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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking his first-ever trip to China, where he will meet with Shanghai officials including members of  the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. That group was set up last year to trial more liberal market measures. Twitter has been banned in China since 2009, but Reuters said officials denied reports that internet restrictions (including blocking Twitter) will be loosened. Costolo has no plans to visit Beijing.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general Colin Powell is now Salesforce.com’s 11th board member. Neither board membership nor technology is new to Powell who is a director at Bloom Energy and a strategic limited partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Powell served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005 and served in the U.S. Army for 35 years.

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VMware is apparently constructing a new converged infrastructure appliance — under the codename Project Mystic — to be branded by parent company EMC. As CRN points out, this will impact VCE, the converged infrastructure company backed by VMware, Cisco and EMC. CRN’s Kevin McLaughlin noted that this could be a reaction to VCE’s decision to support Cisco’s ACI software-defined-networking technology instead of VMware’s NSX. VMware had no comment.

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North Bridge Venture Partners co-founders Rich Damore and Ed Anderson are stepping down as general partners although they will continue to be involved with the company’s second equity growth fund, according to Fortune’s Dan Primack. Damore and Anderson led a series of big deals over the past two decades and one source close to the company said this is a generational shift. Remaining movers and shakers at the company include Structure faves Paul Santinelli, Michael Skok and Jonathan Heiliger, who once ran operations at Facebook.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux is, as of today, available on Amazon GovCloud, the separate U.S. cloud region for workloads that must meet certain federal regulations and compliance requirements. RHEL has been available on other Amazon EC2 regions since 2011, and last year Red Hat made a free tier of RHEL service available to some qualified users. RHEL is seen as the standard Linux for enterprise accounts that need to show they are supported by their vendors for compliance and legal reasons.

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