Microsoft

1:55pm

Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Microsoft Helped NSA, FBI Get Around Encryption

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:53 am

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces Microsoft's purchase of Skype in 2011, in San Francisco.
AFP/Getty Images

The latest in The Guardian's series of reports on secret U.S. electronic surveillance efforts claims to detail the extent of Microsoft's cooperation with the National Security Agency, with the tech giant reportedly allowing agents to circumvent its own encryption system to spy on email and chats, as well as its cloud-based storage service.

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4:30pm

Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Microsoft Responds To Fan Outcry, Changes Xbox One Policies

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 5:16 pm

Fans spoke, and apparently Microsoft listened.

In a reversal of the company's previous position, Microsoft announced Wednesday that its forthcoming Xbox One gaming console would no longer require a regular Internet connection and would not restrict used or shared games.

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7:21am

Sat June 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Tech Giants Deny Granting NSA 'Direct Access' To Servers

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 4:26 pm

A man poses for photos in front of a sign at the entrance to the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif., on Friday.
Jeff Chiu AP

Tech companies that cooperated with government intelligence-gathering efforts by allowing access to their databases say they did so only reluctantly and that it never involved 'direct access' to servers, according to The New York Times.

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8:31am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Microsoft, FBI Say They've Disrupted $500 Million Botnet

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 10:11 am

Buttons with the Microsoft logo are seen at a Comp USA store in 2007.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

3:33am

Wed June 5, 2013
Business

Halo To Leap From Computer Screens To Mobile Phones

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 7:20 am

Blockbuster console game franchise Halo is going to have a new installment for mobile phones. Microsoft made the announcement Tuesday. It's a confirmation of the way the gaming industry is going, away from relying on $60 console games and closer to mobile and micropayments.

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