• A Microsoft logo is seen on an office building in New York City in this July 28, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files - RTX29ZJL
    April 15, 2016  

    In the wake of the FBI’s showdown with Apple last month, a new tech giant is taking up arms against government oversight. Microsoft sued the Department of Justice Thursday, arguing that it is unconstitutional for the government to request access to a customer’s data while banning Microsoft from informing the individual in question. Microsoft president Brad Smith joins Judy Woodruff for more. Continue reading

  • Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc., watches as FBI Director James Comey testifies during a House Judiciary hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
    March 3, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a dozen major tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, filed briefs supporting Apple’s refusal to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone despite federal court order. Also, Florida lawmakers approved a bill that could reinstate the death penalty after capital punishment in the state was previously struck down by the Supreme Court in January. Continue reading

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    July 8, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Microsoft announced it is cutting an additional 7,800 jobs in the company’s struggling phone business, after cutting 18,000 jobs in that sector as part of restructuring. Also, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed the European Parliament in France, offering a new financial bailout proposal. Continue reading

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    September 15, 2014   BY  

    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    March 19, 2014   BY  

    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  

    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

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