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  • MICROSOFT Jan 14

    NSA Discovers Security Flaw in Windows 10, Microsoft Issues Fix

    The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system and tipped off the company rather than exploit it for its own intelligence needs. Microsoft made a software patch to fix it available Tuesday and credited the agency for discovering the flaw. The company said it has not seen any evidence that hackers have...

  • MICROSOFT Jan 12

    Microsoft Looks to Detect Sex Predators in Video Game Chats

    Microsoft says it has developed a technique to detect online predators using video games to try to sexually exploit children. The chat function in online multiplayer games is one place where predators have tried to groom children for sexual purposes.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    CT LIVE!: Black Friday at Westfarms Preview

    Spokesperson Amanda Sirica showed us the deals you can expect.

  • Nov 24, 2019

    Swift Moonwalks Past Michael Jackson’s Record at AMA Awards

    Taylor Swift has moonwalked past Michael Jackson’s record at the 2019 American Music Awards, taking home six honors including artist of the year and artist of the decade.

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Post Malone Tops AMA Nominees, But Taylor Swift Could Steal Show

    Post Malone will carry a leading seven nominations into Sunday night’s presentation of the American Music Awards, but Taylor Swift — who will be named “Artist of the Decade” during the ceremony — could set a record for most AMA wins of all time.

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Muted Launch for Google’s Game-Streaming Service Stadia

    Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling games and a somewhat convoluted pricing scheme.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Esper Defends $10B Pentagon Contract Disputed by Amazon

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October, and Amazon said there was “unmistakable bias” on the government’s part and it intended to challenge the decision in court. Esper recused himself...

  • Nov 10, 2019

    Justices Take Up High-Profile Case Over Young Immigrants

    The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.

  • Nov 8, 2019

    Saudi Recruitment of Twitter Workers Reflects Insider Risks

    Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies.

  • Nov 3, 2019

    Saudi Arabia Formally Starts IPO of State-Run Oil Firm Aramco

    Saudi Arabia formally began an initial public offering Sunday of a sliver of oil giant Saudi Aramco after years of delay, hoping international and local investors will pay billions of dollars for a stake in the kingdom’s crown jewels. An approval by Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority served as the starting gun for an IPO promised by Crown Prince Mohammed...

  • Nov 3, 2019

    Saudi Arabia Formally Starts IPO of State-Run Oil Firm Aramco

    Saudi Arabia formally began an initial public offering Sunday of a sliver of oil giant Saudi Aramco after years of delay, hoping international and local investors will pay billions of dollars for a stake in the kingdom’s crown jewels. An approval by Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority served as the starting gun for an IPO promised by Crown Prince Mohammed...

  • Oct 25, 2019

    Pentagon Hands Microsoft $10B ‘War Cloud’ Deal, Snubs Amazon

    The Pentagon awarded Microsoft a $10 billion cloud computing contract, snubbing early front-runner Amazon, whose competitive bid drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its business rivals.

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Google Claims Breakthrough in Blazingly Fast Computing

    Google announced Wednesday it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, saying it has developed an experimental processor that took just minutes to complete a calculation that would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years. The feat could open the door someday to machines so blazingly fast that they could revolutionize such tasks as finding new medicines, developing vastly...

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Amazon Offers Way to Delete Alexa Recordings Automatically

    Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically. Amazon says it saves such commands to improve the service. But the practice has raised concerns with privacy experts who say the recordings could get into the wrong hands, especially as Amazon and other companies use human reviewers rather than just machines.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    Humans Will Start Listening to Your Google Assistant Voice Commands Again

    Google is restarting a practice in which human contractors listen to and transcribe some voice commands people give to the company’s artificial intelligence system, Assistant. But this time Google is taking steps to make sure people know what they are agreeing to.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Fresh US-China Trade Worries Erase Early Gains for Stocks

    Wall Street closed out a volatile week with losses Friday as investors worried that upcoming trade talks aimed at resolving the costly trade war between Washington and Beijing could be in trouble. The selling, which erased modest early gains for the market, snapped a three-week win streak for the S&P 500. The benchmark index is still up 2.2% for September....

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Greatest Head Count in US History Is Nearly Ready for Launch

    With just a few months left before America starts taking its biggest-ever self-portrait, the U.S. Census Bureau is grappling with a host of concerns about the head count, including how to ensure that it is secure and accurate and the challenge of getting most people to answer questions online. All of that is on top of the main attention-grabber of...

  • Aug 25, 2019

    Employees of Big Tech Are Speaking Out Like Never Before

    When Liz O’Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her main interests: technology and ethics. Two years later, she found herself facing a moral dilemma. Clarifai was developing aerial photography and object detection tools as one of several companies working on...

  • Aug 11, 2019

    Amazon’s Quest for Constant Growth Is Not Leaving It With Many Friends — Except for Wall Street

    From industry stalwarts to high-profile politicians, seemingly everyone’s turning their backs against Amazon these days. Except one: Wall Street. Just this week, old players in two major categories — logistics and pharmacies — turned into foes. FedEx terminated its ground-delivery contract with Amazon, two months after ending its U.S. express shipping deal. Meanwhile, CVS and Walgreens were accused of unfairly...

  • Aug 1, 2019

    Fortnite Superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins Leaves Twitch For Mixer

    Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has left Twitch and is taking his video game live streams to Microsoft’s Mixer platform, a stunning switch that could have wide-ranging consequences for the rapidly growing industry. Blevins announced his move Thursday , ending a hugely profitable partnership with Twitch, a live streaming giant owned by Amazon. “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities Twitch...

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