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Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs In Coming Months

Now that Microsoft is taking over Nokia’s device business, there are apparently a lot of people doing similar jobs. And so the company announced this morning that it plans to shed 18,000 jobs — about 14% of its total workforce — in the next 12 months. [More]

Microsoft, Google To Introduce “Kill-Switch” Function As Report Shows The Deterrent Cuts Thefts

Microsoft, Google To Introduce “Kill-Switch” Function As Report Shows The Deterrent Cuts Thefts

Smartphone manufacturers appear to be taking consumers’ and legislators’ demand for anti-theft measures to heart. Just a month after Minnesota became the first state to pass a law requiring manufacturers to create kill switches Microsoft and Google announced that they would introduce the theft deterrent technologies into their products. And that’s a good thing considering a new report highlights just how effective kill switches have been reducing the theft of technology. [More]

The Aaron Paul Xbox One Ad Will Mess With Your Xbox One

The Aaron Paul Xbox One Ad Will Mess With Your Xbox One

For months, Microsoft has been airing ads with people hollering “Xbox On” and “Xbox Do This Thing That Doesn’t Really Work The Way You Show It In The Ad” but those ads were somehow not triggering users’ Xbox Ones to respond. That is until the new ads featuring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul started running. [More]

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It’s Time To Start Treating Video Game Industry Like The $21 Billion Business It Is

The majority of video games in the U.S. are purchased and played by adults. The largest titles make money that Hollywood films could only dream of raking in, and the biggest players in the industry run multibillion-dollar multinational operations that employ thousands of people. Yet many consumers still think of gaming as a kid’s thing that doesn’t merit serious consideration or scrutiny. In an age where our culture recognizes previously sniffed-about industries like professional sports as much more than child’s play, it’s time to get over that same hump about video games. [More]

Father-Daughter Burglary Spree Ends After She Posts Doctored Microsoft Employee Badge On Facebook

Father-Daughter Burglary Spree Ends After She Posts Doctored Microsoft Employee Badge On Facebook

I’ve never had a daughter, and I didn’t really have much of a dad. Most of what I know about father-daughter relationships comes from watching Paper Moon. I have a feeling that last part might also be true of a dad-daughter pair in Washington state caught stealing more than $40,000 worth of stuff from the Microsoft store on the company’s main campus. [More]

Microsoft Also Ditching Mandatory Kinect Purchase For Xbox One

Microsoft Also Ditching Mandatory Kinect Purchase For Xbox One

The Xbox-related news is pouring out today. First came the report that Xbox Live members may no longer need to upgrade to Gold subscriptions just to watch streaming videos. Now comes the announcement that the motion and voice-sensing Kinect is not so vital to the Xbox One as Microsoft had originally envisioned. [More]

Microsoft May No Longer Require Xbox Users To Pay Extra For Access To Streaming Video

Microsoft May No Longer Require Xbox Users To Pay Extra For Access To Streaming Video

UPDATE: Microsoft has confirmed this report and additionally announced that it will soon begin selling a Kinect-free version of the Xbox One for $100 less than the current sticker price of $499. [More]

Microsoft Finally Releases Security Update For Internet Explorer; XP Users Not Left Out

Microsoft Finally Releases Security Update For Internet Explorer; XP Users Not Left Out

After nearly a week, Microsoft has begun releasing a security update intended to patch a security flaw in Internet Explorer that could give hackers access to a user’s computer. [More]

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Microsoft Has Yet To Issue A Fix For Major Internet Explorer Security Flaw

UPDATE: Microsoft began rolling out an updated intended to patch this problem on Thursday morning. [More]

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Microsoft: Internet Explorer Security Flaw Responsible For “Limited, Targeted Attacks”

Another day, another computer security problem that could be opening up people to hack attacks: Microsoft says there’s a security hole in versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer, the default browser for many a PC user. And hey, remember when you were warned to stop running Windows XP? This is why. [More]

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Microsoft Sends E-mail To Make Sure You Don’t Want E-mail From Microsoft

You don’t get it, Microsoft. Your customers tried to be nice about it: they don’t want to get e-mail from you. They unsubscribed from all of your news and webcast announcements. They don’t want to hear about your product trials. They don’t want to get e-mail from you. So what did you do? You e-mailed them to find out whether they’ve maybe changed their minds. [More]

‘Scroogled’: Microsoft’s Junior High Attempt To Shame Google Comes To An End

‘Scroogled’: Microsoft’s Junior High Attempt To Shame Google Comes To An End

Is Microsoft ready to take our advice and devote its resources to developing great products consumer will benefit from? It’s possible, but we aren’t psychics so the future remains a mystery. Nevertheless, now that the company has all but put the kibosh on their cringe-worthy competitor-bashing campaign, they have one less production distraction. [More]

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Reminder: If You’re Still Running Windows XP, Microsoft Is No Longer Providing Support

If you’re reading this on a computer running Windows XP, you’re either the overconfident sort that thinks you’ll never get hacked or you’ve forgotten that today is the day Microsoft is dropping its support for the product. In either case, it’s time to upgrade or face security risks you don’t need to be taking. [More]

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Microsoft Thanks 5-Year-Old Who Found A Hole In Xbox’s Password Security System

Because nothing in life is perfect (besides the cool blue gaze of the divine Aaron Rodgers, natch), when there’s a security problem with a technological product, companies are usually pretty grateful to have it brought to their attention before too much damage can be done. Which is why Microsoft is currently offering a hearty “thanks!” to a five-year-old boy. [More]

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Police: Microsoft Worker Took Dozens Of Upskirt Videos Of Fellow Employees

Back in the days of yore, say 1992, if someone wanted to film up a lady’s skirt, it’d be impossible to do without detection, given the bulky video camera and all. But one of the downsides of today’s technology is that peeping toms can peep a lot easier just by angling a tiny camera just so at just the right time. One Microsoft worker is accused of doing that dozens of times to his fellow employees. [More]

Obnoxious Xbox One Users To Start Being Warned About Being Doofuses

Obnoxious Xbox One Users To Start Being Warned About Being Doofuses

While there are millions of video game players who are perfectly nice people, there are enough jerks out there to give the gaming community a bad name, so much so that some folks refuse to play multiplayer games just to avoid dealing with the schoolyard bullying that can sometimes come over the Internet. Last year, Microsoft promised that its new Xbox One console would have a way to minimize jerks’ access to online gaming, and the company says it is now ready to start issuing warnings to users who behave badly. [More]

Have Fun Breaking Down This Year’s Worst Company In America Bracket

Have Fun Breaking Down This Year’s Worst Company In America Bracket


The above bracket will be updated at the end of each day of WCIA competition to reflect that day’s results.
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After going through all of your nominations, then having y’all rank the contenders and eliminate the chaff from the wheat, we’re proud to present the first round match-ups for this year’s Worst Company in America tournament! [More]

Here Are Your Worst Company Contenders For 2014 — Help Us Seed The Brackets!

Here Are Your Worst Company Contenders For 2014 — Help Us Seed The Brackets!

After sorting through a mountain of nomination e-mails, we’ve whittled down the field of competitors for this year’s Worst Company In America tournament to 40 bad businesses. Here’s your chance to have your say on how these players will square off in the bracket, and which bubble teams will get left out in the cold. [More]