Tag Archives: Microsoft

Walmart Teams With Microsoft In Bid To Buy TikTok

Yahoo Finance reports: Retail giant Walmart said Thursday it had teamed with Microsoft to buy TikTok, the Chinese-owned short-form video app that has come under fire from the administration of President Donald Trump. The app has been at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing since Trump signed an executive order on August 6 giving Americans 45 …

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Microsoft In Talks To Buy TikTok As Trump Threatens

The New York Times reports: Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions, as President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban the app from the United States. It’s unclear how advanced the talks between Microsoft and TikTok are, but any …

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Gates Funds Launch Of Coronavirus Home Testing Kits

The Seattle Times reports: Testing for the novel coronavirus in the Seattle area will get a huge boost in the coming weeks as a project funded by Bill Gates and his foundation begins offering home-testing kits that will allow people who fear they may be infected to swab their noses and send the samples back for analysis. Results, which should …

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MS Offers Free Security Patch After Feds Give Alert

The Associated Press reports: The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system that could allow hackers to intercept seemingly secure communications. But rather than exploit the flaw for its own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the system for everyone. Microsoft released a free software patch …

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Bill Gates: Yes, The Wealthy Should Pay Higher Taxes

From a post on Bill Gates’ personal blog: I start with the understanding that the U.S. government simply does not bring in enough money to meet its obligations. This isn’t a value judgment; it’s just a fact. The government collects about 20 percent of GDP in taxes while spending about 24 percent. And the cost of commitments is going up. …

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Pentagon Scorns Amazon, $10B Job Goes To Microsoft

The New York Times reports: The Department of Defense on Friday awarded a $10 billion technology contract to Microsoft over Amazon in a contest that was closely watched after President Trump ramped up his criticism of Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, and said he might intervene. The 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, known as JEDI, had set off …

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At Age 65

CNBC reports: Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Vulcan Inc. said Monday on behalf of his family. Allen passed away Monday afternoon in Seattle at 65 years old, Vulcan said. His sister, Jody, said he was “a remarkable individual on every level.” Allen ranked among the world’s wealthiest individuals. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked …

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Microsoft Reveals Russian Attempt To Hack US Senate

NBC News reports: Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it executed a court order to shut down six websites created by a group tied to Russian intelligence that sought to spoof conservative U.S. institutions, the U.S. Senate and Microsoft itself. The fake sites were intended to trick users into thinking they were clicking on sites run by the Hudson Institute, a …

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Bill Gates Donates $50M To Alzheimer’s Research

The Associated Press reports: Bill Gates says he’s giving $50 million to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation. The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks new treatments for the progressive, irreversible neurological disease. Gates …

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Made $10 Billion Today

CNN Money reports: Amazon stock jumped 13.5% on Friday after the company turned in another incredible earnings report — more than a quarter-billion dollars in profit in three months. CEO Jeff Bezos owned nearly 80 million shares in Amazon as of August, according to the most recent available data from FactSet. He made more than $10 billion from the one-day …

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Supreme Court To Hear DOJ’s Digital Privacy Case

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether law enforcement officials conducting a criminal investigation can demand data held overseas by Microsoft Corp. and other technology companies in a high-stakes clash over digital privacy. The justices will review a federal appeals ruling that the Trump administration says has become a major obstacle in criminal probes. Already, Google Inc. …

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Bill Gates Meets Trump, Compares Him To JFK [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: President-elect Donald Trump has an opportunity to establish “American leadership through innovation,” Bill Gates told CNBC on Tuesday. “A lot of his message has been about … where he sees things not as good as he’d like,” the billionaire Microsoft co-founder said on “Squawk Box.” “But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and …

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Bill Donohue: Microsoft Shows Hate For White Jesus By “Pushing The LGBT Agenda” In Holiday Ad [VIDEO]

Just in from Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue: Ask any schoolboy what the meaning of Christmas is, and he will say it celebrates the birth of Jesus. Ask the ideologues at Microsoft, and they will say it means whatever their politics dictate. This year it represents an opportunity to exploit Christmas by pushing the LGBT agenda. Microsoft has released a …

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Microsoft Pulls Plug On IE Versions 8, 9, 10

The Verge reports: Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next week on January 12th, releasing a final patch encouraging users to upgrade to one of the company’s more recent browsers. The end of support means that these older versions of Internet Explorer will no longer receive security updates or technical support, making anyone who uses …

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World Net Daily: Microsoft Hates God [VIDEO]

The latest holiday ad from Microsoft features a song in which a line about God does not appear. Therefore they hate the Baby Jesus, says World Net Daily: Microsoft decided to leave God on the cutting-room floor for a commercial featuring “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Producers for the computer giant’s latest television commercial reshuffled lyrics to the popular song …

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REVIEW: Windows 10

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Introducing Windows 10

Via Engadget: With Windows 10’s launch little more than a week away, Microsoft kicked off its marketing storm last night with the first commercial for the new OS. It’s a bit more direct and human than the company’s infamous Jerry Seinfeld/Bill Gates ads, with a focus on children and how they’re growing up with touchscreens and a wealth of new …

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Tech Industry Coalition Issues Statement Calling For Full Federal LGBT Rights

In response to the ongoing RFRA battles, a coalition of over 100 major tech industry corporations has issued a joint statement calling for full federal LGBT anti-discrimination protections. The values of diversity, fairness and equality are central to our industry. These values fuel creativity and inspiration, and those in turn make the U.S. technology sector the most admired in the …

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Microsoft Unveils Windows 10

Via USA Today: Microsoft unveiled the first details of its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, which they say will span devices from PCs and game consoles to smartphones and tablets. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the company’s operating systems group, says the latest rendition of Windows focused on “more personal computing.” Myerson says Windows 10 targets three pillars: …

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Take That, Putin

Russia can tear down their monument to Steve Jobs because Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out, but that won’t save their stock market. Via the Telegraph: Apple is now worth more than Russia’s stock market, new data have revealed. The US technology giant’s market capitalisation has overtaken the combined value of all Russian public companies for the first time …

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