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Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

Facebook brings back the hack

In an effort to challenge programmers worldwide, Facebook has brought back its Hacker Cup contest for a third round.

LinkedIn open sources search engine

Joining its fellow social-networking companies in the public release of internal code, LinkedIn has opened sourced software obtained in October with its purchase of the IndexTank search-engine software provider.

Adobe donates Flex to Apache

In a move that appears to be another step away from its Flash platform, Adobe has submitted the code for its Flash-based Flex framework to the Apache Software Foundation to be managed as an independent project.

Barnes & Noble launches Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble launched its widely expected tablet Monday, taking on the soon-to-be released tablet from book-selling rival Amazon.

Opera CTO: Kill the browser scroll bar

Hakon Wium Lie, the creator of the widely used CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and current CTO of Opera, wants to replace the browser scroll bar with page-based navigation.

Adobe launches cloud services for content creators

Adobe is planning to launch a series of Internet-hosted services, called Creative Cloud, designed for creators of digital content, the company said Monday.

Amazon's new Silk redefines browser tech

While the Kindle Fire tablet consumed much of the focus at Amazon's launch event Wednesday in New York, the company also showed off its new browser for the tablet, which it calls Silk.

VMware CEO: Cloud to end computer desktop era

VMware CEO Paul Maritz says customers should think beyond the desktop computer.

HP to spin off PC business, shutter webOS device division

Hewlett-Packard announced on Thursday that it's investigating spinning off its PC manufacturing business and is closing down its webOS device business.

Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 not successful yet

Speaking at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer conceded that his company's smartphone OS hasn't made a dent in the market.

W3C chastises Apple on HTML5 patenting

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is seeking to invalidate a pair of Apple patents so the underlying technologies can be used as part of a royalty-free HTML5 stack.

Oracle virtual desktops opened to iPad access

Oracle introduced an iPad app that will allow users to access their Oracle virtual desktops.

Google: Mobile map search surging past desktop use

Google is experiencing a shift towards more mobile use, an executive says.

DOJ ruling against Microsoft impacted browsers little

The browser market is far more vigorous today than in 1998, but probably not because of government intervention involving Microsoft.

U.S. launches wireless public safety network

The major U.S. telecommunications carriers join the U.S. government in creating a public safety network