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Microsoft is killing Windows Vista: Here’s what you should do – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Judge Rejects Google Deal Over Email Scanning – Fortune

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017

A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday slammed a legal settlement that proposed to pay $2.2 million to lawyers, but nothing to consumers who had the contents of their email scanned by Google without their knowledge or permission. In a 6-page order, Judge Lucy Koh told Google (goog) and class action attorneys the proposed settlement was insufficient, in part because it failed to clearly tell consumers what the search…

Microsoft is killing Windows Vista: Here’s what you should do – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Microsoft urges PhD-grade devs to play Minecraft for money – The Register

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Microsoft wants PhD researchers to pitch their bots into a Minecraft landscape, but it’s not some simple “robot wars” remake: to win, your AI will have to learn to co-operate with humans. And you don’t get to choose who you co-operate with: in Project Malmo, the other players your code works with will be randomly assigned. There are three maximum US$20k prizes at stake in the competition, which will happen…

Microsoft fires up storage-optimised Azure instances – The Register

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Microsoft’s decided Azure needs virtual machines optimised for storage, so has given us all the new L-series to play with. They’re all running Xeon E5 V3 CPUs and go from four cores, 32 GiB of RAM and 678 GB of local SSD up to 32 cores, 356 GiB RAM and “over 5.6 TB of local SSD.” Microsoft says the new instance type is for “workloads that require low latency, such…

Microsoft Bursts into Atlassian’s Market: Raymond James Examines – Barron’s (blog)

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017

By Tiernan Ray Raymond James’s Michael Turits this afternoon weighed in on the entrance by Microsoft (MSFT) into the so-called collaboration software market, where Atlassian (TEAM) is a well-known name inside  companies, and also private outfits such as Slack, with something called “Microsoft Teams,” announced yesterday. The product is offered to those subscribing to Microsoft’s online hosted version of its Office productivity suite, Office 365. Turits, who has a Strong Buy rating on Microsoft…