James NiccolaiIDG News Service

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

UltraViolet could mean you'll really 'own' that movie

A group of Hollywood studios and technology companies has come up with a system for buying digital movies and TV shows that's supposed to do away with the problem of content being locked to a narrow set of devices by the company that sold it.

Skype buys Qik mobile video streaming service

Skype has acquired Qik, the mobile-to-mobile video streaming service, as part of an effort to expand its voice and video calling service beyond PCs and to more devices.

Yahoo opens 'chicken coop' green data center

Yahoo has opened a new data center in New York state that runs on hydro power and will be cooled almost entirely by fresh air.

Mark Hurd may take job at Oracle, report says

Former HP boss Mark Hurd is in talks to take a job at Oracle, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources.

Oracle sues Google over Java use in Android

Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google, charging that its Android phone software infringes on Oracle patents and copyrights related to Java.

HP wants Palm OS for Web-connected printers, Hurd says

HP is buying Palm because it wants the company's operating system to use in Web-connected printers, Chairman and CEO Mark Hurd said on Tuesday.

Twitter gives the lowdown on its new business model

Twitter's COO described a two-pronged plan on Wednesday for how the company plans to make money.

Biz Stone: Twitter has 105 million users

Twitter's co-founders kicked off the first-ever developer conference with word that the service has 105 million users.

Dell sues five LCD makers for alleged price-fixing

Dell has filed a lawsuit against five LCD makers for allegedly colluding to fix prices for their products, a Dell spokesman said Monday.

Ex-Sun chief dishes dirt on Gates, Jobs

Jonathan Schwartz has started dishing dirt from his days at Sun in a blog called "What I couldn't say..."

Google hit with antitrust probe in Europe

Google is being investigated by antitrust regulators in Europe, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

PayPal: India payments suspended for 'at least a few months'

PayPal said a ban on personal transactions to and from India will continue for "at least a few months."

3D TV: Separating the hope from the hype

3D TVs were on show everywhere at CES, but it's far from certain that the technology will take off in a big way in homes this year.

Yahoo gets new rivals for Connected TV

Yahoo has signed up new partners for Connected TV but also faces new competition from DivX, Vudu and other Internet TV platforms.

New pico projectors debut, aim for prime time

New pico projectors are making their entrance at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, from Microvision, 3M and others.