Can Bill Gates Vaccinate the World?

How the Microsoft founder is changing the way the world is vaccinated and, potentially, the course of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill, #kulish-nicholas, #medicine-and-health, #microsoft-corp, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #twohey-megan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Key senators and corporate executives warned at a hearing on Tuesday that the “scope and scale” of the hacking of government agencies and companies, the most sophisticated in history, were still unclear.

#amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fireeye-inc, #microsoft-corp, #russia, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #solarwinds, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Companies Say They Care About the Climate. Their Actions Fall Short.

Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #blackrock-inc, #boards-of-directors, #brazil, #carbon-dioxide, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cargill-inc, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #institutional-shareholder-services-inc, #levi-straussco, #microsoft-corp, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

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Book Review: ‘How to Avoid a Climate Change Disaster,’ by Bill Gates

In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” the billionaire Microsoft founder lays out his concerns for the earth and some concrete ideas for the future.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #books-and-literature, #gates-bill, #global-warming, #how-to-avoid-a-climate-disaster-the-solutions-we-have-and-the-breakthroughs-we-need-book, #microsoft-corp, #solar-energy

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Still Looking for a New Gaming Console? Here’s Why

A month after the holiday season, gamers are still contending with scalpers, bots and immense demand as they hunt for elusive devices.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-video-game-system, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Help With Vaccination Push Comes From Unexpected Businesses

Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon are among the companies offering the government assistance with logistics and operations.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inslee-jay, #microsoft-corp, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #starbucks-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

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Russian-Owned Software Company May Be Entry Point for Huge U.S. Hacking

Russian hackers may have piggybacked on a tool developed by JetBrains, which is based in the Czech Republic, to gain access to federal government and private sector systems in the United States.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #google-inc, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #russia, #solarwinds, #vmware-inc

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As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm

Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems.

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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

The hackers gained more access than the company previously revealed, though the attackers were unable to modify code or access emails.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Russia Used Microsoft Resellers in Hacking

Evidence from the security firm CrowdStrike suggests that companies that sell software on behalf of Microsoft were used to break into Microsoft’s Office 365 customers.

#cloud-computing, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdstrike-inc, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #microsoft-corp, #russia, #software, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Cyberpunk 2077 Was Supposed to Be the Biggest Video Game of the Year. What Happened?

Nearly a decade of hype led to a troubled release riddled with glitches, a livid fan base, refunds for potentially millions of players and a possible class-action lawsuit.

#cd-projekt-sa, #computer-and-video-games, #cyberpunk-2077-video-game, #microsoft-corp, #sony-corporation, #your-feed-internet-culture, #your-feed-longreads

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More Hacking Attacks Found

The warning, from the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm, indicated that hackers had found another line of attack to enter systems used by the government and Fortune 500 companies.

#commerce-department, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #homeland-security-department, #microsoft-corp, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #trump-donald-j

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Google Dominates Thanks to an Unrivaled View of the Web

As regulators seek ways to curb the company’s power, there is more focus on the vast index — hundreds of billion of web pages — behind its search engine.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #duckduckgo, #google-inc, #indexers-and-indexing, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

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Yes, Facebook Has Become a Menace

It’s not too late for the government to take back power from Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #microsoft-corp, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Melinda Gates Interview: Coronavirus, Masks and Inequality

One of the richest women in the world devoted decades to preparing for a pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-melinda, #high-net-worth-individuals, #microsoft-corp, #philanthropy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Marc Benioff Sets His Sights on Microsoft

The Salesforce C.E.O.’s planned acquisition of Slack will have him competing directly with the Goliath that is Microsoft.

#benioff-marc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #salesforce-com-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #slack-technologies-inc, #social-media, #software

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The Best Video Games to Get Lost In This Holiday Season

A ninth-century Viking adventure, a game about robots that literally feels good to play and an escape from hell: Here is what’s new across gaming systems to satisfy players of all stripes.

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New PlayStation and Xbox Arrive During a Pandemic Gold Rush

The video game industry has notched record spending and profit in 2020, but to sustain its growth, it must prepare to compete with the return of concerts, movie theaters and live sports.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-video-game-system, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sony-corporation, #take-two-interactive-software-inc, #twitch-interactive-inc, #xbox-video-game-system

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PlayStation 5: The Next Step in Sony’s Rebound

The gaming console, coming out in its latest version on Thursday, has become the Japanese giant’s centerpiece product.

#company-reports, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #electronics, #hirai-kazuo, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system, #yoshida-kenichiro

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New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus

The test detects the response of T cells to the virus — an arm of the immune system that may be just as important as antibodies to preventing reinfection.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #immune-system, #interferon-protein, #microsoft-corp, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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PlayStation 5 Review: Sony’s New Console Is an Entertaining Behemoth

With a winning combination of solid hardware and software, Sony’s new console makes us excited about the next generation of gaming.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Xbox Series X and S Review: Microsoft’s New Consoles Are a Good Value. Is That Enough?

Nice hardware? Check. Fair price? Check. Cool, exclusive games? T.B.D.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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How to Take On the Tech Barons

Something has to be done about the technology sector. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-communications-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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‘Perception Hacks’ and Other Potential Threats to the Election

In the final days of voting, election officials and cybersecurity experts are keeping a close eye on a range of possible ways foreign governments and other hackers could interfere.

#absentee-voting, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #elections, #federal-security-service, #homeland-security-department, #microsoft-corp, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet

In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #google-inc, #iphone, #jobs-steven-p, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #schmidt-eric-e, #search-engines, #smartphones, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New Regulator Is Needed.

Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #furman-jason, #google-inc, #justice-department, #melamed-a-douglas, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #united-states-economy

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As Election Nears, Government and Tech Firms Push Back on Russia (and Trump)

The goal is to disrupt Russia’s well-honed information-warfare systems, whether they are poised to hack election systems or influence the minds of voters.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #gru-russia, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-cyber-command, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Google Up Against Laws That Thwarted Microsoft (and Others Since 1890)

The Justice Department’s antitrust case points to restrictive contracts, a focus that a professor said “is as old as the Sherman Act.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #hemphill-scott, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #microsoft-corp, #search-engines, #software, #wu-timothy

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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #elections, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #russia, #united-states-cyber-command, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Stars of Black LinkedIn Have Had It With Corporate Racism

The tamest social network has become a thriving outlet for Black users to call out marginalization in the workplace — and on LinkedIn itself.

#black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #linkedin-corporation, #microsoft-corp, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #workplace-environment

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House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’

In a report led by Democrats, lawmakers said Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook needed to be checked and recommended reforming antitrust laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Microsoft Acquires Video Game Company ZeniMax in $7.5 Billion Deal

The company’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media puts it in a strong position against Sony just weeks before the release of their next generation of gaming consoles.

#computer-and-video-games, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #software, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China Strategy

Technological progress has outpaced the political debate again. What will happen when the next TikTok arrives in the United States?

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Trump Approves Deal Between Oracle and TikTok

The approval delays President Trump’s threat to block a popular Chinese-owned social media app from the United States until it receives investment from American partners.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bill Gates Sr., Who Guided Billionaire Son’s Philanthropy, Dies at 94

He channeled support for campaigns to eradicate polio, reduce infant mortality, build schools and help find an AIDS vaccine — among other causes.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #deaths-obituaries, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #gates-bill-sr, #gates-melinda, #legal-profession, #microsoft-corp, #philanthropy

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Coming This Fall: Return of the Video Game Console Wars

Gamers are awaiting Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, though supply might be limited because of the pandemic.

#cloud-computing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #google-stadia, #microsoft-corp, #nintendo-co-ltd, #playstation-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

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Microsoft Says Its Bid for TikTok Was Rejected in U.S.-China Standoff

The move leaves Oracle as the sole known remaining bidder, as the clock ticks down on President Trump’s executive order to block the app.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #oracle-corporation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Democrats and Republicans

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly aiming at Biden campaign officials.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials of Both Parties

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly targeting Biden campaign officials.

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Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft for Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon, a rival for the $10 billion contract, has complained that President Trump interfered in the process.

#amazon-com-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #enterprise-computing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #microsoft-corp, #trump-donald-j

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Wall Street Has Its Worst Day in Months

The S&P 500 dropped 3.5 percent on Thursday, the biggest single-day fall since June 11, as big tech companies weighed on it heavily.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #nasdaq-composite-index, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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TikTok Deal Is Complicated by New Rules From China Over Tech Exports

In an 11th-hour twist, Beijing raised a potential hurdle for a sale of TikTok, further roiling the race to buy the Chinese-owned app.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #international-trade-and-world-market, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #oracle-corporation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #smith-bradford-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Walmart Joining Microsoft in TikTok Bid

The retail giant said it was teaming up with Microsoft, which has been negotiating for weeks to buy the popular Chinese-owned video app.

#computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walmart-stores-inc, #zhang-yiming-1983

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Natural History Museum Union Files Complaint Over Coronavirus App

The app would have asked employees to report if they had a fever and any new symptoms each day. Some see it as an invasion of privacy.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #district-council-37, #federal-labor-relations-authority, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #museums, #organized-labor, #privacy, #protectwell, #unitedhealth-group-inc

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How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into a Soap Opera

Neither side wanted a big deal. But what began as talks about a small investment ballooned with interventions from President Trump.

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Apple Is Worth $2 Trillion, Punctuating Big Tech’s Grip

Apple is the first U.S. company to reach $2 trillion in value, capping a staggering ascent that began in the pandemic.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #iphone, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #stock-buybacks, #stocks-and-bonds

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Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

As the economy contracts and many companies struggle to survive, the biggest tech companies are amassing wealth and influence in ways unseen in decades.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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Yes, We Are Living in a Computer Simulation

Microsoft’s latest version of Flight Simulator is so realistic that it suggests a new way of understanding the digital world.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #software

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