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Microsoft snoops through reporter’s Hotmail and chat records in search for Windows 8 leak

Microsoft Looked Through Reporter’s Hotmail And MSN Chat Accounts To Identify Windows 8 Leaker (via Techdirt) Apparently, Microsoft’s desire to track down someone who leaked screenshots of Windows 8 is so strong that it’s willing to violate its own privacy guidelines and promises to the public — even if it…

Former Microsoft employee charged with leaking trade secrets to blogger

A former employee of Microsoft Corp is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France, U.S. court documents showed. Russian national Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee in Lebanon and Russia, admitted to Microsoft investigators that he provided confidential company documents and information to…

Nokia bows down to Android in low-cost phone battle

Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market. Its first models, Nokia X, X+ and XL, rely upon an open version of…

Intel, Microsoft, and Kohl top EPA list of ‘green’ companies

Intel, Microsoft, And Kohl Top EPA Green Rankings (via Clean Technica) The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership has released it’s latest rankings showcasing the annual green power use of leading companies across the US. Topping the National Top 100 for the seventh time is Intel, with 100% of……

U.S. allows Google, Microsoft and other tech firms more leeway in reporting NSA requests

The United States is to give technology firms more leeway to publish broad details of how their customer data has been targeted by US spy agencies, officials said Monday. Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said communications providers would be allowed to disclose figures on…

Is Bill Gates a hypocrite?

The world’s richest man is seen as a secular saint. But he should question the example Microsoft is setting by avoiding tax He made his name as a sharp-elbowed businessman who rode the technology revolution with such style. But these days he is far more famous for his philanthropy, as…

Microsoft stepping encryption up to thwart NSA spying

Microsoft moves to encrypt data: report (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Microsoft Corp. logo (left) is seen on an exterior wall of a new Microsoft store inside the Prudential Center mall, in Boston. Microsoft has worked closely with the NSA, according to leaked documents in the Guardian. (Steven Senne/…

Microsoft opens new cybercrime center

Microsoft said Thursday it has opened a new cybercrime center, using its resources to combat malware, intellectual property theft, child exploitation and other ills in cyberspace. “The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online,” said…

Ex-Microsoft privacy chief: After finding out about NSA spying, ‘I don’t trust Microsoft now’

Caspar Bowden says he was unaware of Prism data-sharing program when he worked at software firm Microsoft’s former chief privacy officer says he does not have faith in the security of the software company’s technology, following revelations about the U.S’s NSA spy agency published in the Guardian. Caspar Bowden, who…

Microsoft reports 37,000 government data requests in first half of 2013

Microsoft said Friday it received more than 37,000 government requests for information in the first half of 2013 — excluding any national security requests. In only its second report on the matter, the US tech giant’s figures appeared to be on pace with 2012, when it got 75,378 requests. “The…

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