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Microsoft Added 40K Jobs in 2022. Now, an About-Face

Company on Wednesday announced 10K jobs would be cut

(Newser) - Add Microsoft to the ever-growing list of tech companies announcing 4- and 5-figure layoffs. The company on Wednesday said it would lay off 10,000 employees, or roughly 5% of its 221,000-person workforce, by the quarter ending March 31, with layoffs beginning this week, reports CNBC . CEO Satya Nadella...

FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Takeover of Activision Blizzard

But Microsoft has good shot of winning a legal challenge

(Newser) - The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is suing to block Microsoft’s planned $69 billion takeover of video game company Activision Blizzard, saying it could suppress competitors to its Xbox game consoles and its growing games subscription business. The FTC voted 3-1 to issue the complaint after a closed-door...

Pentagon Splits Up Disputed Cloud Contract

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle will each have a piece of potential $9B deal

(Newser) - The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it has resolved the long-running battle among tech giants for its cloud computing contract by giving everybody a piece of the pie. Google, Oracle, Microsoft, and Amazon each won part of the deal that could total $9 billion by the time the Joint Warfighting Cloud...

Embedded in Clippy's Source Code: Letters 'TFC'
Embedded in Clippy's
Source Code: Letters 'TFC'

Embedded in Clippy's Source Code: Letters 'TFC'

It's a reference to a NSFW nickname within Microsoft during its development

(Newser) - Poor Clippy. The much-maligned paper-clip icon that Microsoft rolled out in the 1990s didn't get much love within the company itself during development. As an entertaining story at Seattle Met recounts, the internal nickname for the animated helper was "the f---ing clown." It stemmed in no small...

Netflix Has More News on Ad-Supported Tier

It's teaming up with Microsoft for the lower-cost option

(Newser) - The move Netflix long resisted is getting closer and closer: After announcing in April that it was considering adding a lower-priced, ad-supported subscription tier, the streaming company announced Wednesday that it is teaming with Microsoft to make that idea a reality, Deadline reports. "Today we are pleased to announce...

Goodbye, Internet Explorer, We Hardly Liked Ye

Microsoft stops supporting the once-dominant browser today

(Newser) - Internet Explorer is finally headed out to pasture. As of Wednesday, Microsoft will no longer support the once-dominant browser that legions of web surfers loved to hate—and a few still claim to adore, per the AP . The 27-year-old application now joins BlackBerry phones, dial-up modems, and Palm Pilots in...

Modern Workers, Welcome to the 'Triple Peak Day'

Microsoft detects surge of activity at about 9pm

(Newser) - Once upon a time, white-collar workers went to the office and had two predictable peaks of productivity—just before lunch and just after lunch. Two years after the pandemic upended our world, Microsoft has detected a third burst of activity, this time at night. In a blog post , its researchers...

Microsoft CEO's Son Dies at 26
Microsoft CEO's
Son Dead at 26

Microsoft CEO's Son Dead at 26

Zain Nadella had cerebral palsy

(Newser) - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's young adult son died Monday, the company announced in an email to executive staff later confirmed by news outlets. Zain Nadella, who was 26, was born with cerebral palsy and needed care throughout his life, People reports. His parents, Satya and wife Anu, are grieving,...

Microsoft Goes Shopping, Will Be No. 3 Gaming Company

At least by revenue; firm is buying Activision Blizzard

(Newser) - Microsoft is buying the gaming company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, gaining access to blockbuster games like Call of Duty and Candy Crush. The all-cash deal will let Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming system, accelerate mobile gaming and provide building blocks for the metaverse, or a virtual environment,...

This Year's Stock Market Rise Has a Potential Hitch

It hinges on 5 big stocks, which makes investors worried

(Newser) - If your 401(k) has done well in 2021, a Goldman Sachs analysis points to five key reasons:
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Nvidia
  • Alphabet (Google)
  • Tesla

Profits at Google's Parent Firm Jump 68%

Rebound in digital ad spending meant big bucks for Alphabet

(Newser) - A continued rebound in digital ad spending at Google drove its parent company's profit up 68% in the third quarter. Alphabet Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $18.94 billion, or $27.99 per share, in the July-September period. Revenue rose 41% to $65.12 billion, more than $1....

Report: Execs Told Bill Gates to Stop Sending Flirty Emails

He was told to knock it off in 2008, per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Microsoft told Bill Gates to stop sending flirty emails to a staffer as long ago as 2008, the Wall Street Journal reports. Not long after Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, split, reports started to surface of affairs and other sketchy behaviors. Now, the WSJ reports that Microsoft’s...

GOP Governors on Mandates: We'll Fight 'to the Gates of Hell'

Republican National Committee also vows to sue over vaccine mandates

(Newser) - Republican leaders had a strong reaction to President Biden's announcement of coronavirus vaccine mandates to affect two-thirds of the US workforce: "See you in court," tweeted South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, one of several Republican governors threatening to fight back. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted "...

3 Tech Giants Report Combined Profits of More Than $50B

Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet have more than doubled in value during pandemic

(Newser) - Three tech companies— Apple, Microsoft, and Google owner Alphabet—reported combined profits of more than $50 billion in the April-June quarter, underscoring their unparalleled influence and success at reshaping the way we live. The results served as another reminder of the clout they wield and why government regulators are growing...

'Stupidly Obvious' Flaw Led to Massive Xbox Fraud
'Stupidly Obvious' Flaw
Led to Massive Xbox Fraud

'Stupidly Obvious' Flaw Led to Massive Xbox Fraud

Microsoft engineer was able to generate millions in fake gift-card codes and sell them

(Newser) - The crime was audacious, lucrative, and relatively simple—and the mastermind might have gotten away with it had he not gotten too greedy, too fast. Last year, a Microsoft engineer was imprisoned over fraud related to Xbox gift cards, and Bloomberg now offers an in-depth look at Volodymyr Kvashuk's...

Pentagon Calls Off Deal With Microsoft That Went to Court

Amazon complained about cloud computing contract that could pay $10B

(Newser) - The Pentagon said Tuesday it canceled a disputed cloud computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion. The Defense Department will instead pursue a deal with both Microsoft and Amazon and possibly other cloud service providers, the AP reports. "With the shifting technology environment, it...

The 'Blue Screen of Death' Is Going Away
Farewell, Famous
'Blue Screen of Death'
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Farewell, Famous 'Blue Screen of Death'

Long live the Black Screen of Death

(Newser) - Anyone who has worked with Windows long enough has surely encountered it—the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Now, the Verge reports that the famous, or infamous, error message is going away as part of the upcoming Windows 11 update. Alas, Microsoft hasn't found some magical fix that eliminates...

Woman Gets 6 Months for Using Pirated Copies of Windows
Woman Gets 6 Months
for Using Pirated
Copies of Windows
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Woman Gets 6 Months for Using Pirated Copies of Windows

Sentence is first of its kind handed down in Spain

(Newser) - Microsoft is apparently cracking down on unauthorized use of its software in Spain—and it has the courts on its side. After several appeals, a woman caught using pirated versions of Windows and Office in a Madrid establishment offering international phone calls has been sentenced to six months in prison,...

Microsoft: 'Human Error' Caused Famous Pic to Vanish Online

Company denies censorship led Bing to stifle search results for Tiananmen Square's 'Tank Man'

(Newser) - Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in China, which means lots of people headed online to peruse articles and pictures of the incident that led to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protester deaths. One photo that interested parties in several countries couldn't initially find, at least...

Reports of Bill Gates' Iffy Behavior Are Coming Out
Reports of
Bill Gates'
Iffy Behavior
Are Coming Out
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Reports of Bill Gates' Iffy Behavior Are Coming Out

Involving his allegedly wandering eye, Epstein, and more

(Newser) - Reports of allegedly "questionable behavior," as the New York Times puts it, are piling up around Bill Gates in the wake of his divorce announcement . The Microsoft co-founder is accused of having a wandering eye going back years, according to the Times report, and in the Wall Street ...

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