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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 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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Jim DuBois named Microsoft corporate vice president and CIO

Jim DuBois named Microsoft corporate vice president and CIO

Microsoft has announced today that Jim DuBois, a company faithful, has been appointed the new chief information officer, as well as corporate vice president. Under the new CIO position, DuBois will be responsible for "delivering a broad range of IT initiatives" to the company's customers base and employees. This isn't a new task for DuBois, who has been the interim CIO at Microsoft for the past half year.

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Former Microsoft exec charged with insider trading

Former Microsoft exec charged with insider trading

A former Microsoft senior manager has been charged with insider trading by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, passing confidential financial results information to a partner who then traded on the stock exchange and shared the ill-gotten gains. Brian Jorgenson, who worked in Microsoft's corporate finance and investments division, and friend Sean T. Stokke made $393,125 in total through the scheme, the SEC says; meanwhile, a parallel criminal action by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington has also been announced.

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