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Microsoft’s Plan to Dominate Connected Cars – Fortune

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others. The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees…

Microsoft’s Plan to Dominate Connected Cars – Fortune

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others. The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees…

Softcat purrs as customers buy early to dodge Microsoft hikes – The Register

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Microsoft UK price rises that kicked in at the start of this year weren’t bad news for everyone in the country – IT reseller Softcat saw software sales swell as customers purchased licences early to avoid the hefty hike. Back in October, Microsoft said the cost of on-premises and cloud services would rise by 13 and 22 per cent respectively from 1 January, claiming depreciation of the UK pound had forced…

This $100M email scam tripped up two big US tech companies – CNET

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Lithuanian man allegedly scammed $100 million from two major tech companies through email. Getty Images/EyeEm An email scam tricked two major US tech companies out of millions of dollars until investigators caught up with the alleged thief. The Department of Justice and the FBI have charged a Lithuanian man with committing fraud that netted more than $100 million. “This case should serve as a wake-up call to all companies…

Chinese internet giant Tencent’s social apps are growing faster than Facebook – CNBC

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Google Chrome wants to remove THESE features from your browser – Express.co.uk

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

After a prolonged period of inactivity and no decision being made, the issue was raised again in September 2016. Usage stats showed that “Close tabs to the right” was used only by 6.06 per cent of users, and “Close other tabs” used by 2.20 per cent of users. While this is far short of the 23.21 per cent who user the “Duplicate” tab, it is ahead of the least used…

From the Internet to Trump’s Twitter feed, how a phony conspiracy theory caught fire – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When Michael Flynn, President Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, resigned last month, Mark Levin was outraged. Not because Flynn had falsely denied speaking with the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions before Trump took office. Rather, the conservative talk radio host was furious that U.S. surveillance had picked up Flynn’s venture into freelance diplomacy. “How many phone calls of Donald Trump, if any, have been intercepted by the administration and recorded…

Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support – The Register

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

If your Linux-using mates suddenly disappear for a day or two, we can explain why: Netflix has just revealed it’s fully and formally available on the OS. As the streamer points out, Chrome’s worked for in-browser playback since 2014. But not officially. As of Tuesday, however, “users of Firefox can also enjoy Netflix on Linux.” Netflix reckons this is “a huge milestone for us and our partners, including Google, Microsoft,…

Microsoft just showed off exactly what Salesforce was worried about – CNBC

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Microsoft Modifies Windows 10 for China’s Government – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BEIJING—Microsoft Corp. has finished development of a Windows 10 version customized for Chinese government use, which could boost its China prospects after sales were hit by Beijing’s cybersecurity crackdown. Microsoft declined to say how the software was modified, but in general China’s government is concerned about technology products that could contain hidden “backdoors” to enable foreign surveillance. The Chinese…

Microsoft Monday: Windows Vista Support Ends Soon, Creators Update Early Access, Xbox Transcriptions – Forbes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Terry Myerson, EVP of the Windows and Devices Group, unveiling the Windows 10 Creators Update in New York. (Amy Sussman/AP Images for Microsoft) Microsoft Monday is a weekly column that focuses on updates in regards to the Redmond giant. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Windows Vista support dropping, early access for the Windows 10 Creators Update, Teams receiving positive reviews, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman joining the board of…

Firefox gets complaint for labeling unencrypted login page insecure – Ars Technica

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

reader comments 140 The operator of a website that accepts subscriber logins only over unencrypted HTTP pages has taken to Mozilla’s Bugzilla bug-reporting service to complain that the Firefox browser is warning that the page isn’t suitable for the transmission of passwords. “Your notice of insecure password and/or log-in automatically appearing on the log-in for my website, Oil and Gas International, is not wanted and was put there without our…

Adobe, Microsoft team up to share sales and marketing data – Reuters

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Microsoft Corp and Adobe Systems Inc are joining to make their respective sales and marketing software products more potent competitors to Salesforce.com Inc and Oracle Corp offerings, the two firms said Monday. On the eve of San Jose, California-based Adobe’s annual user conference, the company said that it will work with Microsoft to create a shared data format between Adobe’s marketing software suite, which the company is re-naming its Experience…

The Internet – Irish Times

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In March1989, when Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for what would become the worldwide web, his vision was suffused with optimism. To mark the 28th anniversary of his creation, he recalled that idea of “an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries”. Much of that vision has come to pass but, in recent years, the utopian dream has…

Remains of the Day: Microsoft Makes it Easy to Jump From Mac to Surface – Lifehacker

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Microsoft wants to tempt Apple users by making it easier to jump ship. They particularly think Apple fans might like their high-end Surface devices, which have a similar, slick design aesthetic. Advertisement Microsoft’s new ‘Mac to Surface Assistant’ tool makes a zip file of all your data so that you can just dump it on a new device. (There isn’t really any reason why the tool is specifically for Surface…

Stopping Video Autoplay on Google Chrome – New York Times

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Microsoft’s new tool helps you easily migrate your stuff from Mac to Surface – The Verge

Monday, March 20, 2017

Microsoft appears to have quietly released a new piece of migration software that makes it easier to switch from Mac to Surface devices. The Mac to Surface Assistant, as it’s aptly called, is pretty straightforward: you download it from here, and the software walks you through transferring documents, photos, and media files into a zip file on your desktop that you can then transfer to another device. The company didn’t…

Monday’s Morning Email: What To Expect In The Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Today – Huffington Post

Monday, March 20, 2017

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‘Please be extra vigilant’: NC schools warned about email scam … – WRAL.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

More on this FOX8: Davidson County school system responds after W-2 forms compromised IRS: Dangerous W-2 phishing scam IdentityTheft.gov Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance  Find News Near Me By Kelly Hinchcliffe Raleigh, N.C. — Melisa Jessup checked her email. In her inbox was a strange request from her boss, Stokes County Schools Superintendent Brad Rice. Hi Melisa, I want you to compile and email W-2 copy of “All…