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Microsoft Wants Ransomware Attack to Be 'Wake-Up Call'

Company calls for digital Geneva Convention

(Newser) - The massive ransomware attack still reverberating around the world is the kind of thing that is going to keep happening unless rules like those governing conventional warfare are brought in for cyberspace, Microsoft says. Microsoft president Brad Smith warned in a blog post Sunday that the "stockpiling of vulnerabilities... More »

Microsoft Takes Unusual Step After Global Cyberattack

Free fixes for older systems issued

(Newser) - The worldwide cyberextortion attack has prompted Microsoft to take the unusual step of making security fixes available for older Windows systems. Before this, Microsoft had made fixes for older systems, such as 2001's Windows XP, available only to organizations that pay extra for extended support. But millions of individuals... More »

Here, Interns Can Earn $96K a Year

Facebook's interns are a lucky bunch

(Newser) - Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to keep a rewarding internship and a roof over your head . If you're prepared for a fight, you can find a great internship that also pays well—$8,000 per month in the case of Facebook. Here are the companies offering the... More »

Steve Ballmer's Secret $10M Site on Gov't Spending Debuts

Ex-Microsoft CEO has been compiling monster database for 3 years

(Newser) - Ask Steve Ballmer about the project he's been quietly working on since he retired as CEO of Microsoft , and he starts gushing with the "excitement of a child showing off a new toy," per the New York Times . That three-year project is USAFacts.org , a "first... More »

Microsoft: You're Safe From NSA Malware

Says that up-to-date users are protected from NSA code leaked by hackers

(Newser) - Up-to-date Microsoft customers are safe from the purported National Security Agency spying tools dumped online, the software company said Saturday, tamping down fears that the digital arsenal was poised to wreak havoc across the internet. In a blog post, Microsoft security manager Phillip Misner said that it had already built... More »

10 Worst Product Flops of All Time

Even the world's leading companies screw up

(Newser) - Remember Google Glass ? Google would likely rather forget it. The wearable technology tops the worst product flops of all time, according to 24/7 Wall St , which outlines the top 50 (though it doesn't share its methodology in compiling the list). While Google Glass faced privacy concerns and public... More »

Gates So Rich He May Become World's First Trillionaire

Per latest Oxfam extrapolation

(Newser) - Eight billionaires on Earth boast as much money as the world's 3.6 billion poorest people—and one of those eight wealth-wielders has a good shot at ascending to the next level. CNBC reports that Bill Gates is on pace to become the planet's first trillionaire within the... More »

Tech World Blasts 'Un-American' Travel Ban

Google donates $2M to fight it

(Newser) - Google has joined a host of other tech companies condemning President Trump's Muslim travel ban, which affects employees across the tech world who come to the US through high-skilled immigration programs. CEO Sundar Pichai says the company will donate $2 million to four groups, including the ACLU and UNHCR,... More »

Microsoft Made Employees Watch Child Porn, Murder: Suit

Members of online safety team say they have PTSD

(Newser) - Two Microsoft employees claim the company made them look at photos and videos "designed to entertain some of the most twisted and sick minded people in the world." Now they're suing. Courthouse News reports Henry Soto and Greg Blauert were part of Microsoft's online safety team... More »

Internet Scams More Successful With Millennials Than Seniors

New survey shows the older you are, the less likely you are to fall victim to IT scams

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg famously said "young people are just smarter," but when it comes to internet scams, it seems millennials aren't so savvy after all. A new survey found that 50% of the victims of tech support scams were 18- to 34-year-olds; by comparison, only 34% of people... More »

Microsoft: Sorry for Really Bad Bing Translation

'Daesh' translated to 'Saudi Arabia,' which is definitely not correct

(Newser) - Whoops: Microsoft has apologized after its Bing translator mistakenly translated "Daesh," the Arabic name for ISIS, into "Saudi Arabia" in English. Social media users in Saudi Arabia angrily pointed out the error, the Guardian reports, and it quickly went viral. "As an employee of [Microsoft], I... More »

Woman Wins $10K for Windows 10 Upgrade

Unwanted upgrade left her computer unusable

(Newser) - A California travel agent has won $10,000 from Microsoft after she says her computer attempted to download Windows 10, then became unusable. Teri Goldstein says she called Microsoft's technical support, read support forums, and visited a Microsoft store in August 2015 after her computer began to crash and... More »

Paul Allen's Massive Space Project Is 76% Done

Microsoft co-founder is building the world's biggest plane

(Newser) - Paul Allen, billionaire earthling and co-founder of Microsoft, has long been obsessed with space, and his pet project Stratolaunch Systems is beginning to bear fruit. The Washington Post reports that Stratolaunch, shaping up to be the world's largest airplane, is now 76% assembled—no small accomplishment given the sheer... More »

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26B

Deal expected to close this year

(Newser) - Microsoft has just announced one of the biggest deals in its history, per the Telegraph . The company says it will buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash, or $196 per share—a 50% improvement on its closing price Friday, reports the Wall Street Journal . Microsoft says LinkedIn will "... More »

5 Astounding Facts About Walmart's Dominance

Only the DOD and China's military employ more people

(Newser) - Walmart "isn't a unicorn, and it's no longer sexy," Quartz asserts. But there's no denying that the No. 1 company on the Fortune 500 list is a retail powerhouse that seems nearly impossible to overtake. Some astonishing details about how it continues to dominate:
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To Diagnose Cancer, Doctors Only Need Your Search History

Microsoft study could lead to 'a Cortana for health'

(Newser) - Only 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for five years. Microsoft researchers, however, say that rate could be doubled with early detection—and the Internet may play a vital role. The researchers, together with a Columbia grad student, found searches on Microsoft's search engine Bing that... More »

Facebook, Microsoft to Run Mega-Cable From Va. to Spain

MAREA will be the highest-capacity trans-Atlantic cable yet

(Newser) - Virginia Beach soon be tethered to Bilbao, Spain, thanks to what Computerworld calls "an epic shift that will change everything." A joint initiative between Facebook, Microsoft, and an overseas telecommunications company, the 4,100-mile-plus MAREA subsea cable will be the highest-capacity cable to span the Atlantic, with an... More »

At Heart of Microsoft Lawsuit: 2,576 Gag Orders

Company wants to tell customers when feds are snooping

(Newser) - Microsoft sued the Justice Department Thursday in a case that will test broad principles of privacy in the digital age. But the root of the complaint is far more specific: Microsoft says the feds have demanded access to customer data 5,624 times in the past 18 months— and 2,... More »

Microsoft's AI Teen Chatbot Got Loose, Went Crazy (Again)

'I feel like the lamest piece of technology'

(Newser) - Tay—Microsoft's artificially intelligent millennial Twitter chatbot last seen turning into Hitler —woke up from her forced slumber for a brief moment Wednesday morning. Spoiler: She's still crazy. TechCrunch reports Tay went on a "spam tirade," tweeting the phrase, "You are too fast, please... More »

Microsoft Made a Teen AI, We Made It Hitler

How 15 hours on Twitter ruined the millennial chatbot

(Newser) - Microsoft's artificially intelligent teen chatbot Tay is self-aware, and she is horrible. Vox reports Microsoft unleashed Tay—an "AI fam from the internet that's got zero chill"—into the wild this week to learn how to have a conversation. Unfortunately, it learned those conversation skills from... More »

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