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Microsoft shares soar on talk of Office for iPads – USA TODAY

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Workers install the Microsoft display before the opening of the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.(Photo: ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images) Microsoft hit its highest level since 2000 Tuesday and was one of the top five performing stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 on increasing chatter a version of Office is coming for Apple’s iPad. Shares of Microsoft gained $1.50, or 3.9%, to $39.55 in the stock’s biggest…

US transfer of Internet control years in the making, fueled by foreign pressure – Fox News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  The decision was announced nonchalantly, in trademark Washington fashion on a Friday afternoon: The U.S. government will cede its last bit of control over the Internet.  The government has maintained that influence through contracts with the organization that administers the Internet, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. But a Commerce Department agency announced Friday that it would relinquish control over…

Microsoft will unveil Office for iPad later this month – The Verge

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week. The software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th. Nadella is expected to discuss Microsoft’s “mobile first, cloud first” strategy, and there will be some major news ahead of the company’s Build conference in early April. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell…

Is Microsoft about to buy Xamarin? – ZDNet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Many .Net developers are abuzz about a rumored acquisition or major investment by Microsoft in Xamarin. CRN reported on March 17 that Microsoft was “in the final stages of negotiations” that may lead to either an outright acquisition or investment in the mobile tool vendor that has been a major backer of Microsoft’s C#. Neither Microsoft nor Miguel de Icaza, Xamarin’s cofounder, are commenting on…

Backlash over administration decision to relinquish control of Internet overseer – Fox News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  A plan by the Obama administration to relinquish control over the organization that administers the Internet is raising concerns that the United Nations — or individual foreign governments — could make a play for control of the web.  The organization in question is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. The group controls web domain names and other aspects of Internet…

Lost Jet’s Path Seen as Altered via Computer – New York Times

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Microsoft CEO Nadella may unveil Office on iPad on March 27 – ZDNet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It looks like Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella himself may be taking the wraps off Microsoft’s Office for iPad. Microsoft has scheduled a March 27 press briefing in San Francisco with news “focused on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing.” Nadella will be providing the opening remarks. According to several sources of mine, Microsoft’s latest timetable calls for the company to finally introduce the long-rumored…

Internet transition triggers GOP backlash – Politico

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has managed the Web’s domain-name system under contract with the U.S. government for more than a decade — but the Los Angeles-based nonprofit has worked to transform…

Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE tablet lands at AT&T – CNET

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Microsoft Surface the second, now with more LTE! (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet-darling is the latest to join AT&T’s growing family. Rocking a $679 price tag, the Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE hits Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, and Best Buy starting March 18. Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2 packs the same internal and external specs…

Microsoft OneNote arrives as Mac, Windows freebie – CNET

Monday, March 17, 2014

(Credit: Microsoft) A week ago, word leaked that Microsoft was preparing to release free versions of OneNote for Mac and for the Windows desktop. On March 17, Microsoft delivered both versions of its electronic note-taking and organizational application. Microsoft is broadening OneNote’s platform support so as to better compete with rivals, especially Evernote, on the note-taking/organizational front. OneNote for Mac is available for download from the Mac App Store as…

Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE tablet lands at AT&T – CNET

Monday, March 17, 2014

Microsoft Surface the second, now with more LTE! (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet-darling is the latest to join AT&T’s growing family. Rocking a $679 price tag, the Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE hits Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, and Best Buy starting March 18. Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2 packs the same internal and external specs…

The Internet Is About to Take Its Next Giant Evolutionary Leap – TIME

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tim Wimborne / REUTERS The U.S. has long planned to give up its unique role as steward of the Internet’s domain name system, but it’s unclear what kind of entity will replace it The U.S. plan to relinquish stewardship of key technical functions that ensure the Internet runs properly drew praise and criticism over the weekend. If the process goes smoothly, it shouldn’t affect the day-to-day Internet experience for users,…

Microsoft delivers free OneNote for Mac and Windows – ZDNet

Monday, March 17, 2014

A week ago, word leaked that Microsoft was preparing to release free versions of OneNote for Mac and for the Windows desktop. On March 17, Microsoft delivered both versions of its electronic note-taking and organizational application. Microsoft is broadening OneNote’s platform support so as to better compete with rivals, especially Evernote, on the note-taking/organizational front.  OneNote for Mac is available for download from the Mac…

Microsoft ships Surface 2 tablet with LTE – PCWorld

Monday, March 17, 2014

To deliver on Microsoft’s vision of productivity for the Surface tablet, it needed an LTE version—and that has finally arrived. Microsoft said Monday that it will begin shipping a version of the Surface 2 tablet with LTE connectivity embedded inside of it for $679, beginning Tuesday. AT&T will supply the LTE technology. It will be up to the customer to sign up for one of AT&T’s available plans, a Microsoft…

Firefox is still the least secure web browser, falls to four zero-day exploits … – ExtremeTech

Monday, March 17, 2014

At Pwn2Own 2014, an annual computer hackfest in Vancouver, Mozilla’s Firefox has proven yet again that it’s the least secure major web browser. While all four major web browsers — Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari — were successfully exploited, for a grand total of $850,000 in prize money awarded to successful security researchers, Firefox was by far the least secure browser, racking up no less than four zero-day vulnerabilities….

Fox News Falsely Claims Obama Is Giving The Internet Away – Media Matters for America

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fox News falsely claimed that a plan in place since 1998 to govern control of Internet domain names means President Obama is giving away the Internet. U.S. Announces Intent To Transition Internet Domain Name Functions Commerce Department Announces Intent To Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions. In a March 14 press release, the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), an Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy…

Net neutrality: Is the Internet about to change? – Christian Science Monitor

Monday, March 17, 2014

The FCC has applied ‘neutrality’ to its oversight of the Internet: Everyone’s data reaches the same audience in the same way. But the Internet’s gatekeepers, such as Verizon and Comcast, have been trying to reshape the federal regulatory landscape. By Harry Bruinius, Staff writer / March 16, 2014 A Verizon technician installs fiber-optic cables in New York City. Private firms own a big part of the Internet’s infrastructure. Should they set…

Government Letting Go Of Key Internet Oversight Role – Huffington Post

Monday, March 17, 2014

The U.S. government announced Friday that it is relinquishing it’s hold on a key Internet oversight role. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Commerce Department announced the decision to transition out of managing domain names and addresses for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The move is planned for September 2015, when the current contract runs out, the Journal added. According to the Journal, the move…

OpenStack’s top operating system: Ubuntu Linux – ZDNet

Monday, March 17, 2014

While digging into the last OpenStack User Survey, I found that Ubuntu Linux was the most popular OpenStack operating system. Ubuntu is the top operating system in the OpenStack cloud. No matter if users had dozens, or thousands, of CPU cores in their cloud, most preferrred Ubuntu. It was followed by the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone CentOS, which is now part of the…

Microsoft dangles $50 carrot in front of XP users – Computerworld

Monday, March 17, 2014

Computerworld – Microsoft has anted up in its attempt to convince last-minute laggards to abandon Windows XP by handing a $50 carrot to people who buy a new Windows 8.1 device. On its online Microsoft Store, the Redmond, Wash. company is giving a $50 gift card to customers who buy one of 16 Windows 8.1 notebooks, desktops, tablets or 2-in-1 hybrids. The card is good for future purchases at the…