touting its motion-sensing Kinect technology and upcoming Windows 8 OS.

Google offers Currents, a Flipboard-like app

Google has released a free mobile app that pulls content from different websites into one place and lets people build what looks a bit like their own personalized online magazine -- much like a number of other iOS apps led by Flipboard.

'Important' Oracle patent rejected in Google Android case

Oracle has suffered a setback in its lawsuit accusing Google of patent infringement and copyright violation in its Android operating system after the U.S. Patent and Trademark office rejected one of its Java-related patents.

S3 Graphics loses a patent fight with Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that Apple did not infringe technology patents owned by S3 Graphics and ended its investigation of the matter.

Adobe to reduce enterprise software investment

Adobe will cut 750 jobs and reduce its investment in enterprise software as part of a broader plan to target the fast-growing markets for digital media and digital marketing products.

US applies brakes to Google-Motorola

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Google for more information about its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, potentially slowing the transaction.

Are Motorola's patents enough to protect Android?

Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility will land it a vast portfolio of patents, but the legal obstacles facing its Android operating system are far from over, according to legal experts.

Twitter snaps up Bagcheck, a social 'lists' site

Twitter has acquired Bagcheck, an online service where people create lists of items that interest them.

Reports: Apple halts delivery of some Verizon iPads

Apple has reportedly halted the delivery of a small number of iPad 2s designed to work on the Verizon Wireless network because of a manufacturing glitch.

Intel speeds up road map to tackle threat from ARM

Intel CEO Paul Otellini says his company will dramatically shake up its microprocessor road map to meet the demand for very-low-power processors. He also rebuffed unconfirmed reports that Apple might move away from Intel chips to ARM-based processors.

Judge in Oracle-Google case gets a lesson in Java

Lawyers for Oracle and Google gave the judge overseeing their Java patent dispute a tutorial on Wednesday that underscored the complexity of the case between the two companies.

SugarCRM buys Lotus Notes tools, cozies up to IBM

SugarCRM bought a vendor of customer relationship management software for IBM Lotus Notes, while adding social CRM features for the iPad and other devices.

Has HP done enough to rival the iPad?

After HP unveiled a tablet computer earlier this week, the question many are asking is whether the company did enough to steal any thunder -- and business -- away from the iPad.

HP launches first run at the tablet market

Hewlett-Packard rolled out its debut entrant into the red-hot tablet market, the HP Touchpad, as well as two new smartphones. All three devices will run the latest version of webOS that HP acquired last year when it bought Palm.

Live Update: HP WebOS Event

Could we be about to see HP's first tablet with WebOS? Jason Snell is at the event in San Francisco to find out.