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Microsoft’s Law Enforcement Requests Report for first six months of 2013

What does the data show? “Microsoft (including Skype) received 37,196 requests from law enforcement agencies potentially impacting 66,539 accounts in the first six months of this year. This compares to 75,378 requests and 137,424 potential accounts in the whole of 2012. Approximately 77 percent of requests resulted in the disclosure of “non-content data”. No data… Continue Reading

Grammarly – automated proofreader and personal grammar coach

“Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors.” This is for use in addition to Microsoft® Word  – it “scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.” Continue Reading

Microsoft – Responding to government legal demands for customer data

Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft “[July 16, 2013] we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information. We… Continue Reading

UK Guardian: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

“Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the… Continue Reading

NYT: New Bing and Closer Ties to Facebook In Quest for Search Engine Impact

NYT: “The new version of Bing is the biggest overhaul to the search engine since Microsoft introduced it three years ago. It is the result of a continual conversation at the company about how to make Bing a more effective competitor to that other search engine — Google — and try to stem its considerable… Continue Reading

Microsoft Purchases Majority of AOL's Intellectual Property, Including Netscape Patents

Ben Kersey: “Microsoft and AOL …signed a deal that would see MSFT pick up 800 of AOL’s patents for around $1 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2012, with Microsoft being able to leverage AOL’s remaining 300 patents under a non-exclusive license. As it turns out, there was… Continue Reading

Microsoft Paper Focuses on Evolved Security, Privacy and Reliability Strategies for Cloud and Big Data

News release: “Today at the RSA Conference 2012, Scott Charney, corporate vice president of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, shared his vision for the road ahead as society and computing intersect in an increasingly interconnected world. In a new paper, Trustworthy Computing (TwC) Next, Charney encouraged industry and governments to develop more effective privacy principles focused on… Continue Reading

Help with SharePoint is on the way in The Adventures of SharePoint Reading Bee© Animated Series

Via Help with SharePoint is on the way in The Adventures of SharePoint Reading Bee© Animated Series “Microsoft SharePoint expert Lorette S.J. Weldon asks us to imagine walking into the library without worrying about file compatibilities and adjustments of applications to do what you want when you want. All you would see is a… Continue Reading

Windows IE Team: Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings

Follow up to Third-Party Cookie Blocking in Safari Bypassed For Millions of Users, this posting via the Windows Internet Explorer Engineering Team Blog: “When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve… Continue Reading

Harvard Law/Computer Scientist Declares PCs Dead

“The following op-ed by Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain appeared in the Nov. 30 edition of the Technology Review – The PC is dead. Rising numbers of mobile, lightweight, cloud-centric devices don’t merely represent a change in form factor. Rather, we’re seeing an unprecedented shift of power from end users and software developers on… Continue Reading

Microsoft Research: How fighting email spam is helping the search for an HIV vaccine

Microsoft TechNet: “Helping tackle some of the most urgent global challenges is firmly on the agenda for Microsoft Research (MSR) – applying our experience, our depth and breadth of expertise, our partnerships and the power of software to tackle these challenges. In the case of searching for a vaccine for HIV, all of this comes… Continue Reading

BTN: Microsoft Becomes First Corporate User of Standard XML-Based Bank Statements

Microsoft Becomes First Corporate User of Standard XML-Based Bank Statements ‘Microsoft collaborated with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi and SWIFT to develop a unified format that lets it receive electronic bank statements from all its banking providers in the same format. Extensible Markup Language is a way of formatting, parsing and tagging data such… Continue Reading