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‘Privacy’ Search Engine DuckDuckGo Smoked Over Hidden Tracking Agreement With Microsoft
05/28/2022 6:16:29 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
Zubu Brothers ^ | 5-28-2022
DuckDuckGo, the search engine which claims to offer ‘real privacy’ because it doesn’t track searches or store users’ history, has come under fire after a security researcher discovered that the mobile DuckDuckGo browser app contains a third-party tracker from Microsoft. Researcher Zach Edwards found that while Google and Facebook’s trackers are blocked, trackers related to and were also being allowed through. You can capture data within the DuckDuckGo so-called private browser on a website like Facebook’s and you’ll see that DDG does NOT stop data flows to Microsoft’s Linkedin domains or their Bing advertising domains. iOS +...

Microsoft Bing censors politically sensitive Chinese terms
05/20/2022 7:15:37 AM PDT · by Salman · 2 replies
The Register ^ | 20 May 2022 | Laura Dobberstein
Microsoft search engine Bing censors terms deemed sensitive in China from its autosuggestion feature internationally, according to research from Citizen Lab. The University of Toronto research organization analyzed the search engine's autosuggestion system for censorship of nearly 100,000 names in the United States, Canada and China in both English letters and Chinese characters. Testing was done by modifying region settings, language setting and IP address geolocation. Microsoft responded to a notification from Citizen Lab, and called [PDF] the lack of autofill terms a "technical error" and said they'd resolved the issue. The Citizen Lab group claims it found that censored...

Microsoft to help cover U.S. employees' travel costs for abortion
05/10/2022 5:51:28 AM PDT · by karpov · 20 replies
Reuters ^ | May 9, 2022
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Monday that it would extend its abortion and gender affirming care services for employees in the United States to include travel expense assistance. Several companies, including Yelp Inc (YELP.N), Citigroup (C.N), Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N), and Inc (AMZN.O), have already pledged to cover costs for American employees who need to travel out of state for an abortion. read more Some major employers, such as Walmart Inc (WMT.N) and Target Corp (TGT.N), have not weighed in since the leak to Politico last week of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn its 1973...

Microsoft to help cover U.S. employees' travel costs for abortion
05/10/2022 12:09:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
Daily Mail UK ^ | May 9, 2022 | Reuters
May 9 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Monday that it would extend its abortion and gender affirming care services for employees in the United States to include travel expense assistance. Several companies, including Yelp Inc, Citigroup , Levi Strauss & Co, and Inc, have already pledged to cover costs for American employees who need to travel out of state for an abortion. Some major employers, such as Walmart Inc and Target Corp, have not weighed in since the leak to Politico last week of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn its 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide....

Bill Gates warns 'we've NOT seen the worst of Covid': Microsoft billionaire says there is 'way above five percent' risk of pandemic generating more transmissive and 'even more fatal' Coronavirus variant
05/02/2022 7:06:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 63 replies
Daily Mail ^ | 05/01/2022 | Stephen Wynn-Davies
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has warned there is a 'way above five per cent' risk the world has not yet seen the worst of the Covid pandemic.The tech mogul and philanthropist said he did not want to sound 'doom and gloom' but warned there was a risk an 'even more transmissive and even more fatal' variant could be generated.He said the risk of that happening is 'way above five per cent' and would mean the world has yet to see the worst of the pandemic.It is not the first time he has made such a prediction. In December 2021, he...

Elon Musk compares Bill Gates to controversial pregnant man emoji in tweet mocking the Microsoft billionaire's belly as a 'b*ner killer'
04/23/2022 4:49:00 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
Daily Mail ^ | Christina Coulter
Musk, the world's richest person and chief executive of the American company, posted a follow-up image in response to the Friday post of six hooded figured captioned 'shadow ban council reviewing Tweet.'The lowbrow joke could further infuriate woke Twitter staffers angered by Musk's ongoing bid to buy the firm after saying he'd take a hardline stance supporting free speech. That is because the pregnant man emoji is aimed at being inclusive to transgender people - with Musk frequently taking aim at what he sees as woke overreach, while repeatedly insisting that he bears no ill-will towards the LGBTQ community.Many have...

Microsoft-led move takes down ZLoader botnet domains
04/18/2022 9:44:56 PM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
The Register ^ | Apr 14, 2022 | Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
That should keep the criminals offline for, well, weeks probably Embedded links are in the original article. Microsoft has announced a months-long effort to take control of 65 domains that the ZLoader criminal botnet gang has been using to spread the remote-control malware and orchestrate infected machines. The tech giant's Digital Crimes Unit obtained a court order from a US federal judge in Georgia to take down the domains, which are now directed to a Microsoft-controlled sinkhole so they can't be used by the malware's masterminds to communicate with their botnet of commandeered Windows computers. From what we can tell...

Microsoft: Moving Windows 11 taskbar may never be an option again (More features removed, apparently permanently)
04/11/2022 11:39:41 PM PDT · by dayglored · 68 replies
Bleeping Computer ^ | April 11, 2022 | Lawrence Abrams
If you are waiting for Windows 11 side-taskbar support before upgrading to the latest operating system, you may be waiting for a long time, according to a recent Microsoft Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. When Windows (11) was first released, the most controversial changes were the new centered Start Menu and the reduced functionality of the Windows taskbar. In the past, the Start Menu was left-aligned on the taskbar, and it was possible to move the taskbar, so it was pinned to the top, sides, and bottom of the screen. However, with Windows 11, Microsoft took away the ability to...

Google Chrome 100 Trips Up Websites That Can't Count That High...Version 100 problems are rare but also affect Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
03/31/2022 7:05:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | March 30, 2022 3:12 p.m. PT | Stephen Shankland
Google on Tuesday released Chrome 100, an iteration of the popular browser that can trip up websites that weren't written to handle three-digit version numbers. It's a problem that, though rare, also affects people using Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. The problem crops up because developers sometimes try to adapt their websites for particular browser versions. Browsers share their version number through a short text description called the user agent string, but website scripts sometimes extract just two of the three digits in the version number. Problems can include websites not working at all or showing a popup erroneously saying...

8 Easy Ways to Improve (or Replace) Windows 11's Start Menu...Microsoft keeps making changes to the Start menu, but you can customize it the way you like it.
03/25/2022 6:30:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | Mar 22, 2022 | ByKhamosh Pathak
Every major update since Windows 8 has come with a major redesign of the Start menu, and Windows 11 is no exception. This time, though, Microsoft went rather radical: The taskbar is centered, the Start menu is devoid of live tiles, and there are only two sections—pinned apps, and recommendations. If you find yourself unhappy with the new look and feel of it, there are changes you can make to improve it or remove it altogether. Let’s start by customizing what is now the only major part of the Start menu (RIP Live Tiles). In the Pinned section, you can...

Microsoft Corporation Legal Documents Show Biden DOJ Spying on Project Veritas Journalists — Hides It From Federal Court Judge
03/22/2022 10:47:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | March 22, 2022 | By J.D. Rucker
One of the reasons the 1st Amendment gives protection to the free press is because they are supposed to be one of the most important checks against a tyrannical government. Independence and protection for journalists can be argued as one of the biggest reasons the United States has flourished for a quarter millenium. Project Veritas has been targeted by our government on multiple occasions they do not abide by the standing orders given to journalists that they must be supportive of progressive ideologies. While most major news outlets pander to the left willingly, offering cover for corrupt Democrats while seeking...

Microsoft investigates after Lapsus$ gang brags of Bing, Cortana code heist If boasts are legit, Windows giant will join Nvidia, Samsung, others as victims
03/21/2022 8:16:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
The Register ^ | 3-21-22 | Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
The Lapsus$ extortion gang briefly alleged over the weekend it had compromised Microsoft. The devil-may-care cyber-crime ring has previously boasted of breaking into Nvidia, Samsung, Ubisoft, and others. Its modus operandi is to infiltrate a big target's network, exfiltrate sensitive internal data, and then make demands to prevent the public release of this material – and perhaps just release some of it anyway. "We are aware of the claims and are investigating," a Microsoft spokesperson told The Register on Monday. On Saturday and Sunday, the crooks shared then deleted on Telegram screenshots suggesting they had broken into Microsoft's internal DevOps...

Feds Reportedly Investigating Barry Diller And David Geffen For Options Trades Ahead Of Microsoft-Activision Sale
03/14/2022 7:07:19 AM PDT · by ptsal · 12 replies
Forbes ^ | march 08, 2022 | Mason Bissada
The Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether moguls Barry Diller, David Geffen and Alexander von Furstenberg violated insider trading laws by buying Activision Blizzard options shortly before the video game company announced an acquisition by Microsoft, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday—but Diller says they didn’t have prior knowledge of the impending deal. [archived version]

Microsoft Suspends Sales in Russia, Continues Helping Ukraine Cybersecurity
03/04/2022 11:26:15 AM PST · by fluorescence · 9 replies
Newsweak via MSN ^ | Mar. 4, 2022 | Erin Brady
In the statement posted on Friday, president and vice-chair Brad Smith reaffirmed support for the Ukrainian government and the company's partnership with supplying cybersecurity help to the nation. "We are coordinating closely and working in lockstep with the governments of the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom, and we are stopping many aspects of our business in Russia in compliance with governmental sanctions decisions," wrote Smith. "Since the war began, we have acted against Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive measures against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial sector organizations. We have also acted against cyberattacks...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s son Zain dead at 26 [cerebral palsy]
03/01/2022 8:30:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
NY Post ^
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s son, Zain, died at age 26 on Monday following a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy, according to reports. The tech firm informed its top executives of Zain Nadella’s passing in an email. The message asked the executives to send their thoughts and prayers to the Nadella family. Nadella’s son — the eldest of his three children — experienced asphyxiation in utero and was born weighing just 3 pounds. Zain Nadella received care at Seattle Children’s Hospital for much of his life.

Microsoft says cyberattacks targeting Ukraine 'raise serious concerns' under Geneva Convention
03/01/2022 10:54:58 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 20 replies
CNN vis MSN ^ | 1 March 2022 | Brian Fung
As hacking by nation-states has grown more pervasive in recent years, Microsoft has long called for the creation of a new Geneva Convention governing cyberspace. But now, for the first time, the tech giant appears to be suggesting that cyberattacks tied to the war in Ukraine could potentially be considered war crimes under existing international law. On Monday, Microsoft (MSFT) said that in the hours leading up to Russia's invasion, it detected a new form of "offensive and destructive" software targeting Ukrainian institutions. Microsoft also said it has observed a barrage of cyberattacks zeroing in on Ukraine's agricultural, commercial, finance...

Microsoft details 'planet-scale' AI infrastructure packing 100,000-plus GPUs
02/22/2022 5:55:34 PM PST · by algore · 43 replies
the register ^
Microsoft has revealed it operates a planet-scale distributed scheduling service for AI workloads that it has modestly dubbed "Singularity". Described in a pre-press paper [PDF] co-authored by 26 Microsoft employees, Singularity's aim is described as helping the software giant control costs by driving high utilization for deep learning workloads. Singularity achieves that goal with what the paper describes as a "novel workload-aware scheduler that can transparently preempt and elastically scale deep learning workloads to drive high utilization without impacting their correctness or performance, across a global fleet of AI accelerators (e.g., GPUs, FPGAs)." The paper spends more time on the...

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines (Windows 10 Updates)
01/25/2022 9:34:06 AM PST · by dayglored · 80 replies
The Register ^ | Jan 24, 2022 | Richard Speed
It's coming. Microsoft is preparing to start shoveling the latest version of Windows 10 down the throats of refuseniks still clinging to older incarnations.The Windows Update team gave the heads-up through its Twitter orifice last week. Windows 10 2004 was already on its last gasp, have had support terminated in December. 20H2, on the other hand, should be good to go until May this year.We started the first phase in the Windows 10, version 21H2 rollout for machine learning (ML) training. We are targeting devices on Windows 10, version 20H2 that are approaching end of servicing to update automatically to...

Here Are 17 New Games Activision Just Announced After Being Bought By Microsoft
01/21/2022 8:01:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
The Babylon Bee ^ | Jan 20, 2022 | Babylon Bee Staff
Microsoft just purchased Activision and wasted no time in unveiling a bunch of promising new upcoming titles. Here they are:1. Minesweeper: Modern Warfare - An action-packed first-person mine defusing game. You'll even get to play multiplayer, where 13-year-old kids will insult your mother for not defusing the mines quickly enough.2. Tony Hawk's Excel - Forget spreadsheets: it's time for SHREDsheets! Basically just Excel with Tony Hawk instead of Clippy.3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of Clippy - This exciting expansion has Clippy take over Azeroth, but he's just a minor annoyance really. He's no Lich King.4. Bill Gates' Divorce Simulator -...

Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard to Kick Off Its Metaverse
01/20/2022 6:10:45 AM PST · by AF_Blue · 5 replies ^ | JAN 18, 2022 | Andrew Heinzman
Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard, the developer behind Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush, for $68.7 billion. This deal, which is the most expensive acquisition in Microsoft’s history, will make Microsoft the third-largest game company by revenue behind Tencent and Sony. But more importantly, it will kick off Microsoft’s venture into the metaverse.
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