Business

Wed
27
Nov
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Microsoft's 'Scroogled' Gear Sells Out Fast

Microsoft's new 'Scroogled' merchandise appears to be selling remarkably well. New reports suggest a lot of the gear, which rips on Google's controversial Gmail privacy policy, has already sold out. Microsoft began its Scroogled campaign earlier ... this year. The focus of the offensive is Google's Gmail privacy policy, which allows the company to scan both sent and received emails in order to formulate more effective advertisements. Microsoft insists its email service, Outlook, doesn't do that to its customers. To highlight the difference, Microsoft recently began selling mugs, t-shirts, ... (view more)

Mon
25
Nov
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Microsoft Uses T-Shirts, Mugs to Blast Google

Microsoft has launched a new set of merchandise carrying anti-Google slogans. It's just a publicity stunt, but the blistering nature of the attacks may land Microsoft in legal trouble. The merchandise is the latest step in Microsoft's "Don't get ... Scroogled" campaign. That term, a mix of "screwed" and "Google", is Microsoft's way of arguing that its rival has a much more aggressive approach to using customer data for its own means. The campaign has largely centered on the fact that Google scans messages sent through its Gmail service and then uses the content to produce relevant advertising. ... (view more)

Fri
22
Nov
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Google Fined For Misleading Safari Users

Google has agreed to pay a $17 million penalty for cheating a privacy system in Apple's Safari browser. Google was fined because it effectively lied to customers about its privacy policy. The case involves cookies, small text files placed in a ... user's web browser so that websites can quickly get information about the user. In some cases this can be beneficial; for example, a movie listing site can make a note about a user's ZIP code so that they immediately receive localized listings when they visit the site. In some cases, though, advertisers will use cookies to track which sites a user ... (view more)

Thu
21
Nov
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Xbox One Is More Than Just a Game Console

Microsoft's director of programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb (better known as "Major Nelson") says the soon-to-be-released Xbox One is more than another video game console. Instead, it's a central media hub that allows users to access social media ... and media streaming services with voice-activated controls. The Xbox One ships this Friday -- November 22, 2013. It's Microsoft's third video game console, following the original Xbox (released in 2001) and the Xbox 360 (released in 2005). It's designed to help Microsoft keep up in the competitive video game race with major rival Sony, which just ... (view more)

Mon
18
Nov
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US Gov't Data Requests Soaring, Google Says

Google says it's facing a rapidly increasing number of data requests from national governments, and particularly the United States government. At the same time, the firm says it still hasn't made any headway in its fight to show its users the ... information it's being forced to share. Google says that, in the six-month period between January and June 2013, the United States government made almost 11,000 requests for information related to Google's users. U.S. Government Makes Most Data Requests -- By Far By comparison, the government of India -- the country that made the second-most data ... (view more)

Mon
18
Nov
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Emotional Ballmer Talks About Leaving Microsoft

Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer recently told the Wall Street Journal why he decided to step down. The main issue: it's time for change at Microsoft, and Ballmer's not sure he's the person to lead the charge. Ballmer's announcement ... that he would leave the CEO position within twelve months' time came in August 2013. "Maybe I'm an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on," Ballmer said in an emotional interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). "As much as I love everything about what I'm doing ... the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is a new leader ... (view more)

Wed
13
Nov
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Exploding iPad Forces Store to Evacuate

Electronics retailer Vodafone was recently forced to evacuate its store after an Apple iPad suddenly exploded. Luckily, no one was hurt by the blast. The store is in Canberra, a city located halfway between Sydney and Melbourne in New South Wales, ... Australia. Reports suggest the device that exploded was a demo model, meaning it may have been running constantly throughout the day. The explosion forced the store to quickly evacuate everyone inside. The local fire department was also alerted and arrived on the scene to find the store filled with smoke. The affected iPad was reportedly issuing ... (view more)

Wed
13
Nov
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Google Cracks Down On Rogue Browser Extensions

Google says it plans to change the way users install add-on tools (known as "extensions") for its Chrome web browser. It's expected the changes will make the browser more secure. A Chrome extension is the same thing as an "add on" in Internet ... Explorer. It's a tool made by an independent developer that adds new functionality to the browser. For example, Amazon has released a Chrome extension that adds a button to the top of the browser screen. When you are reading a lengthy web page, such as a newspaper article, you can click the button to have a copy of the page sent to your Kindle device in ... (view more)

Tue
12
Nov
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Microsoft: No Zero-Day TIFF Fix This Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will be issuing Patch Tuesday fixes for several "critical" security problems today. Unfortunately, the firm says the list of fixes doesn't include a patch for a recently reported zero-day flaw affecting Windows and the Microsoft Office ... software suite. The November 2013 Patch Tuesday lineup includes a total of eight bulletins, three of which are marked "critical" -- Microsoft's highest security rating. These flaws involve serious security issues affecting some of Microsoft's most popular products, including the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer, the firm's web browser. ... (view more)

Tue
12
Nov
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Bigger, Curved iPhone Coming in 2014: Report

A new report suggests Apple is developing two new technologies for its iPhone device: larger, curved screens and enhanced sensors. It's expected the iPhones featuring these changes will be available this time next year. The story does not come ... directly from Apple (in fact, Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris declined to comment on the rumors). Instead, the report comes from Bloomberg News, which says it has learned of the changes from someone "familiar with the plans." First Apple 'Phablet' Coming in 2014? The source says Apple is planning to unveil 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone screens. The ... (view more)

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