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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a new bill that is going to be passed in USA government that will reduce online piracy. Even though it sounds good many web 2.0 companies like Facebook, Google, etc are opposing the bill to safeguard themselves from content owners. They even posted a full page ad on The New York  Times about their opposition to SOPA. But what about technology companies like Microsoft, Apple ??  They are indirectly supporting SOPA through their Business Software Alliance. In a news release from October, BSA wrote: The Business Software Alliance today commended House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) for introducing the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (H.R. 3261) to curb the growing rash of software piracy and other forms of intellectual property theft that are being perpetrated by illicit websites. Given the current situations, I guess the bill will be passed unless BSA weighs in their support against SOPA. Source: TNW via: ...

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Microsoft recently announced a new startup program for new ideas based on Microsoft Kinect. Microsoft is partnering with TechStars to operate the program. The program will offer an investment of $20,000, an Xbox development kit, the Windows Kinect SDK, office space, all the resources of BizSpark, technical training and support, and mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives intensely focused on making their business a success. If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program, Microsoft is supporting entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators like you to bring to life a wide range of business ideas that leverage the limitless possibilities Kinect enables. Following a competitive screening process, ten finalists will be chosen for this unique three month incubation program running from March to ...

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  Many of you would have forgot about the antitrust case that is going on between Microsoft and Novell. Even though Microsoft and Novell are now friends in their industry, once they were bitter rivals. Here is the short description of the case, Novell argues that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates ordered company engineers to reject WordPerfect as a Windows 95 application because he feared it was too good. WordPerfect’s share plummeted from nearly 50 percent to less than 10 percent of the market as Microsoft’s own office programs took hold. Microsoft obviously argues that its not the case as Novell describes. Their response, Microsoft’s Gates decided against installing a WordPerfect program because it threatened to crash Windows and couldn’t be fixed in time for the Windows 95 rollout. Bill GatesGates is scheduled to appear before court on Microsoft’s defense on Monday. Lets see what happens ! ! ! via: BOSTON ...

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Earlier today we reported that Microsoft is preparing for the next version of its security program for Windows, Security Essentials 3. The beta invitations were sent out the early beta testers of previous versions and now you can also sign up for the beta. New features in the Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include: Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation – The Beta will clean high-impact malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction. Enhanced performance – The Beta includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t negatively impacted. Simplified UI – Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use. New and improved protection engine – The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities. You can sign up here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will open “Advanced Technology Center For Internet” at Beijing, China. The new center will focus on online services like Bing search engine, Online advertising (AdCenter), Technology for its MSN platforms and Mobile Internet services. Microsoft is also integrating its STCA (Search Technology Center Asia) and Advertising technology center in Beijing into the new ATCI. It will employ hundreds of R&D Engineers from China and Japan. Source: Sina via: menafn ...

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 Today Experian Hitwise reported that the Bing-powered search comprised 28.62 percent of searches for the month, with Yahoo! Search and Bing receiving 15.39 percent and 13.23 percent, respectively. This report differs from the comScore data which was released few days ago which reported that Bing powered search lost ~1%. Take a look at the market share stat below, Source: Hitwise   ...

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Today Microsoft sent out beta invitations to previous MSE beta testers for trying out its upcoming version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Here is the invitation message from Microsoft, Greetings from Microsoft Connect! Thank you so much for being a part of the Microsoft Security Essentials v2 Beta.  You have indicated that you are interested in receiving invites for Connect programs from Microsoft, so we would like to invite you toparticipate in theMicrosoft Security Essentials Public Beta program on Microsoft Connect. This program is for the newest Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials which has the latest protection features. Be one of the select few who get access to this Beta release by signing up now to reserve your spot! You can check at Microsoft Connect whether you have your spot in this beta program or not. ...

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Today Microsoft opened its 14th brick & mortar store at Tysons Corner Center, Virginia, USA. As usual there was lots of crowd gathered during the opening of the store this morning. The part of the crowd was due to the special concert by Joe Jonas Microsoft has organised for tomorrow and it was announced that the first hundred visitors to the store today will get premium tickets to the concert. Anyway, good to see a huge gathering in the Thursday morning ! ! ...

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Today Microsoft and Samsung announced that Surface 2.0 aka Samsung SUR40 will be available for pre-order in 23 countries. The Samsung SUR40 with PixelSense technology makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display. Recognizing up to 50 points of simultaneous touch, including fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen. Microsoft Surface 2.0 won the award for the Best of What’s New 2011 from PopSci magazine. You can find more details to order this system here. Regarding Surface availability and current usages, read here. Find the Surface 2.0 brochure here.   ...

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Today Microsoft Skype announced that you will be able to initiate a video call to your Facebook friend from your Skype client. Initiating a Facebook-to-Facebook call from within Skype is quite easy; all you need to do is connect your Skype and Facebook accounts. Then, select a Facebook friend and hit the video call button in Skype- your friend simply picks up the call from Facebook. This new feature lets you maintain social connections with your Facebook friends and compliments previously announced features such as being able to see when your Facebook friends are online, read their status updates and IM them all from Skype. Apart from video calling, Skype is also bringing screen sharing feature to its premium customers on Windows platform. More on this here. ...

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Microsoft introduced the Surface 2.0 for the first time at this year’s CES. The system was completely redesigned and built in partnership with Samsung. Surface 2.0 won the Best of What’s New 2011 award at Popular Science. From Pop Sci, The 40-inch SUR40, co-created by Samsung and Microsoft, is a thin tabletop computer that sees and responds to whatever is placed on it. Each of the table’s LCD pixels emits an infrared beam that reflects off an object back to a sensor. The processor synthesizes the sensor data to create an eight-bit image from which it can pick out shapes and large text, such as product names and numbers. Once the object is identified, the table displays related YouTube videos and other product information. Right now most apps are on the simpler side, but developers are free to program custom games and more, depending on what bar or store the ...

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Today Microsoft announced that it now has over 22 million Live@Edu users. Live@Edu is the Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity Service For Education that competes with Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education now has over 14 million users which puts Live@Edu in the top spot. Today, I’m pleased to announce that more than 22 million people now use Live@edu, representing a 100 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than 27,000 new people signing up every day, making Live@edu the most widely used cloud productivity service for education. New schools using Live@edu include: U.S. institutions such as Southern State Community College in Ohio, New Mexico State, Florida State, University of Colorado at Boulder; Kings College London and Royal National College for the Blind, located in the United Kingdom; the Bahrain Ministry of Education and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education in the Middle East. Microsoft is replacing the Live@Edu service with ...

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HP today announced three new laptops in its Envy line. ENVY 15, ENVY 17 and ENVY 17 3D all featuring latest Intel processors with AMD graphics, HD Radiance display, Beats Audio, USB 3.0 ports, Blu-ray disk player, Radiance backlit keyboard and much more. The price of the line up starts from $1099. The even announced a Business Ultrabook model. You can look at it here. It seems like HP is back in the PC game ! ! via: Engadget Press Release: HP Debuts New ENVY Notebook PCs PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 – HP today introduced redesigned HP ENVY notebooks PCs that exude power, performance, advanced technologies and precision craftsmanship. - The new HP ENVY 15 and HP ENVY 17 deliver blistering performance and optimal sound experience in a timeless design that includes an all-metal chassis with rounded edges in a classic black and silver finish, accented by subtle ...

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After the series of rumors about Xbox 720 codenamed ‘Loop’ that it will be announced at CES 2012, Halo series director Frank O’Connor has dismissed all the speculations that the next version of Halo will be released on Xbox 360. “Halo 4 will be on Xbox 360 and use a modified core of the Halo engine(s). Not really a singular engine since it goes through fairly radical evolutions all the time,” Xbox ‘Loop’/720 was rumored to feature six-core CPU and dual-GPU hardware setup. You can read about the hardware specs and CES 2012 launch date speculations here. After Frank’s above comment on online forums, many started speculating that “just because it’ll be on the 360 doesn’t mean it won’t be on the 720″ .. Whatever, I want to see Xbox 720 ASAP ! ! ! via: IBTimes   ...

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After a long time, Microsoft Flight game team have made some communication with the public. Its roughly about 2 years I guess since we first heard that Microsoft is going to make online version of Flight simulator called Microsoft Flight. Today the team posted the following message in their blog, Amongst the most popular questions the Flight team has been asked via e-mails to msflight@microsoft.com are those about the release date and game performance. While we aren’t quite ready to talk about a release date, we did want to share a bit about our approach towards performance and hardware. Performance optimization has been a core focus of our development from an early stage. To achieve this, we constantly monitored game performance metrics across a range of hardware configurations and reacted each time we saw a new feature or code change that caused a dip below the established thresholds. The end result is ...

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MSN UK yesterday revealed its upcoming redesign of its homepage. The current blue themed homepage will be replaced by a white spread clean desgin. You can take a look at it above. As they say, “Overall, this is about clearer navigation, bolder promotion of our best content, a commitment to real-time coverage, and prominent positions for our key channels further down the page.”. Those who have visited MSN US in the recent time will come to know that both of these sites look similar ! ! You can find more details on redesign here. ...

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