The NYPD's Spying Program: Coming Soon to a City or Corporation Near You

Taylor Berman · 02/20/13 08:44PM

Last August, the NYPD announced they'd partnered with Microsoft to create an elaborate city-wide spying/surveillance program, called the Domain Awareness System. The program provides the department with access to over 3,000 public and private security cameras, information that's then instantly cross-referenced with criminal and terrorist databases, 911 call histories, license plate scanning machines, and radiation monitors.

Terrifying Duopoly To Rule Online Advertising

Ryan Tate · 11/08/11 06:53PM

Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL just sealed a deal to sell premium display advertising space for one another and for any smaller companies that join the consortium. That sounds like an antitrust case in the making, but the parties have one accurate defense against charges of collusion: Google is bigger and scarier.

Bill Gates's $600,000-a-Month Rental Will Keep His Daughter Near Ponies

Ryan Tate · 10/11/11 07:51PM

Bill Gates is reportedly renting an eight-bedroom South Florida mansion for half a year at $600,000 per month. Yes, the Microsoft co-founder has at least two other homes, but neither of them will put his 15-year-old daughter Jennifer—or her ponies—within striking distance of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5 Billion

Seth Abramovitch · 05/10/11 12:30AM

That's the word on the street! The deal would include the assumption of Skype's $686 million debt, and will be made public at 5 AM Pacific time, according to NYT. If it happens, it'll be Microsoft's biggest acquisition ever.

Google Chrome Assures Internet Explorer Users: 'It Gets Better'

Seth Abramovitch · 05/04/11 01:41AM

The browser wars are heating up again! Are there any seven unsexier words in the English language? Probably not. In any case, they are, what with Google launching an aggressive new TV campaign tonight. It's all fiendishly calculated to tug at your heartstrings while diverting eyeballs and mouse-clicks towards their Chrome.

Bill Gates Might Stab You in The Back If You Get Cancer

Adrian Chen · 03/31/11 11:38AM

Bill Gates does a lot of good stuff with his foundation these days. But is it all a coverup for his Machiavellian (Zuckerbergian?) ways? A new memoir by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reveals that Gates contemplated stiffing him because he thought he wasn't pulling his weight... right after he'd been treated for cancer.

Microsoft Files an Antitrust Complaint

Adrian Chen · 03/31/11 10:14AM

Microsoft has just filed its first antitrust complaint, in the EU against Google. Let's try to get past the obvious fact that this is like Lady Gaga complaining that someone dresses weird and rips off Madonna while she hurls stones out of a glass house. This is important stuff. It could determine which massive tech corporation controls all of our data in the dystopian future!

Microsoft Dating Service Could Let You Fly Your Freak Flag

Adrian Chen · 03/10/11 11:07PM

If you want to online date but are concerned about unusual likes and/or sexual habits, Microsoft has patented a service for you! The service helps people with "fringe interests and eccentricities" find mates without having to explain everything to the squares.

Dear Microsoft, a Rap About Poor Service

Marisa Gladstone · 02/04/11 11:15AM

Dan Bull is an amateur rapper, and he also seems to be pro-Microsoft. In this video he raps, and writes, an open letter to Microsoft to inquire about their dismal service.

Social Networking's Scammy Sugar Daddy

Ryan Tate · 01/18/11 07:56PM

It turns out the third-largest advertiser across MySpace and Facebook was a scam to switch people's search engines to Bing and then collect affiliate fees from Microsoft. It's yet another example of how social networks are rife with shady operators.

Microsoft Hates Bill Gates' Rich People Tax

Ryan Tate · 10/28/10 02:11PM

Microsoft and its CEO Steve Ballmer vehemently oppose a state income tax, earmarked for schools and health care, on the richest 1.2 percent. Which is odd because Microsoft's founder, worth three times as much as Ballmer, is a big fan.

AOL Might Buy Yahoo

Ryan Tate · 10/13/10 07:47PM

AOL might buy Yahoo with private equity investors, sell off large parts of the company, and run the rest as a rival to Google in online advertising, The Wall Street Journal reported. It would be a deal of unprecedented irrelevance.