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Xbox 720 rumors: Blu-ray drive and always-on internet?

Reports say Microsoft is to adopt the Sony-backed Blu-ray tech in its next games machine, currently codenamed Durango Just in case you missed this on Monday, news site VG247 has learned from “multiple sources” that the next Xbox console, apparently codenamed Durango, will feature a Blu-ray drive and is set…

Microsoft seized two U.S. hacker ‘command’ servers

Microsoft on Monday said that cyber crime “command” servers in two US states were seized in an ongoing campaign to sever online crooks from infected computers used as virtual henchmen. A team headed by the software colossus capitalized on laws crafted to fight organized crime groups to obtain court orders…

Microsoft censoring Windows Live Messenger chats for copyright infringement

Update (below): Microsoft says it has “long” been censoring users Tech giant Microsoft is actively intercepting and censoring conversations in its Windows Live Messenger program, utilizing a block list to prevent users from trading links to a popular peer-to-peer media sharing website known as The Pirate Bay. While it’s not…

Nokia to unveil cheaper Windows smartphone

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia will next week unveil a new, cheaper smartphone using Microsoft’sWindows Phone software, targeting a wider market for its new range of smartphones, two sources close to the company said. Cheaper phones are the key for Nokia and Microsoft in their battle to win a larger share of the market, analysts…

Microsoft claims Google undermined Internet Explorer privacy settings

Following a Wall Street Journal report last week which revealed that search giant Google had developed a way to bypass privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser, the head honchos at Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) division started wondering if their competitor was doing the same to them. As it would turn…

Microsoft India retail site hit by ‘cyber attack’

Microsoft said on Monday it was investigating an attack by hackers on its Indian retail website, reportedly carried out by a Chinese group called the “Evil Shadow Team.” The team struck at www.microsoftstore.co.in late Sunday, stealing login IDs and passwords of people who had used the website for buying Microsoft products,…

Windows 8 preview set for February 29

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Wednesday revealed plans to unveil a test version of its latest Windows computer operating software later this month. The US technology titan sent out invitations to a “Windows Consumer Preview” event to be held on February 29 at a hotel in Barcelona during a Mobile…

Plodding PC sales weigh down Microsoft profit

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is starting the new year much as it did the one just ended – grappling with weak computer salestearing a hole in its core Windows business, while it gropes its way slowly into the faster-growing mobile phone and tablet markets. Shares of the world’s largest software…

Microsoft to bring Kinect to Windows PCs

Microsoft plans to bring its Kinect technology to bear on personal computers following its phenomenal success with the gesture and voice-recognition sensor in the Xbox 360 game console. “I’m thrilled to announce that Kinect is coming to Windows on February 1,” Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in his final…

Video game industry still supports anti-piracy bill

Despite a flurry of reports suggesting that the world’s largest video game companies have dropped their support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — a bill which critics say could break the fundamental structure of the Internet in the U.S. — that assumption appears premature. The Internet was…

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