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Friday, July 12, 2013
Yesterday, The Guardian released a report showing the extent to which Microsoft worked with the NSA to make data from Outlook, Hotmail and Skype accessible. They highlight the complicated business and ethical problems in Silicon Valley. Steve Blank, author of "The Secret History of Silicon Valley," joins us to explain Microsoft's role in circumventing the encryption process.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald talks about how Microsoft went from leading the computer industry to watching Apple surpass it with iPods and iPads. His article "Microsoft's Lost Decade" appears in the July issue of Vanity Fair.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Washington has just become the first state to allow people to register to vote via Facebook, and the way things are going, it won’t be the last.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
For decades, Microsoft Research's Bill Buxton has been tracking innovation through history — online, Buxton maintains an archive of interactive devices, tracking how technology evolves. He's a firm believer that the seeds of our most innovative ideas and products have been around for years, just waiting for the perfect storm of conditions that can turn a good idea into something more potent.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A Senate panel will open an antitrust inquiry into the business practices of Google today. The search giant's executive chairman Eric Schmidt is expected to testify. Federal authorities are accusing the company of playing favorites with its own businesses in search results. Microsoft endured a similar antitrust case, which took nearly a year to resolve.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Microsoft will purchase Skype for 8.5 billion, making it the largest deal in Microsoft's 36-year history. Skype's popularity is due in part to it's functionality across operating systems and it's free calling services. If executed properly, this can greatly improve Microsoft's hold on internet properties as well as the gaming industry. For more on Microsoft's strategy and the impact of this deal on the global communications industry is Andrew Ross Sorkin, chief mergers and acquisitions reporter for The New York Times.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Four years ago, the Microsoft-designed School of the Future opened its doors to Philadelphia high school students with the goal to serve as a model for 21st-century learning communities around the world. This week, the school graduated its first class with a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Some believe, however, there is room for improvement at the multi-million dollar partnership between Microsoft and the School District of Philadelphia.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Today Microsoft launches Windows 7, the latest and much-anticipated version of its popular Windows operating system. Microsoft hopes to build buzz for the new release by offering it on the same day that the software giant also makes its first foray into the retail side of business. Microsoft, taking a page from Apple's playbook, is planning to open their own stores all over the country. Killing Microsoft's buzz is the news that Apple profits skyrocketed 47 percent in the last quarter on the success of iPhone and Mac sales. The Takeaway's tech contributor and Wired magazine writer Cliff Kuang says Apple's big week was a big blow for Microsoft but that this could be Microsoft's big year. We also go live to Paul Atkinson of public radio station KJZZ in Arizona, who is on the scene of a Microsoft Windows launch party in Scottsdale, Ariz.
(Banners in the Scottsdale mall promoting the Microsoft Store. [Photo: Paul Atkinson])
Thursday, October 01, 2009
[An abridged version of the Google Wave presentation that went viral earlier this year.]
Google is making an ambitious play with a new web application. They say their new tool, Google Wave, is what email might look like if it were invented today. With one tool, they're trying to create a single replacement for email, instant messaging and document sharing. We talk with Gina Trapani, editor of Life Hacker; and Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia University digital journalism professor, about whether Google's success is going to its head and whether Microsoft might finally be making a comeback with the Bing search engine.