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Climate Change Will Wreck Our Health: Obama

But Google, Microsoft will help us out, president set to announce today

(Newser) - At Howard University's College of Medicine today, President Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. The president is set to announce a series of steps that corporate entities like Google and Microsoft are taking... More »

Your Face Can Be Password for Windows 10

Microsoft's 'Windows Hello' security feature uses facial recognition to give access

(Newser) - A day after confirming it would be relegating Internet Explorer to PC purgatory and swapping in a new browser (code name: "Project Spartan"), Microsoft announced a new way of unlocking your laptop: sticking your face in front of it. In its blog post , the company introduced Windows Hello,... More »

Obama to Tech World: Share Your Cyberthreats With Us

But Facebook, Yahoo, Google CEOs won't attend today's cybersecurity summit

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sony hack , President Obama will be speaking at a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University today, where he plans to sign an executive order calling for companies to share cyberthreats, both with the government and each other. But the CEOs of at least three major Silicon... More »

5-Year-Old Passes Microsoft Exam

Ayan Qureshi is the youngest computer specialist in the world

(Newser) - Ayan Qureshi is a Microsoft Certified Professional—but not just any professional. Having passed the requisite exam last month at the age of 5 years and 11 months (or "5.11," as per his website ), the UK resident is the youngest officially recognized computer specialist in the... More »

Paul Allen Gives $100M for Ebola

Microsoft co-founder also creates website for smaller donors

(Newser) - The fight against Ebola is getting another hefty donation from a US billionaire: This time it's Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who today pledged $100 million, reports the Seattle Times . Allen also created a website called TackleEbola through which people can donate to specific projects, from hand-washing stations in West... More »

Hackers Exploited Windows Flaw to Spy

Signs point to Russian cyberespionage—but why the 'Dune' references?

(Newser) - Microsoft is releasing a patch today to fix a vulnerability in its Windows OS—but not before a cyberespionage campaign against Ukrainian government employees and an American expert on Russia took place. According to the iSight cyberintelligence firm, which discovered the bug last month, hackers sent malicious PowerPoints to users... More »

Microsoft CEO Makes Ill-Advised Comment About Women's Pay

Satya Nadella apologizes for 'inarticulate' remarks

(Newser) - With pay inequality rife in the tech industry, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella should probably have known better than to say it is "good karma" for women to not ask for pay raises—especially since he was at a women's computer science conference. Attendees at the Grace Hopper Celebration... More »

Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Announces Windows 10

Start Menu back in move away from Windows 8

(Newser) - Windows 8 didn't exactly set the world alight—market research firms say the number of computers running it is a fraction of those still using Windows XP—and Microsoft has decided to skip a number and go straight to 10 for its latest operating system. "Windows 10 will... More »

Microsoft Scoops Up 'Minecraft' Maker for $2.5B

Creator Markus Persson won't be joining tech giant

(Newser) - Microsoft today confirmed news that emerged last week: It is buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion. That price tag doesn't get Microsoft Minecraft creator Markus Persson (who hasn't held his tongue about Microsoft in the past), nor the Stockholm-based gaming company's two other founders, reports... More »

Microsoft Dumps Widget Sued for 'Massive Infringement'

Company yanks Bing photo-collecting tool

(Newser) - A photo widget on Microsoft's Bing service has led to a lawsuit claiming "massive infringement" on copyright. Microsoft has removed the offending tool, which allowed users to post photos and slideshows onto their websites, Sky News reports. The images, collected via Bing, came from all over the Internet—... More »

'Busy' Ballmer Quits Microsoft

New LA Clippers owner plans to devote his time to team

(Newser) - Steve Ballmer has decided his new role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers hasn't left him enough free time for other responsibilities—like serving on Microsoft's board. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO for 14 years until he stepped down in February, says he is "very busy" and is... More »

Microsoft to Ax Up to 18K Jobs

That's up to 14% of its workforce

(Newser) - Microsoft has announced what will be the heftiest round of job cuts in its 39-year history: As many as 18,000 positions, or roughly 14% of its workforce, will go. The move follows the company's Nokia acquisition , which inflated its ranks to 127,104 workers. Re/code reports on the... More »

Report: Steve Ballmer to Buy LA Clippers

'LA Times' says former Microsoft exec has the winning bid at $2B

(Newser) - Steve Ballmer is a very rich man from his days at Microsoft , and it looks like he's about to acquire a rich man's hobby: The LA Times reports that the former CEO has won the bidding war to become the new owner of the LA Clippers for $2... More »

China Bans Official Use of Windows 8

Official news cites security concerns

(Newser) - If you work for the Chinese government, you'd better not get caught installing Windows 8. Beijing has banned the use Microsoft's newest operating system on new government computers after Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP , which is widely used in China, last month, Reuters reports. The Windows 8 ban... More »

100+ Tech Titans to FCC: Your Plan Sucks

One commissioner also has concerns about anti-net neutrality rule

(Newser) - The FCC's plan to torpedo net neutrality got a truly impressive burst of backlash today, as a huge coalition of some of the biggest names in tech sent an open letter decrying it as "a grave threat to the Internet," the Verge reports. Well over a hundred... More »

Microsoft Issues Fix for Internet Explorer

Patch covers XP users, too

(Newser) - Microsoft released a fix today for a security glitch related to Internet Explorer, a flaw so serious that the Homeland Security department had warned people to use a different browser in the interim. Those using IE should get the fix automatically assuming they've got updates enabled. "If you... More »

Microsoft Looks to One-Up Dropbox

OneDrive now offers users 1TB of data

(Newser) - It's a new kind of Storage Wars . With services like Dropbox seeking business users, Microsoft is raising the stakes. To that end, the company today announced that users of OneDrive for Business, a Microsoft storage offering, will now get 1TB of space each—up from 25GB. Users of Office... More »

Homeland Security: Avoid Internet Explorer

Feds suggest switching browsers until flaw is fixed

(Newser) - A security flaw uncovered in Internet Explorer is so serious that users should consider switching to a different browser for now, the Department of Homeland Security yesterday warned. "We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," said the department's Computer Readiness Team, which recommends... More »

Major Security Flaw Hits Internet Explorer

Windows XP users most at risk

(Newser) - A new security headache for the estimated 56% of Web users who use Internet Explorer: A major security flaw has surfaced in some versions of the browser, leaving users open to a "remote code execution vulnerability," which "means a bad guy can make a target computer run... More »

Tech Titans Throw $3.6M at Preventing New Heartbleed

Google, Microsoft, Amazon among firms backing effort

(Newser) - Competing tech giants don't want to see another Heartbleed, and they're putting their money where their mouth is to ensure that they don't. Some of tech's biggest names—Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Dell, to name a few—are now jointly funding an effort to support... More »

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