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South by Southwest kicks off today

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

Ten programming languages in demand

If you want to make money in programming what are the best languages to learn? Well, this was put this question to a host of developers, recruiters, born-on-the-Web startups and the creators of some of the most widely used programming languages out there. However, picking the language that is right for you also has as much to do with what kind of development you want to do and who you might want to work for as it does with how much money you want to earn. This reveals what was found.

Google Android, Apple iOS Now on Pentagon's List of Mobile Devices

Google's Android and Apple's iOS mobile operating systems will now compete with BlackBerry for dominance in mobile device deployments inside the U.S. Department of Defense as the agency moves further away from BlackBerry devices.

In a new Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan announced Feb. 26 by the Pentagon, the DoD says it will continue to push ahead with opening its ranks to new devices. The DoD dropped BlackBerry (which was then known as Research In Motion until a name change in January) as its primary mobile device supplier last October.

The move to bring in other devices is part of the defense agency's mobile strategy, adopted in June 2012, which calls for improving the department's mobile devices, wireless infrastructure and mobile applications.

Dow has surpased the 2007 closing high and made a new all time high

     Almost four years after its 2009 bottom, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU +0.89%) pushed past both its 2007 closing high and its all-time intraday high on Tuesday.

The blue chips topped the old closing high of 14,164.53 right after Tuesday's open and then blasted through its all-time intraday high of 14,198.10. The Dow closed up 126 points at 14,254. The index hit a new intraday high of 14,286.37.

The rally's catalysts were strength in Asian and European markets after decent economic news from China. In addition, a report on the growth in the U.S. non-manufacturing economy was better than expected.

 

OpenStack: The 5-minute Overview

 

OpenStack OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

Who's behind OpenStack? Founded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, OpenStack has grown to be a global software community of developers collaborating on a standard and massively scalable open source cloud operating system. Our mission is to enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware.

Ibm drops the other Openstack shoe at Pulse 2013 conference

IBM Pulse 2013 Conference

At Pulse 2013 we'll bring you four days of top-notch education with over 500 sessions that demonstrate how to apply the right tools, technologies and best practices to help your organization achieve business without limits. These sessions will focus on applying the transformative power of cloud computing and securely evolving beyond the data center into the world of smarter assets and enterprise mobility. When coupled with an analytical approach to improving Visibility, Control and Automation, the result is an increasingly smarter physical infrastructure supporting today's highly dynamic technology-oriented business models.

This year's sessions will provide valuable insights into:

Whatever your role, industry or technology needs, you will find the information you need at Pulse 2013.

The Worlds Top Billionaires for 2013

 

Another 200 people became billionaires in the past 12 months, bringing the planet's total to a record 1,426 billionaires, according to the latest tally by Forbes.

Forbes has been assembling its annual list of the world's wealthiest individuals since 1987; that year, the financial news magazine found 140 billionaires.

The men and women on the latest list had a net worth, on average, of $3.8 billion, an increase of $100 million from the previous year. All but 259 billionaires saw their net worth increase in the past year. Sixty people dropped off the list -- including Zynga (ZNGA) founder and CEO Mark Pincus and ex-Chesapeake Energy (CHK) chief Aubrey McClendon -- and another eight died during the year.

Collectively, the world's billionaires had a net worth of $5.4 trillion, a 17% increase from the previous year.

Carlos Slim Helú of Mexico tops the list for the fourth consecutive year. Slim is followed by Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates. (Microsoft publishes MSN Money.) Amancio Ortega, the man behind fashion chain Zara, is the world's third-wealthiest individual, with a net worth of $57 billion. That's $19.5 billion more than Ortega was worth in 2011, making the Spaniard the year's biggest gainer.

The fourth-wealthiest individual, legendary investor Warren Buffett slipped out of the top three for the first time since 2000.

L'Oreal (LRLCY) heiress Liliane Bettencourt moves back into the top 10 for the first time since 1999 and reclaims the title of world's richest woman.

Among the notable newcomers were founders of some of the world's hottest brands, including Dolce & Gabbana, Tory Burch and Chobani yogurt, as well as the first-ever billionaires from Angola, Guernsey, Nepal, Swaziland and Vietnam.

Click ahead for details about the people at the top of the latest list, and go to Forbes.com to see more of the world's billionaires.

HTML5 10 Predictions

For HTML5 developers and decision makers, the most important technologies right now are HTML, JavaScript, CSS, mobile platforms and devices and evolving HTML platforms (browsers and operating systems). But what does that mean in the real world? It means these 10 things in 2013:

1. Rise Of HTML5 Mobile Platforms

New Mailbox App is a runaway hit

FORTUNE — A new email app? Sounds like a snooze. But Mailbox, software for managing email on the go, is generating massive hype, with iPhone users signing up at a stunningly quick rate.

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