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Microsoft adds its gaming chief to its Senior Leadership Team | ZDNet – ZDNet

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Microsoft is adding another of its executives to its Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of top internal advisers in a move that indicates gaming is increasingly important to the future of the company. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is informing employees today, September 19, that Phi Spencer — who is now Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft — to the SLT. Microsoft’s SLT now has 16 members, including Nadella. During his…

The person named most dangerous online might surprise you – CNBC

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Microsoft to hold Mixed Reality event on October 3rd in San Francisco – The Verge

Monday, September 18, 2017

Microsoft is planning to hold a special Windows Mixed Reality event next month. The software giant has started inviting members of the press to an event on October 3rd in San Francisco, and the invite teases an “opportunity to hear where Microsoft is headed next.” Microsoft’s Kinect and HoloLens inventor, Alex Kipman, will be speaking at the event. Microsoft is likely to focus on its range of Windows Mixed Reality…

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was recruited by Amazon before … – CNBC

Monday, September 18, 2017

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Microsoft confirms Outlook issues – BBC News – BBC News

Monday, September 18, 2017

Image copyright Microsoft Microsoft has confirmed that some users of its email service Outlook are unable to send email or access their accounts. Hundreds from around Europe have commented on the website Downdetector that they have been affected by the problem – many since Monday morning. One common issue seems to be that sent emails remain in the drafts folder and are not being delivered to recipients. On its website,…

IBM far outranks Microsoft as blockchain industry leader, research says – CNBC

Monday, September 18, 2017

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Facebook Faces a New World as Officials Rein In a Wild Web – The … – New York Times

Monday, September 18, 2017

For all the courtship, things never quite worked out. “There’s an interest on both sides of the dance, so some kind of product can be introduced,” said Kai-Fu Lee, the former head of Google in China who now runs a venture-capital firm in Beijing. “But what Facebook wants is impossible, and what they can have may not be very meaningful.” This spring, Facebook tried a different tactic: testing the waters…

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes – New York Times

Monday, September 18, 2017

Yet even as millions of people lost power across Florida, and thousands of homes and businesses were flooded out in Miami and Texas, the heavy digital machinery at the heart of the internet and the cloud held firm. Though the storm disabled some cellphone towers and local connections, Jeff Eassey, a manager for Digital Realty who hunkered down in the Miami building, said the center never stopped processing and transmitting…

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls – New York Times

Monday, September 18, 2017

For all the courtship, things never quite worked out. “There’s an interest on both sides of the dance, so some kind of product can be introduced,” said Kai-Fu Lee, the former head of Google in China who now runs a venture-capital firm in Beijing. “But what Facebook wants is impossible, and what they can have may not be very meaningful.” This spring, Facebook tried a different tactic: testing the waters…

Microsoft is being forced to build its own power station in Dublin – Business Insider

Monday, September 18, 2017

Getty Images News Microsoft is being forced to build its own powerstation in Dublin for its data centres because the local electricity grid can’t cope, according to The Irish Independent. The US tech giant is planning to install 16 gas-powered generators at a site in Clondalkin, which lies just west of Dublin’s city centre. The power plant is designed to provide 18 megawatts of electricity to one vast Microsoft data…

China detains man for service to evade internet firewall – ABC News

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chinese authorities have detained a software developer for selling computer services that allow internet users to evade China’s “Great Firewall,” which blocks access to thousands of websites, from Facebook to Twitter to some news outlets, a media report said Monday. The software developer, who is from the coastal province of Jiangsu, near Shanghai, was arrested in late August and held for three days for building a small business to sell…

How Microsoft Is Hiding Inside Apple – Forbes

Monday, September 18, 2017

As Apple rolls out the latest version of iOS to the public, developers around the world are updating applications to iOS 11, ensuring both continuity and compatibility of the code as well as keeping users engaged with the experience. One of those developers is Microsoft. While Windows 10 On Mobile remains a niche operating system that is prized by a small and dedicated community (mainly in the enterprise space), Redmond’s mobile…

3 Linux Smartphone Operating Systems You Can Install Today – MakeUseOf

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sick of Android? Don’t want to be part of a proprietary ecosystem? Security and privacy are becoming increasingly important for smartphone users, but what is the answer? For some, abandoning Android and switching to a phone that can run a Linux mobile operating system is the answer. With security improvements and a better attitude towards privacy and open source, Linux smartphone operating systems are available. They’re just not particularly well…

The ‘how to…’ questions the internet needs to answer – The Guardian

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Google (have you heard of Google? How to explain. OK, imagine shouting questions at a very tall pile of leaflets) has noticed a 140% increase in “how to” searches. Top of its list is “how to… tie a tie,” followed by, “how to… kiss.” “How to… get pregnant,” is number three, followed by “lose weight” and “draw”. Six and seven are “how to… make money,” then “how to… make pancakes.”…

The ‘how to…’ questions the internet needs to answer – The Guardian

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Google (have you heard of Google? How to explain. OK, imagine shouting questions at a very tall pile of leaflets) has noticed a 140% increase in “how to” searches. Top of its list is “how to… tie a tie,” followed by, “how to… kiss.” “How to… get pregnant,” is number three, followed by “lose weight” and “draw”. Six and seven are “how to… make money,” then “how to… make pancakes.”…

California’s internet privacy bill stalled out without a vote – The Verge

Sunday, September 17, 2017

California legislators tried and failed to push through a bill that would have restored the internet privacy rules killed by Congress and the FCC earlier this year. The bill, introduced in June, didn’t manage to make it to the floor for a vote on Friday, which was the last day of the state’s 2017 legislative session. Instead, it remained stalled in committee and was ultimately shelved, placed in the “inactive…

California’s internet privacy bill stalled out without a vote – The Verge

Saturday, September 16, 2017

California legislators tried and failed to push through a bill that would have restored the internet privacy rules killed by Congress and the FCC earlier this year. The bill, introduced in June, didn’t manage to make it to the floor for a vote on Friday, which was the last day of the state’s 2017 legislative session. Instead, it remained stalled in committee and was ultimately shelved, placed in the “inactive…

Upcoming versions of Google Chrome will let you permanently mute sites, block autoplaying videos – TechCrunch

Friday, September 15, 2017

One of the most annoying things about surfing today’s web – besides all those ads, of course – is landing on a site and getting blasted by a video that starts playing automatically. Not only does the experience surprise and annoy web users, it can also consume power and use data – which is concerning for mobile users, in particular. Now Google says it will do something about the problem….

Google Chrome to block autoplay videos from January – CNET

Friday, September 15, 2017

Google If you regularly plug headphones into your computer when browsing the internet, you likely know the evils of autoplay videos. One second you’re browsing in peace, the next your eardrums are obliterated by an insanely loud advertisement. Google is being the ultimate pal: In an upcoming update to its Chrome web browser, it will block any autoplay video that has sound. “Starting in Chrome 64,” an official blog post…

Microsoft adds cloud security to keep out hackers — and government snoops – The Denver Post

Friday, September 15, 2017

By Dina Bass, Bloomberg Microsoft, working with chipmaker Intel Corp., is offering a cloud-computing service with more powerful encryption to secure data from hackers – and protect it from secret government data-gathering. Called Azure confidential computing, the technology encrypts data while it is in use – which is when most security breaches occur, according to Azure Chief Technology Officer Mark Russinovich. The new product works by placing customer information in a…