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Microsoft: Hackers Got Further In Than We Thought

They viewed, but didn't change, source code

(Newser) - Microsoft said Thursday in a blog post that hackers tied to a massive intrusion of dozens of US government agencies and private companies sneaked further into its systems than previously thought, although the intrusion doesn't appear to have caused any additional harm. The company said the hackers were able...

Gift Card Scam Nets Tesla, Waterfront Home, and 9 Years

Ukranian hired by Microsoft to test system found a flaw

(Newser) - As a tester for Microsoft, Volodymyr Kvashuk placed fake online orders to check the system. The software wouldn't allow products to be sent to testers, so there was no risk of the company being scammed. Except there was. Kvashuk, who was hired in 2016, discovered nothing stopped him from...

Microsoft to Pay $7.5B for Video Game Rival

Idea is for Bethesda to boost Xbox Game Pass service

(Newser) - Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games the Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Fallout. The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, the AP reports. Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part...

Microsoft: The TikTok Deal Is Dead in the Water
TikTok Has a Buyer
at the 11th Hour: Report
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TikTok Has a Buyer at the 11th Hour: Report

Microsoft's bid for the app's US operations was rejected

(Newser) - Looks like TikTok is selling its US operations to Oracle, a Silicon Valley firm, only a week before President Trump threatened to ban the app if no deal materialized. At least that's what insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . But no details have emerged about the Chinese video-sharing app'...

Microsoft: Same Russian Unit Is Interfering in This Campaign

It also reports attempted hacks by Chinese and Iranian operators

(Newser) - The same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked the Democrats in 2016 has attempted similar intrusions into the computer systems of more than 200 organizations, including political parties and consultants, Microsoft said Thursday. Those efforts appear to be part of a broader increase in targeting US political campaigns and related...

2 Big Amazon Rivals Team Up to Bid for TikTok

Microsoft, Walmart partnering on a bid to satisfy Trump administration

(Newser) - TikTok's US operations might soon belong to Microsoft and Walmart. The two companies have teamed up to bid on the highly popular short-form video app. The draw for Walmart? It wants to boost its fledgling online ad business and better go after a younger demographic. Before Thursday's announcement,...

Trump Gives TikTok Owners Deadline to Sell to US Firm

App will be shut down if there's no deal by Sept. 15

(Newser) - The clock is going tick-tock when it comes to TikTok selling its US arm to Microsoft or another American company, President Trump said Monday. The president—who on Friday said he was considering banning the Chinese-owned app for security reasons—said TikTok would be shut down on Sept. 15 unless...

Microsoft Will 'Move Quickly' on TikTok Deal

Company says CEO has spoken to Trump about his concerns

(Newser) - Microsoft confirmed Sunday it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the US arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition. In a statement, Microsoft said it and ByteDance have provided notice of...

Trump Looks to Force Sale, and Microsoft May Be Buying

App says it wouldn't pass user data to Chinese government

(Newser) - President Trump is looking at ordering the sale of the US portion of TikTok, and Microsoft appears ready to step into the void. "We may be banning TikTok," Trump said Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal with Microsoft would bring Bytedance, the app's Chinese owner,...

Thanks to COVID, an 'Extremely Difficult Decision' at LinkedIn

Company to lay off 6% of its workforce due to pandemic

(Newser) - An "extremely difficult decision" has been made at LinkedIn, and employees found out about it this week: The company is cutting nearly 1,000 jobs, or 6% of its workforce, the Wall Street Journal reports. "LinkedIn is not immune to the effects of the global pandemic," CEO...

New Microsoft Tool to Keep 'Reply All' Messes at Bay

'Reply All Storm Protection' feature to keep Office 365 users' inboxes clear of 'reply all' messages

(Newser) - Other than a reaming from your boss or a missive announcing a daylong company meeting, there are few work emails that prompt more dread and annoyance than one that ends up getting caught in an endless "reply all" chain. Per ZDNet , Microsoft now says it has a solution to...

Microsoft's Co-founder Is Leaving Its Board

Bill Gates says he wants to focus on philanthropy

(Newser) - Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975, is leaving the company's board. Microsoft quoted Gates in a statement saying that he wants to "dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities." He's also stepping down from the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Waren Buffet's holding...

Pentagon Will Rethink Giant Contract After Amazon Suit

Bezos says Trump gave huge deal to Microsoft because of personal vendetta

(Newser) - Amazon has gotten another indication that something might come of its lawsuit against the Defense Department over its handling of a cloud contract worth billions. The Pentagon told a court in a filing Thursday that it "wishes to reconsider its award decision." The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract...

She Vanished From a Beach. Now, Her Husband's Arrest

Sonam Saxena accused of 2nd-degree murder during family's annual Hawaii vacation

(Newser) - A Washington state family's annual Hawaii vacation has ended in apparent tragedy, with the dad now in police custody. People reports that 43-year-old Sonam Saxena, a product manager for Google Cloud, has been arrested on one count of second-degree murder after he told cops his wife disappeared after a...

Judge in Amazon Suit Holds Up Microsoft's $10B Cloud Deal

Filing accuses Trump of bias, affecting decision on Pentagon contract

(Newser) - A federal judge ordered a halt Thursday to the cloud contract the Pentagon awarded to Microsoft. Amazon has argued bias in the selection of Microsoft for the contract, which could be worth as much as $10 billion over 10 years, CNBC reports. After the winner was narrowed down to Amazon...

Google Owner Hits $1T Mark
Google Owner Hits $1T Mark

Google Owner Hits $1T Mark

Alphabet joins Apple, Amazon and Microsoft with 13-figure valuation

(Newser) - A good day for internet company shares ended with Alphabet as the fourth American company to have achieved a market value of $1 trillion. Google's parent company joined Apple, Amazon and Microsoft on Thursday, CNN reports; Amazon since has slipped to about $930 billion. This marks the first time...

NSA to Microsoft: You Really Need to Patch This

And there's news for Windows 7 users

(Newser) - The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that could let hackers intercept seemingly secure communications, the AP reports. But rather than exploit the flaw for its own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the...

Amazon to File for Restraining Order in Microsoft-DOD Deal

Former says latter was only awarded $10B contract after 'behind-the-scenes attacks' from Trump

(Newser) - Amazon has long been suspicious that it lost out to Microsoft on a lucrative $10 billion cloud computing deal with the US military only because of President Trump's intervention, and now Jeff Bezos' behemoth has taken its latest step to stymie the latter from proceeding with that project. CNN...

Amazon Blames Trump for Losing $10B Contract
Amazon Claims It Lost
$10B Contract Due to Trump
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Amazon Claims It Lost $10B Contract Due to Trump

It wants DOD to cancel the award to Microsoft and re-review the bids

(Newser) - Amazon claims it missed out on a potentially $10 billion contract because of President Trump. That's the assertion in a lawsuit by Amazon Web Services unsealed Monday. The Department of Defense ended up handing the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract to Microsoft in late October, a move that...

This Firm Cut Its Workweek to 4 Days, With Surprising Results

Microsoft Japan's monthlong experiment saw a nearly 40% boost in productivity

(Newser) - Japanese employees are known for their work ethic, to the point where it can often be excessive: As CNBC notes, there's even a term there—"karoshi," or "death by overwork"—that has cropped up due to workers dying on the job . Yet Fox News reports...

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