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Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Microsoft Puts Hillary Clinton’s Worst Strategist in Charge of Strategy

Mark Penn, who ran Hillary Clinton’s 2008 coronation right into the ground, is now Microsoft’s chief strategy officer.

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Second Look: Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows Tablet

It isn’t the best known tablet, but for those who need to get actual work done, Nokia’s RT slate is worth considering.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Ethiopia’s Becoming More Homophobic As We Speak

While conditions are improving in many places for the LGBT community, Ethiopia is treating gays like terrorists; a Christian education curriculum convinces children universal health care is ungodly; meanwhile, a Microsoft researcher tells parents to stop worrying about their kids’ social media habits. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Top U.S. Tech Firms Fund ‘Extreme’ Right-Wing Causes

The link between tech and the right wing was confirmed in a report by a lobbying watchdog that shows some of America’s largest technology and telecom companies “are backing a network of self-styled ‘free-market thinktanks’ promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Apple Makes Its Operating System Free

Microsoft, which generates billions in sales of new versions of Windows—even when they’re unpopular—had better look out.

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Steve Ballmer Sings His Last Song to Microsoft

The CEO shed tears as he gave his final company-wide employee speech last week at the Key Arena in Seattle.

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Microsoft Gobbles Up Nokia

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Taxpayer Money Used to Cover PRISM Compliance Costs

Top-secret material passed to The Guardian shows that the National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to help major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook cover the cost of certification for participating in the PRISM surveillance program.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Want to Build a Smartphone App but Don’t Know Code? Microsoft Makes an App for That

Microsoft has been paying developers to build apps for its beleaguered Windows Phone operating system. Now the company has a better idea.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Microsoft Gave NSA Access to Users’ Emails, Web Chats and Video Calls, Report Says

According to an account Thursday in The Guardian based off of top-secret documents obtained from whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Microsoft allowed the National Security Agency to access its users’ electronic communications as part of the NSA’s PRISM program.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Tries to Downplay Surveillance Programs

Caught in the act of secretly spying on millions of Americans, the president is trying to minimize the damage done to his public reputation, including among his most devoted supporters.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Leak: NSA Has Backdoor Access to Google, Apple, Microsoft and More

A career intelligence officer has leaked the existence of a top secret program called PRISM, which gives the government direct access to files, including photos, e-mails and video chats, hosted by the biggest technology companies.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Microsoft Gives Your Information to the Government

The company’s first transparency report shows the U.S. and Turkish governments were nearly tied in 2012 for making the most requests for customer data, such as IP addresses, emails and photographs.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

If Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes, Why Should You?

The U.S. government exists primarily to make the world safe for multinational corporations, but those firms feel no obligation to pay for that protection in return.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Brain Plans

The same administration that brought you the “Disposition Matrix”—a blueprint for tracking, capturing or killing alleged terrorism suspects—is investing in a decade-long effort to build a comprehensive map of the human brain.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Santa Tracker 2012: NORAD vs. Google

Children looking to keep tabs on Santa Claus’ whereabouts have two Internet options this Christmas. After NORAD’s decision to switch from Google Maps to Microsoft’s Bing Maps, Google has started its own Santa-following venture.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Brother Gets Established in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday revealed that for the last six months the city has been monitoring its residents via a network of roughly 3,000 closed circuit television cameras that feed into NYPD headquarters. The technology is termed the “Domain Awareness System.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Microsoft’s New Tablets Have Keyboards and Kickstands

Microsoft unveiled two new tablets, called Surface, in Los Angeles on Monday. They are more than iPad competitors; they are flagships for the beleaguered software company’s Windows 8 operating system, and proof that Microsoft wants to delight consumers as much as it does corporate drones.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Mad Cow: Consumer Reports Says Regulators Are Failing the Food Supply

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Consumer Reports senior scientist Dr. Michael Hanson tells us the United States lags far behind Europe and Asia in its regulation of the meat industry; Tupac and the LA Riots at 20; Rocky Anderson’s alternative campaign for president; and Greenpeace protests Apple’s dirty cloud.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE


Mad Cow: Consumer Reports Says Regulators Are Failing the Food Supply

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Consumer Reports senior scientist Dr. Michael Hanson tells us the United States lags far behind Europe and Asia in its regulation of the meat industry; Tupac and the L.A. riots at 20; Rocky Anderson’s alternative campaign for president; and Greenpeace protests Apple’s dirty cloud.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to Alphaville, Avoid the Ghetto

The world we see through our smartphones is a curated world, and its horizons are constricting, rather than expanding.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Google’s Many Changes

With the simple dictum “don’t be evil” as its motto, the Internet software giant Google—which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010—wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Google Marries Motorola for Her Patents

Google just threw down $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility and its 17,000 patents, giving the search giant some much needed ammunition in the phone wars. Google’s top lawyer recently shamed Apple and Microsoft, saying they use patents to stifle competition. That was before Google bought the company that invented the mobile phone.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Death of a Spam Network

Rustock, the world’s largest spam e-mail network, has been disabled by a coordinated action between Microsoft and the FBI, effectively reducing worldwide spam by up to a whopping 39 percent.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



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And the World’s Richest Person Is ...

Well, it’s not Bill Gates, but the Microsoft mastermind did come in second place in this year’s countdown of Forbes’ top 10 wealthiest people in the world. So who was No. 1? That would be Mexico’s Carlos Slim, for the second year in a row.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



Apple Passes Microsoft to Become the World’s Biggest Tech Company

Apple fan-boys and -girls, rejoice. The iCorporation is now worth more than the dreaded Microsoft. But don’t get too excited: Bill Gates’ gang has a few ideas to get back in the game, and some bloggers claim that Google, whose Android is outselling the iPhone, “has leapfrogged” Apple in terms of innovation. (continued)

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


Marco Calasan

Oh, to Be a 9-Year-Old Computer Genius

Meet Marco Calasan, the world’s youngest Microsoft systems engineer and official computer genius. At the advanced age of 9, Marco, who calls Macedonia his home, is already the author of a book on Windows 7 that he’s hoping to publish and has earned four Microsoft certificates.

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Microsoft Hunkers Down in China

Call its decision soulless and/or good business, Microsoft has decided to stay in China despite the departure of its competitor, Google, from the country after a row between the government and the search site over the censorship of Web pages.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Bill Gates, Twitter-er

Now that Bill Gates doesn’t have to run one of the world’s biggest companies, he has more time to devote to a few of his favorite causes including, say, trying to revamp the school system at home and fight hunger abroad—you know, just hobby material. Here, he tells Jon Stewart about his post-Microsoft life, as well as how he learned to tweet just last week.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Bill Gates Launches Online Diary

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is getting into online sharing mode with the launch of his new Web diary, the Gates Notes, in which he holds forth about his various projects, plus sections called “What I’m Learning” and “Curious Classroom”—plus travel videos!

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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ppcforhire.com

Micro-hoo Deal Announced

A long-rumored partnership between software giant Microsoft and Internet giant Yahoo has come to pass. In an effort to tag-team Google, Microsoft will combine its new Bing search engine with Yahoo’s vast advertising empire.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 READ MORE



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Google Gives Microsoft a New Reason to Lose Sleep

Google’s inexorable drive toward world domination took a major leap forward Tuesday when the company unveiled plans to build its own operating system. Google says it is designing the long-rumored OS, called Google Chrome OS, “to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the Web in a few seconds.” Wouldn’t that be nice?

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE



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Spam Rules the Inbox

The BBC reports on some alarming numbers coming out of Redmond: “More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report. The e-mails are dominated by spam adverts for drugs, and general product pitches and often have malicious attachments.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Prashant Panjiar

Do the Billionaire Shuffle

Bill Gates is once again the world’s richest man, though he rules over a ravaged kingdom of billionaires. Forbes’ annual list has shriveled by nearly a third and $2 trillion in net worth. Those poor billionaires.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE



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Gamer Says Microsoft Banned Her for Being Openly Gay

Anyone who’s ever worn a headset while on Xbox Live, Microsoft’s multiplayer gaming-chatting-shopping nexus, knows that it’s dominated by adolescent bigots. It’s bad enough that Redmond hasn’t cleaned things up, but a gamer named Teresa says she was actually banned from the service for being openly gay and allegedly offending the bigots who were harassing her.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE



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Is Google the New Microsoft?

The Justice Department could be gearing up for an antitrust case against the world’s leading search and online advertising provider because of a deal with Yahoo that puts Google in control of the vast majority of online ads. Despite a pledge to not do evil, Google’s image has been tarnished in recent years, mainly over privacy concerns.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


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businessweek.com

Inquiry on Search Partnership

A recent advertising partnership between search giant Google and competitor Yahoo has antitrust authorities worried. Not only does a Google-Yahoo deal look ridiculous in name, but critics (such as Microsoft) say the partnership would consolidate Google’s control of Internet search ad revenue to a whopping 90 percent of U.S. market share.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Control-Alt-Delete

It’s official: Microsoft’s top-geek-made-good, Bill Gates, is leaving his full-time position as head of Microsoft on Friday. Now that he’s made more money than regular mortals can even fathom (aside from those congresspeople who approve the defense budget), he’s stepping down in order to focus on his philanthropic work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Murdoch Eyes Yahoo

Having just rebuffed a $42.1-billion offer from Microsoft, Yahoo Inc. has another suitor: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Although Murdoch is rich, he’s not Bill Gates rich, and MySpace, which is supposed to entice Yahoo into the deal, is so 2007. Murdoch detractors, therefore, should take pause, but not panic. The most popular news site on the Internet and Yahoo’s many other properties remain impartial, for now.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE



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AT&T, Microsoft Discuss Internet Filtering

During a panel discussion at the annual consumer electronics show, representatives from NBC, Microsoft and AT&T made the case for filtering Internet content at the service provider level. The idea is to stop the movement of copyrighted material, but there is a large, scary implication: allowing the pipe owner to control what passes through.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


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geography4kids.com

Microsoft’s Global Warming Game Contest

College-age video game enthusiasts can now claim their gaming habits may help save the world.  Microsoft is launching a contest this summer, the Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge, offering cash and other prizes to whiz kids who dedicate their game design skills to the cause of global warming

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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microsoft.com

Microsoft Wants a Billion New Customers

Microsoft has given itself less than eight years to find another billion PC users. To help meet that goal, the company has pledged to sell $3 bundles of Windows XP and Office software to governments that provide schools with free computers. That’s about 2 percent of the cost of Office alone.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


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From GoogleVideo

‘The Office’ Training Videos Microsoft Doesn’t Want You to See

The creators and star of the hilarious BBC series “The Office” made two humorous training videos for Microsoft in 2003, under the condition they would never be made public. But they have been leaked to the Internet, and already Microsoft got YouTube.com to take them down. Lucky for us, GoogleVideo still has them up. (watch them)

Posted on Aug 28, 2006 READ MORE


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