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  • GAME ON monitor minecraft
    September 15, 2014   BY Sarah Corapi 

    Microsoft Corp. confirmed Monday that it has agreed to purchase Mojang, the company behind the popular video game “Minecraft”, for $2.5 billion. The acquisition, which is due to close later this year, could help strengthen Microsoft’s Xbox and mobile businesses. Continue reading

  • GAME ON monitor minecraft
    September 10, 2014  

    U.S. game sales topped $21 billion in 2013, double the amount earned at North American movie theaters. As the influence of the gaming industry grows, Microsoft is making moves to purchase a gaming company that makes Minecraft, a popular, retro-inspired exploration game. Stephen Totilo of Kotaku joins Hari Sreenivasan for a look into the possible deal. Continue reading

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    September 10, 2014   BY Corinne Segal 

    In Long Island, drivers hooked on their phones could soon see new penalties for distracted driving. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has proposed the use of a “kill switch” to disable the phone of someone who has been convicted of texting while driving. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    July 17, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama advised Russian President Vladimir Putin to avoid further sanctions, a day after new measures to punish Moscow’s support of Ukrainian rebels. Putin said the sanctions will push U.S.-Russia relations to a “dead end,” and harm U.S. interests. Also, Microsoft announced its biggest plans for layoffs ever. Continue reading

  • clippers
    May 30, 2014  

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay a record $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers from Shelly Sterling, wife of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for making racist comments. The deal now awaits approval by the rest of the NBA owners. Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at the numbers with Rob Gloster of Bloomberg Businessweek. Continue reading

  • Image by NOAA
    March 19, 2014   BY Seth Borenstein, Associated Press 

    The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that with that localized data they can help the public understand the risks they face, especially in coastal areas where flooding is a big issue. Continue reading

  • Satya Nadella headed Microsoft's enterprise and cloud divisions before being named CEO. Photo by Flickr user LeWeb13
    February 4, 2014   BY Joshua Barajas 

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday named 47-year-old Satya Nadella, the company’s enterprise and cloud chief, as the new chief executive, ending a five-month search to replace Steve Ballmer, who has been serving as CEO since 2000. The company’s first CEO, Bill Gates, will also step down as chairman, a position he’s held since 1981, to assist Nadella as a “technology advisor.” Board member John Thompson will take over as chairman. Continue reading

  • surveillance
    December 9, 2013  

    Eight prominent American tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress expressing concern about the way the U.S. government collects personal data online. Judy Woodruff talks to Brad Smith of Microsoft about their call to limit the scope of government spying. Continue reading

  • September 3, 2013  

    Two big deals are shaking up the tech and telecommunications industry. Microsoft has bought Nokia’s smartphone business for $7.2 billion and Verizon announced it was buying out Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. Judy Woodruff talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about the long-term impact. Continue reading

  • August 31, 2013   BY Vivek Wadhwa  

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the launch event of Windows 8 in 2012. Photo courtesy of Lucas Jackson/REUTERS. Is Microsoft going the way of the Soviet Union? Vivek Wadhwa, vice president for academics and innovation at Singularity University, director … Continue reading

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