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Hacking

Venezuela’s Government Appears To Be Trying to Hack Activists With Phishing Pages

Security researchers and activists exposed a brazen attempt to steal Venezuelan usernames and passwords for popular email and social media websites such as Gmail, Facebook, Microsoft Live, and Twitter.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.15.19
open source

The Internet Was Built on the Free Labor of Open Source Developers. Is That Sustainable?

A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.14.19
climate change

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Writes a Letter Roasting Silicon Valley Giants

Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chellie Pingree penned a letter to the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Microsoft schooling them on climate change.
Samantha Cole
1.29.19
Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft Putting Edge on Chromium Will Fundamentally Change the Web

The move will allow deeper integration of Chromium and Chrome on Windows, which will lead to major improvements in performance and battery life.
Owen Williams
12.7.18
S.E.T.I.

How Paul Allen Saved the American Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

The Microsoft co-founder single-handedly revolutionized the American search for extraterrestrial intelligence at a time when no public institutions wanted to touch it.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.16.18
edge

Windows 10 Is Testing a Feature That Prompts Users to Try Edge When Installing Chrome

Windows' October update might come with some surprises designed to dissuade you from using browsers Microsoft doesn’t own.
Matthew Gault
9.12.18
Ice Ice Baby

Open Source Devs Reverse Decision to Block ICE Contractors From Using Software

Only a day after a software developer decided to revoke access to a popular open source program from any organization that collaborated with ICE, he was booted from the group and the license was changed back.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.30.18
Internet Insecurity

The Attack on Fair Elections Is a Great Marketing Opportunity For Tech Companies

With Donald Trump downplaying and denying Russian attempts to interfere with American elections, companies like Microsoft, Google, and Cloudflare have filled the void as defenders of democracy.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.21.18
Gaming

Only Piracy Can Save 'Forza Horizon 2' Now

The popular racing game will be unavailable through Microsoft’s digital distribution platform after September 30, leaving the job of preservation to hobbyists.
Emanuel Maiberg
Matthew Gault
8.21.18
AI Doing Art

This AI Creates Horrifying Images Based On Your Words

Yay, researchers trained an algorithm to turn your captions into (nightmarish) images.
Sarah Emerson
8.17.18
Twitter

Microsoft Demands That Gab Delete Post Calling for 'Eradication of All Jews'

Microsoft has given the alt-right Twitter alternative 48 hours to delete two offending posts before it shuts down the company's cloud server account.
Matthew Gault
8.9.18
under the sea

Watch Fish Swim By Petabytes of Data at Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center

It’s pretty surreal to watch all these fish congregate around the data center like it’s an artificial reef.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.9.18
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