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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

After 'Screw Amazon' Order, Microsoft Wins $10B Contract

(Newser) - Microsoft has won its competition with Amazon for a $10 billion, 10-year contract to handle the military's cloud computing needs after a contentious process that involved the president. Amazon Web Services does the same thing for the CIA and seemed to have the inside track. "We're surprised,... More »

Microsoft: Iranian Hackers Went After 2020 Candidate

But company isn't naming names

(Newser) - Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a US presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets, and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts—four successfully—though none of those penetrated was associated with presidential campaigns or current or past... More »

'World's Biggest' Plane Flies for the First Time

Stratolaunch jet was Microsoft co-founder's dream

(Newser) - A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, the AP reports. Stratolaunch Systems Corp. chief executive Jean Floyd said Saturday... More »

She Logged in for Microsoft Job Interview. One Problem

Laura MacLean was exactly one month early

(Newser) - In the annals of job-interview mistakes, Laura MacLean of Scotland just notched herself a permanent spot. The 21-year-old knew she had an interview at 11am on Feb. 18 via Skype with the company's University Recruitment team, explains the Scottish Sun . And yet, she opened her laptop for the interview... More »

Microsoft Puts Its Money Where Seattle's Housing Crisis Is

$500M to go to affordable housing, homeless services within 3 years

(Newser) - Microsoft is looking to ensure a roof over employees' heads, putting up $500 million to assist with affordable housing in the Seattle area. The funds will help create homes for Microsoft's cafeteria workers and shuttle drivers, as well as other middle- and low-income residents, reports the New York Times... More »

Alleged Fraudster Made a Really Poor Font Choice

Fonts released in 2017 used in documents with older dates

(Newser) - If Cambria and Calibri sound to you like a crime-fighting duo, you're not entirely off. Actually Microsoft fonts, they're responsible for exposing an alleged fraud scheme in Canada, where Gerald McGoey's company, Look Communications, went bankrupt at the end of 2017. Ordered to repay $5.6 million... More »

Apple Is No Longer Most Valuable Public Company

Microsoft just surpassed it, thanks to the cloud

(Newser) - Microsoft's big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable publicly traded company, per the AP . The software maker's prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licenses for the company's Windows system fell with... More »

Markets Rebound at Start of Trading

Dow rose more than 200 points after Wednesday's plunge

(Newser) - Thursday is looking much better than Wednesday on Wall Street. Stocks opened higher after a sharp sell-off the previous day erased the market's gains for the year . In the first hour of trading Thursday, the Dow rose more than 200 points, shy of 1%, and the S&P 500... More »

Sorrowful Bill Gates Lauds Paul Allen's '2nd Act'

Microsoft co-founders met as kids, dropped out of college to form their company

(Newser) - Bill Gates wasn't even in his teens yet when he met Paul Allen at a school outside Seattle, and less than 10 years later, the two dropped out of college and founded Microsoft together. That long history, and their storied successes, have left Gates "heartbroken" after the death... More »

Microsoft Co-Founder Is Dead at 65

Paul G. Allen is gone

(Newser) - Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65, the AP reports. His death was announced by his company, Vulcan Inc. Earlier this month Allen announced that the... More »

Microsoft: Russian Hackers Targeted Conservative Groups

Latest attack described as 'focused on disrupting democracy'

(Newser) - Microsoft says it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting US political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican... More »

Microsoft Parks a Datacenter in the Scottish Sea

The facility is 40 feet long and is loaded with 12 racks containing 864 servers

(Newser) - Microsoft has just launched something big. Literally. It has placed a datacenter—a facility that houses connected servers—off the Orkney Islands, near the northeastern coast of Scotland, reports Yahoo . A datacenter collects, processes, and stores large amounts of data, and Microsoft’s underwater center will perform the same functions... More »

Can Microsoft Defy Feds? Supreme Court to Weigh In

Company won't turn over emails held on server overseas

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad, per the AP . The justices said Monday they'll hear the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held that the emails sought... More »

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