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Microsoft Ventures founder exits, forms gaming group: Unikrn

Microsoft Ventures founder exits, forms gaming group: Unikrn

We've spoken about Rahul Sood before. He joined Microsoft back in 2010, making it official in 2011. Back then this man was asked, as he puts it, "to join Microsoft with the mission to create or be part of something amazing." He did that, it's done, and he's leaving the company now a little under four years later. And what'll have left behind at Microsoft? A massive undertaking - something that wasn't there before he arrived. Now he heads to a whole new company entirely.

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Amazon’s new diversity report tells a familiar tale

Amazon’s new diversity report tells a familiar tale

We've seen many diversity reports this year, and they all have one thing in common: a relative lack of diversity. Amazon has joined Facebook, Twitter, Google and others by posting its own numbers, and in them we see that same familiar tale comprised of people who are mostly white and mostly male. The company revealed its workforce statistics in a total of four categories, both for the overall company and for its managers when it comes to gender, and the same narrowed down to just those in the US when it comes to race.

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Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

How do you beat the competition in the gaming console business? If you're Microsoft and you've got an Xbox One, the most recent and best answer you might have is cutting costs. They've currently got a holiday sale on their Kinect-less Xbox One, knocking the price down by $50. With an Xbox One Slim on the books, they may very well be able to knock it all down another $50 - so we must hypothesize. The tip here comes from a LinkedIn listing which suggests a 20nm chip is on the way.

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Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Speaking this week on the future of Google and the technology-infused world at large, Larry Page made some rather interesting comments on you and the way you'll be working. Not at a job you don't like. Not in a menial labor job that can be done by robots. Artificial Intelligence, he suggests, will be a big factor in two key game-changers in our society. One is in taking the place of workers at jobs they didn't want to be at in the first place.

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Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin has had a long and fruitful career at Google, having started big there under his work with Android, later moving on to other projects and eventually ending up managing the company's robotics division -- a position from which he is stepping down, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The reason isn't clear, but his future plans include kicking off an "incubator for startups", it is being reported. Google has confirmed the departure, with CEO Larry Page having thanked him for his time with the company.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

The ThinkPad's distant history is pocked with no-nonsense business machines sporting plain designs and thick bodies. Those are largely a thing of the past, with the newest ThinkPads coming with a side dish of sleekness that make them stand out from systems of days gone by. Such isn't the case with Lenovo's new ThinkPad W540, a mobile workstation targeted at business users that in some ways harkens back to the old T-Series designs. That's not a criticism, mind you. There's something refreshing about a laptop that isn't partly based on being overtly stylish, instead zeroing in on functionality for those who care most about what the machine can do. Does the W540's functionality match its boardroom aesthetic, though? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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Samsung’s third quarter suffered expected financial stumbles

Samsung’s third quarter suffered expected financial stumbles

A regularly filing earlier this month revealed that Samsung's 2014 third quarter profits would show a big stumble over past quarters, with it being expected that the company would be showing three-year lows. The official quarterly results report is in, and in it we see the same story: in the quarter ending on September 30, Samsung's revenue and operating profit were both down quarter-on-quarter. This marks the company's second straight quarter of stumbles in its IT and mobile division, and the company is banking on holiday sales propping it up in Q4.

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Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

This summer Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella revealed a planned workforce reduction that would ultimately result in 18,000 or so employees being cut loose. The reason behind it was to "realign our workforce" toward better fitting its current business goal, with the most notable cuts being among the workers it brought in with the Nokia acquisition. It was promised that by the end of the year most of the jobs would be cut, and today has seen Microsoft moving strongly on that goal, with it laying off 3,000 additional workers.

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Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit has jumped aboard the crowdfunding train, doing so with the launch of a new website called Redditmade. Like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Redditmade lets users set up funding campaigns for projects ("You can create almost anything you want ," says Reddit), which users can then fund if they're so inclined. Campaigns that reach their goal in 30 days will survive, while those that don't will fizzle away into the silence. Dozens of projects are already up, most of them in the form of witty t-shirt designs.

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