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The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy published new guidelines and FAQs to ease adoption of President Obama’s open data policy. In May,  the president signed an order mandating that agencies use machine-readable and open data formats when they collect or create information so it can be re-used efficiently.

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This account pokes holes in IBM’s cloud computing revenue story. About half of IBM’s current cloud revenue is tied to hardware — often hardware used to run a customer or partner cloud — according to InformationWeek, which cites IBM documents provided by a former employee.  The SEC is looking into how IBM calculates cloud revenue.

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Facebook is building an online payment system to take on industry giant PayPal, according to AllThingsD. Facebook’s service would let online shoppers pay for their purchases using their Facebook ID and log-in, provided they have already linked their credit card information with their Facebook account. Other competitors in this market include Google and Stripe.

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says Google “copied” Oracle’s stuff and pinned the blame on Google CEO Larry Page.

“I think what he did was absolutely evil,” Ellison told CBS’s Charlie Rose. “I 100 percent blame Larry Page … When you write a program for  Android, you use Oracle Java code for everything and at the very end you push a button ‘convert this to Android format.”

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Bill Henningsgaard a former Microsoft sales and marketing exec,  his 17-year-old son, and two others, were killed in a plane crash outside of New Haven, Conn. on Friday.  The  private plane crashed into houses near the Tweed-New Haven Municipal Airport. Henningsgaard, a 14-year Microsoft veteran, was executive director of Eastside Pathways

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One of the mysteries of the Prism data collection controversy is how Edward Snowden, an IT guy and not an agent after all, had access to all the stuff he leaked. But, the National Security Agency will be cutting 90 percent of its systems administrators and automating many of their tasks, according to Reuters. NSA Director Keith Alexander disclosed the plan — without mentioning Snowden by name — Thursday at a cybersecurity conference in New York. Alexander was, in essence, restating plans that others at the agency have already laid out.

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Cloudscaling CTO Randy Bias made waves recently with an open letter calling for the OpenStack faithful to embrace Amazon Web Services APIs in their clouds. His letter, which took issue with Rackspace’s refusal to adopt these APIs, spawned another open letter from Rackspace’s Robert Scoble. Now, in a take-two post, Bias concedes he should have called for a community focus on the issue but sticks to his guns on most of his key points.

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