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Suril is a scientist, journalist and obsessive Microsoft observer. He holds an advanced degree in Biotechnology with minors in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. Send him tips on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/surilamin

Given some of Marrissa Mayers recent comments about the Yahoo/Bing search alliance, you may have believed that the money Yahoo was receiving from Microsoft amounted to a rounding error on the accountant’s spreadsheet.  But perception does not appear to be in line with reality as it was revealed today that the revenue from Microsoft accounted for nearly 1/3 of Yahoo’s revenue last quarter! I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that is much more than anyone expected.  Yahoo reported that it had $1.139 billion in revenue last quarter (GAAP), which means Microsoft gave Yahoo around $353 million as part of the search alliance. Yahoo agreed to disclose more details on its revenue tied to search and display advertising after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent letters to the company asking for clarification.  The company outlined the portion of revenue it gets from a search agreement with ...

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Microsoft has released an update for the Xbox One.  The update process works a little differently than on the Xbox 360. A. If you are using the Xbox One “Instant On” your console automatically checks for updates when it you turn it off. Once the update is found the following will happen: The console will automatically download the update after it is turned off. Once the update has been downloaded in the background, the console will power completely down. Please note: It will be necessary to manually power the console back on after the update has been downloaded. Because the update will power your console completely down, the “Xbox On” voice command won’t be available until after the update is fully installed. When the console is turned on, the user will see the update being applied. After that, the Xbox One will reboot. The update is installing when the user sees ...

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Microsoft is still remaining quiet on Xbox One sales, however, numbers released from NPD show the Xbox One winning the first sales round in Australia. In fact Microsoft’s Xbox One has been crowned the fastest-selling video game console to date in Australia, as its key rival, Sony, struggled to fulfil pre-orders for the PlayStation 4. Market research firm NPD Group said a total of 65,917 Xbox One consoles were sold in its first three days on sale in Australia, more than doubling the ­previous launch record for the ­Nintendo Wii in 2006, and beating out previous records for number of consoles sold in a week. Australia was among the 13 launch countries for the Xbox One.  Sony launched the PS4 a week after the Xbox One’s availability in Australia.  The Japanese entertainment giant said 700,000 units had been sold in Europe and Australia.  The company would not break out local sales, but industry ...

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Each day from Monday, December 9, until Friday, December 20, Microsoft’s gift exchange page will offer you a chance to win a surprise holiday present. After the gift pops up, Microsoft gives you the option to exchange it for something else. The grand prize of an online gift code worth $500 will end up in the stockings of 12 lucky winners.  To qualify, just fill out the form with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and zip code. Remember to check the box to certify that you’re a US resident. A mystery gift then appears, which you can keep or swap for something else.  Once you pick you will most likely you will get a message that says: “Bah Humbug. Sorry, you didn’t win this time but you can still take advantage of our great holiday deals going on now. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and try you luck again.” Enter to win: Microsoft’s ...

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The NSA is not the only entity that is bringing competitive tech giants together. (See: Microsoft Joins Facebook, Google And Others Calling For Reforms Of Government Surveillance) From Microsoft and Google to Twitter and Facebook, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge’s decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager. In court briefs recently filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, the Internet giants warn that if upheld, the northern Kentucky judge’s ruling to let the former cheerleader’s lawsuit proceed has the potential to “significantly chill online speech” and undermine a law passed by Congress in 1996 that provides broad immunity to websites. “If websites are subject to liability for failing to remove third-party content whenever someone objects, they will be subject to the ‘heckler’s veto,’ giving anyone ...

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As winter -storms hit across the United States I’m sure many are thinking of warmer places they would rather be at.  We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.   When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most searched travel destinations: USA’s most searched destinations of 2013 Hawaii captured the heart of Americans this year, even topping searches for mainland USA destinations. London ruled the pack among European destinations, holding onto its #1 spot for the second year in a row. Hawaii Bahamas (pictured) London ...

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We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.  In this post we will look at the most searched electronic devices in the US, UK, and Canada.  When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular electronic devices by country. Most Searched Entertainment Electronics US With the upcoming launch of Xbox One, Xbox came in as the most searched entertainment electronic over iPhone #2 and Android #3. 1 Xbox 2 iPhone 3 Android 4 iPad 5 Windows Phone 6 Surface 7 Playstation 8 Nintendo ...

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The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit today announced it has successfully disrupted a rampant botnet in collaboration with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and leaders in the technology industry, including A10 Networks Inc. The Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, is responsible for infecting more than 2 million computers, specifically targeting search results on Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines, and is estimated to cost online advertisers $2.7 million each month.  Today’s action is expected to significantly disrupt the botnet’s operation, increasing the cost and risk for cybercriminals to continue doing business and preventing victims’ computers from committing fraudulent schemes. This is Microsoft’s first botnet action since the Nov. 14 unveiling of its new Cybercrime Center — a center of excellence for advancing the global fight against cybercrime — and marks the company’s eighth botnet operation in the past three years. Similar to Microsoft’s Citadel ...

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Seattle native Pamela Woon is a favorite of ours here at Microsoft-News.  In her continuing series “On the Whiteboard,” she talks to the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit who fights organized crime on the Internet. This latest criminal botnet operation is captured on film in real-time. Together with the FBI, Europol, and tech leaders like A10 Networks, they are working to disrupt click fraud and search hijacking that affects millions of people without their knowledge. ...

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Less than two years after opening a game design studio in downtown Victoria, Canada. This was an initiative led personally by Don Mattrick who had previously lived in Victoria, Canada.  Microsoft has closed its doors, leaving at least 30 people out of work.The Redmond based software giant said it was part of a plan to consolidate its resources. “This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios,” the company said. “We are working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in other studios, and we remain committed to doing business in British Columbia.” “It was great to have a large, well-known brand like Microsoft come to town and we’re sorry to see them go, but in the end it wasn’t a giant studio,” said Dan Gunn, executive director of the Victoria Advanced Technology Council. “Fortunately, we have seen ...

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You may recall Ben Rudolph from the “Smoked By Windows Phone” campaign.  Microsoft has dispatched him again, this time to talk to people on the street about Chromebooks.  Rudolph compares the Chromebook to a similarly priced Asus Transformer Book T100 running Windows 8.  I am really enjoying Microsoft being more aggressive against Google. My favorite part is at ~0:40 seconds in :p ...

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Microsoft is embarking on a new promotion called the “12 Days of Deals,” in which it will have a crazy deal for each of the next 12 days.  The first deal, which starts this Monday, will be the Dell Venue Pro for only $99!   However, that deal will be only for the first 20 customers that physically go to the Microsoft Store.  For everyone else, Microsoft is offering the Dell tablet for $199, still a $100 savings off the full retail price. I’m looking forward to seeing the next 11 deals.  Will you be picking up a Dell? Let us know in the comments below. Source: Microsoft ...

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In September we covered a report by Kara Swisher in which she got a statement out of Alan Mulally about becoming Microsoft’s next CEO: “I continue to be focused on serving Ford … and I have my red Ford vest on right now!!” Here is a report from this blog on October 3, 2013: Ford CEO Alan Mulally Sidesteps Questions About Becoming Microsoft’s Next CEO, in there Alan Mulally talks to USA Today and explicitly states: “I love serving Ford and have nothing new to add to (my) plans to continue serving Ford,” Alan Mulally Here is a statement from Ford yesterday, as they were surrounded by press because the company was unveiling the 2014 Mustang: This is completely consistent with what we’ve been publicly saying for the past 13 months,” said Jay Cooney, a Ford spokesman. “Alan Mulally’s plan is to stay on through the end of 2014.” Now ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular movies by country.  These movies are not that great, I keep an independent analysis of movies so I’ll provide a rank and percentage rating for select movies.  For example (#1, 100%). USA’s most searched movies of 2013 Where Hollywood leads, the rest of the world follows. The top movies in the US unsurprisingly appear in most of the top tens around the world. Iron Man 3 (#32, 75%) Fast and Furious 6 (#29, 76.75%) Despicable Me 2 (#30, 76%) The Conjuring (#22, 80%) The ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular songs by country. Our condolences from Microsoft-News to those of you mourning Nelson Mandela, may music set your soul free. USA’s most searched songs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also scored number one position in the USA with their hit Thrift Shop. 1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop 2. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines 3.  Rihanna – Stay 4.  Imagine Dragons – Radioactive 5.  Jason Derulo – The Other Side 6.  Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man 7.  Justin Timberlake – ...

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