Microsoft http://kunc.org en U.S. Opposes Tech Firms' Plea To Release Surveillance Requests http://kunc.org/post/us-opposes-tech-firms-plea-release-surveillance-requests The United States <a href="http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/courts/fisc/motion-declaratory-judgement-131002.pdf">filed a court brief</a> (pdf) opposing the release of details concerning the surveillance requests they hand big tech companies in the U.S.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/30/217325884/microsoft-google-say-they-will-move-forward-with-nsa-lawsuit">As we reported back in August</a>, Microsoft and Google were trying to reach an agreement with the government about what they could reveal about national security requests for customer data. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:39:00 +0000 50316 at http://kunc.org U.S. Opposes Tech Firms' Plea To Release Surveillance Requests For Microsoft, Nokia's Phones Are 'Key To Everything' http://kunc.org/post/microsoft-nokias-phones-are-key-everything Here's why Microsoft says its <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/03/218397740/microsoft-buying-nokias-devices-and-services-unit" target="_blank">$7.2 billion deal</a> to buy Nokia's smartphone business as well as that company's patents and services makes sense.<p>"It all starts with the phone," <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048026/microsoft-explains-the-nokia-deal-the-phone-is-key-to-everything.html" target="_blank">writes PCWorld</a>, in a piece that analyzes why "the phone is key to everything."<p>According to the magazine:<p><blockquote><p>"In its '<a href="http://www.microsoft. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49120 at http://kunc.org For Microsoft, Nokia's Phones Are 'Key To Everything' Microsoft, Google Say They're Moving Forward With NSA Lawsuit http://kunc.org/post/microsoft-google-say-theyre-moving-forward-nsa-lawsuit Microsoft and Google say they will go forward with a lawsuit against the U.S. government that seeks to make information about surveillance requests public.<p>The two giants filed the lawsuit earlier this summer, but were negotiating with the government to reach an agreement.<p><a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_on_the_issues/archive/2013/08/30/standing-together-for-greater-transparency.aspx">In a blog post</a>, Brad Smith, a Microsoft vice president and general counsel, said those negotiations failed.<p>The U.S. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:57:00 +0000 49041 at http://kunc.org Microsoft, Google Say They're Moving Forward With NSA Lawsuit Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retiring Within The Next Year http://kunc.org/post/microsoft-ceo-ballmer-retiring-within-next-year Steve Ballmer will retire as CEO at Microsoft within the next 12 months, <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/aug13/08-23AnnouncementPR.aspx" target="_blank">the software giant announced Friday</a>.<p>According to the company:<p><blockquote><p>"In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most."<p></blockquote><p>Ballmer says in the same statement that:<p><blockquote><p>"There is never a perfect time for this type of trans Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 48721 at http://kunc.org Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retiring Within The Next Year Trade Case Puts Apple In Washington's Sights http://kunc.org/post/trade-case-puts-apple-washingtons-sights Apple has been notoriously disinterested in Washington politics. But two decisions coming from the Obama administration in the past few days indicate that Washington is increasingly interested in Apple.<p>Apple got some good news this weekend when U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman stepped in and <a href="http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/08032013%20Letter_1.PDF">overturned a ban</a> on the import of the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. The ban was put in place by the U.S. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:37:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 47972 at http://kunc.org Trade Case Puts Apple In Washington's Sights