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Open-source cloud-computing tools could give companies greater flexibility.

Cloud-computing platforms such as Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Microsoft’s Azure Services Platform, and Google App Engine have given many businesses flexible access to computing resources, ushering in an era in which, among other things, startups can operate with much lower infrastructure costs. Instead of having to buy or rent…

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Applications built on social networks may be the ideal way to distribute malicious code.

Ever since Facebook opened its doors to third-party applications a year and a half ago, millions of users have employed miniature applications to play games, share movie and song recommendations, and even “zombie-bite” their friends. But as the popularity of third-party applications has grown, computer-security researchers have also begun worrying…

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Chrome is designed to make online applications faster, more stable, and easier to use.

Google launched a browser optimized to run Web applications on Tuesday, a move that some observers believe could help loosen Microsoft’s grip on personal computing. The new browser, called Chrome, has been built to enhance the performance, stability, and usability of complex Web applications. It could help broaden the appeal…

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