Tag: Microsoft Corp

Big Tech Is Under Attack, and Investors Couldn’t Care Less

It was December 2018, and the towering giants of tech were looking wobbly. Apple’s shares were tumbling, and it hadn’t yet delivered the bad news about a sales slowdown in China for the iPhone, a device that had helped make it the modern era’s first trillion-dollar company. Facebook could not escape the shadow of the […]

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Amazon Accuses Trump of ‘Improper Pressure’ on JEDI Contract

Amazon said in a legal complaint unsealed on Monday that it had lost a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract with the Pentagon because President Trump used “improper pressure” to divert it from the company to harm its chief executive, Jeff Bezos. Amazon had been considered the front-runner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, known as […]

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How Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Can Make It Harder to Detect

Child sexual abuse photos and videos are among the most toxic materials online. It is against the law to view the imagery, and anybody who comes across it must report it to the federal authorities. So how can tech companies, under pressure to remove the material, identify newly shared photos and videos without breaking the […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro X Review: Powerful Computer, but So-So Tablet

When Apple unveiled the iPad in 2010, Steve Jobs presented the tablet as a third device that we could carry along with a computer and smartphone. Years later, Microsoft responded with a radically different approach: It designed its Windows operating system to work on personal computers and tablets at the same time so that we […]

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Microsoft Says Russians Hacked Antidoping Agency Computers

Russian state hackers attacked the computer networks of at least 16 national and international sports and antidoping organizations, Microsoft said Monday. The attacks are the latest in a series of brazen Russian cyberattacks on foreign politicians, sporting officials and antidoping regulators. The attacks were timed as the World Anti-Doping Agency deals with the continued fallout […]

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Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon

The Department of Defense has awarded a $10 billion technology contract to Microsoft, in what was a closely scrutinized contest after President Trump said he might intervene in the hard-fought commercial battle. The decision, announced Friday, was a surprise because Amazon had been considered a front-runner to win the 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise […]

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Building for Real With Digital Blocks

In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did […]

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A Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein That Bill Gates Now ‘Regrets’

Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who committed suicide in prison, managed to lure an astonishing array of rich, powerful and famous men into his orbit. There were billionaires (Leslie Wexner and Leon Black), politicians (Bill Clinton and Bill Richardson), Nobel laureates (Murray Gell-Mann and Frank Wilczek) and even royals (Prince Andrew). Few, though, compared […]

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Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

The F.B.I. has used secret subpoenas to obtain personal data from far more companies than previously disclosed, newly released documents show. The requests, which the F.B.I. says are critical to its counterterrorism efforts, have raised privacy concerns for years but have been associated mainly with tech companies. Now, records show how far beyond Silicon Valley […]

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Microsoft’s President on Silicon Valley in the Cross Hairs

[embedded content] Brad Smith began his career at Microsoft in 1993. Aside from serving as its president, he is the company’s chief legal officer and the co-author of a new book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.” Andrew Ross Sorkin, DealBook editor and columnist for The New York Times, […]

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How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided the Big Tech Backlash

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are targets of government investigations and public outrage, facing accusations that they abuse their power in various ways, from exploiting personal information to stifling rivals. Conspicuously absent from most of that criticism? Microsoft, a tech company worth more than them all. The software giant, valued at more than $1 trillion […]

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Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Outcry Over Jeffrey Epstein Ties

The director of M.I.T.’s prestigious Media Lab stepped down on Saturday after an outcry over his financial ties with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. “After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab […]

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In Pentagon Contract Fight, Amazon Has Foes in High Places

It sounded like the dullest of developments: the award of a big Pentagon I.T. contract was postponed so the new defense secretary could review it. But the competition over the $10 billion, 10-year contract to transform the military’s computing systems has been fierce, and the highly unusual, last-minute intervention by President Trump this week was […]

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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

As corporate giants like Ford, G.M. and Waymo struggle to get their self-driving cars on the road, a team of researchers in China is rethinking autonomous transportation using a souped-up bicycle. This bike can roll over a bump on its own, staying perfectly upright. When the man walking just behind it says “left,” it turns […]

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With $1 Billion From Microsoft, an A.I. Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

SAN FRANCISCO — As the waitress approached the table, Sam Altman held up his phone. That made it easier to see the dollar amount typed into an investment contract he had spent the last 30 days negotiating with Microsoft. “$1,000,000,000,” it read. The investment from Microsoft, signed early this month and announced on Monday, signals […]

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Trump Says He May Intervene in Huge Pentagon Contract Sought by Amazon

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that he was looking “very seriously” at intervening in the hard-fought commercial battle for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract for which Amazon, a company he has frequently attacked, is seen as the leading contender. For the president to weigh in on the award of a major […]

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a sprawling ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology. The databases are pulled together with images from social networks, photo […]

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You’re Hired. Now Wear This Headset to Learn the Job.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — When Toby Bouska Jr. started assembling cabs for Kenworth semitrucks last year, he learned the ropes by observing longtime workers at the factory. But it wasn’t exactly engaging, and he didn’t get much practice doing the job himself. “It’s them doing the job, and you just have to watch,” said Mr. Bouska, […]

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Letting the Internet Regulate Itself Was a Good Idea — in the 1990s

Tech regulation may be the only thing on which a polarized Capitol Hill can agree. “We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, and perhaps we will,” President Trump recently declared. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, has made the breakup of tech companies a central plank of her campaign. Even Silicon […]

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