A call for more cloud computing transparency

Monday Morning Opener: Cloud revenue from vendors is hard to take at face value, but there could be better transparency in other places too. Here are three suggestions to ponder.








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Worst tech mergers and acquisitions: Cisco and Linksys; Apple and Lala.com

A corporate merger, like a marriage, can yield a whole stronger than its parts -- or it can end in utter disaster. In ZDNet's ramp up to Valentine's Day 2016, we countdown the worst corporate romances in IT history.








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Google planning VR headset to work with updated Android software: Report

Is this the start of a serious VR craze? Google is working on a virtual reality headset to take on Facebook's Oculus and Samsung's Gear VR, according to a new report. But in Google's case, the software is what's important.








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Right on cue, Windows 10 has overtaken XP

Netmarketshare's January numbers put Windows 10 ahead of XP, which is consistent with its stable growth, if not XP's decline








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iPad Air 3 will reportedly feature Smart Connector for accessories, no 3D Touch

The iPad Air 3 will be like a slimmed down iPad Pro when it launches in May, according to a new report.








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Windows 10 subscriptions aren’t happening. Here’s why

One of the most persistent questions I hear about Windows 10 involves what happens when the free upgrade offer ends. Is Microsoft going to start charging subscription fees? After a close look at the company's financials, I'm convinced the answer is an emphatic no.








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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer working on website to understand government

After leaving Microsoft, Ballmer is living a very interesting life. In a recent interview, his new "10k for government" project has been revealed.








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Twitter’s timeline showing tweets out of order could launch next week

The current 'While you were away' feature will become standard on the new Twitter.








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Top Windows Mobile news of the week: Big slow ring build, Microsoft buys SwiftKey

This week in Windows Mobile Microsoft bought SwiftKey and a big build hit the Insider's Slow Ring.








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Top iOS news of the week: New products coming, Apple dinged for big bucks, ZAGG and Mophie

This week in iOS we saw ZAGG buy Mophie, a judge slaps Apple for a big amount of cash, and an Apple event is coming with new products.








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