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Gears of War Microsoft buy gets original creator blessing

Gears of War Microsoft buy gets original creator blessing

Today Microsoft announced that they'd be buying the Gears of War franchise, moving it to their own developer studios for further work on their own platforms from here on out. Lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, of the first three titles in the franchise, spoke up this afternoon on his experience with this purchase, made all the more interesting due to the fact that he hasn't worked with the games since the release of Gears of War 3.

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Microsoft Studios acquires “Gears of War” franchise, shuttles development to Black Tusk Studios

Microsoft Studios acquires “Gears of War” franchise, shuttles development to Black Tusk Studios

Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, the company announced today on Xbox Wire. With the acquisition will come a new development location for the games -- Black Tusk Studios located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Additionally, Epic Games' Director of Production Rod Fergusson will be joining Microsoft with an unspecified "leadership" role at Black Tusk Studios.

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Surface sales leap up as Microsoft reports record revenue for financial Q2

Surface sales leap up as Microsoft reports record revenue for financial Q2

Microsoft appears to be having a good quarter, as they've announced their financial second quarter (ending on December 31st, 2013), has resulted in record revenue. This revenue high-mark sits at $24.52 billion USD and represents double-digit growth in each of the following segments: commercial, devices, and consumer. Microsoft also seems to have found the correct combination of quality and public push for the Surface tablet lineup, as revenues from this set of devices doubled compared to the quarter leading up to this one.

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Microsoft to let foreign customers store data on non-US servers following NSA debacle

Microsoft to let foreign customers store data on non-US servers following NSA debacle

Microsoft has made a decision that runs afoul of many tech companies' sensibilities -- allowing foreign customers to have their data stored on non-US servers. Such a decision was prompted by the NSA hoopla over the past months and concerns about customers' privacy. Spying revelations caused a backlash across the globe, and tech companies became the focus of much of that ire, spurring actions such as this.

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Microsoft pays Machinima video partners to mention Xbox One on YouTube

Microsoft pays Machinima video partners to mention Xbox One on YouTube

It can be hard to tell at times when the videos you are watching on YouTube are legitimate content created because someone likes what they are showing off or when they are paid to produce the content. That line between paid content and normal content is a bit murkier on YouTube thanks to a marketing campaign that has surfaced from Microsoft. The campaign paid YouTube video partners to produce video content mentioning the Xbox One.

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Microsoft fixes Surface Pro 2 battery goof with new firmware

Microsoft fixes Surface Pro 2 battery goof with new firmware

Microsoft has released its second attempt at a firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 tablet, after a December upgrade left some users with reduced battery life and a Windows 8 slate that would unexpectedly go in and out of sleep mode. The new firmware release is only of use for those Surface Pro 2 owners who managed to install the December 10th update before Microsoft pulled it following complaints.

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Microsoft: We welcome Google contact lenses (& yes, we did them first)

Microsoft: We welcome Google contact lenses (& yes, we did them first)

Microsoft has weighed in on Google's plans to commercialize contact lenses that track blood sugar levels, after comparisons were drawn between them and a previous Microsoft Research project on something notably similar. The two schemes are indeed connected, Microsoft Research's Desney Tan said today, pointing out that the late 2011 project he led on glucose-sensing lenses with integrated displays was done in collaboration with Babak Parviz and Brian Otis who are at running Google's scheme. However, rather than being frustrated, Tan says he welcomes the development.

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Microsoft and GoDaddy partner up to offer Office 365 small business exclusive

Microsoft and GoDaddy partner up to offer Office 365 small business exclusive

Microsoft and GoDaddy have teamed up to bring Office 365 as the latter company's exclusive business-class productivity and email service. This will open up Office 365's exposure to more small businesses, and is part of what Microsoft says is a "long-term strategic service". For now, Office 365 via GoDaddy is only available in the United States and Canada, but will be rolling out to other customers across the globe in the next three months.

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Microsoft’s blog and Twitter accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Microsoft’s blog and Twitter accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Over the weekend, Microsoft's official blog and a couple of its Twitter accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, a breach that followed the New Year's infiltration of Microsoft's Skype blog and social accounts. In addition to the company's official blog, the Microsoft News (@MSFTNews) and Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) on Twitter were also breached, all of them used in the same slightly-strange manner as the SEA's previous exploits.

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