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Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

You might not have noticed since it was Friday afternoon immediately after a holiday when most people are still on vacation into the weekend, but both Bing and Yahoo search engines went down for a few hours. The good news is that the downtime didn't last long, and wasn't the result of some nefarious hackers' campaign to disrupt our lives. It was actually just an accident caused by a bad update from Microsoft to the Bing engine, and since Yahoo's search is powered by Bing, it was interesting example of the domino effect among internet giants.

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Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

This week the founder of Xbox Live and XNA has announced that he's leaving Microsoft. This will end Boyd Multerer's 18-year run with the company, and begins "something new" for the developer and gaming leader. This departure has nothing to do with the recent DDOS attack during the holiday break. Multerer is "super proud" of his work with Xbox, Live, and XNA, and will likely move on to another gaming-related piece of work in the near future. Code-related, he says in a Tweet.

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Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Internet Explorer is hardly the most loved of browsers, and Microsoft is reportedly planning a drastic fix with a new browser codenamed Spartan tipped to launch alongside Windows 10. Intended to be more lightweight and flexible - borrowing a look and feel more akin to Google's Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox - than previous Microsoft web browsers, Spartan would stick with Microsoft's existing engine technologies under the hood, but wrap them up in such a way that the company's engineers hope users forget whatever bad experiences they may have had with legacy software such as IE6.

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Marriott wifi blocking plan gains opposition from Google, Microsoft

Marriott wifi blocking plan gains opposition from Google, Microsoft

If you're like many of us, a trip to the hotel usually means eschewing the available WiFi in favor of setting up your own hotspot. The reasons for this are numerous: speeds are usually better, you don't like the risks of hotel WiFi, and you can side-step any fees the hotel might require. Marriott was recently fined $600,000 for jamming guests' hotspots at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, and around the same time it had petitioned for the right to continue blocking guest hotspots, citing security reasons.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 site aimed at MacBook converts

New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 site aimed at MacBook converts

The Surface Pro 3 is a neat concept. Can you really replace a laptop computer with a tablet? The crew at Microsoft hopes you’ll at least try, with their increasing media campaign against the MacBook Air serving as proof of their concept. A new site, dedicated to users who want to ‘make the switch’, went live over the weekend. A thorough imagining of what it’s like to go from a MacBook to a surface is covered, including basics about the operating system(s) and best practices for switching over.

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Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Windows Phone users addicted to ephemeral messaging service Snapchat have found themselves without a way to access their self-destructing photos, with Microsoft yanking all third-party apps offering the system. The news leaves Snapchat completely absent from Windows Phone, since Snapchat itself still lacks a homegrown client. The writing was on the wall for workarounds like 6snap, however, after Snapchat had asked users not to use third-party clients over security concerns, following a spate of photo and data leaks blamed on unofficial apps.

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Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Microsoft’s Titanfall exclusive was a single-game deal

Titanfall's sequel looks unlikely to be a Microsoft exclusive, with Respawn Entertainment chief Vince Zampella confirming that the studio's deal over the AAA title was for the first installment alone. Details on "Titanfall 2" are, unsurprisingly, scant at this stage, but according to Zampella the collaboration with Microsoft - which proved so valuable in leveraging the server-side processing of the Xbox One Live Cloud, among other things - doesn't mean the new game will be Xbox One and PC-only. Meanwhile, he poured cold water on rumors that the next Titanfall might be free-to-play.

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Microsoft MixRadio sold to LINE

Microsoft MixRadio sold to LINE

Microsoft is selling MixRadio to LINE, washing its hands of the personalized streaming music service that started life as Nokia Radio. MixRadio, which builds custom playlists as well as offering pre-organized, themed playlists constructed by music industry insiders, was originally part of Nokia's exclusive multimedia offering for its Lumia Windows Phones; it was renamed back in late 2013, ahead of Microsoft taking the reins. Plans had already been vaunted for an expansion of the app beyond just Microsoft's own smartphone OS, and now LINE says it intends to continue that process.

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Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Given the amount of flack Microsoft has been receiving lately, it's is almost a surprise, pleasant or otherwise, that it would come up with small but priceless pieces of gold in unexpected corners. One of those was Xim, a super easy photo sharing app that Microsoft launched just over two months ago. Now at version 1.3, Xim is getting bigger, almost literally. Not only is it available on all major mobile platforms, it can now stream photos to Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, and Apple TVs as well.

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Microsoft said to be working on “Arcadia” game , app streaming

Microsoft said to be working on “Arcadia” game , app streaming

Prophesied by pundits long ago, game streaming, and consequently game rentals, might be the way we consume and play interactive entertainment in the future. Sony is already doing it with PlayStation Now. NVIDIA has just jumped in with GRID. And now it seems that Microsoft is actively developing something similar, codenamed "Arcadia". That said, this streaming technology might go beyond simply streaming games and could be Microsoft's way to keep Android users from completely ignoring its Windows operating system.

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