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Microsoft to open $1.1 billion ‘Project Alluvion’ data center in Iowa

Microsoft is the company behind a $1.13 billion data center known as “Project Alluvion,” taking shape in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Quad City Times and The Des Moines Register report that construction will begin this Spring, with the announcement made Friday by Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa economic development officials. “It’s now official, Microsoft is the… Read More

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Playstation 4 sales are up at least 2M on the Xbox One

One day ago, Sony announced that it sold through more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles globally as of April 6. Today, Microsoft announced that it has shipped — not sold — more than 5 million Xbox One’s to retailers worldwide. While Sony has a firm lead on global sales, it is also leading in the U.S. The NPD… Read More

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PlayStation 4 sales hit 7M

Sony announced a new milestone for the PlayStation 4 today, as the company has sold through more than 7 million consoles globally as of April 6. On March 4, Sony noted that it passed 6 million consoles sold worldwide. The company, which launched the PS4 on Nov. 15, also announced today that more than 20.5 million copies of… Read More

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Microsoft Bing rolls out personalized cards, integrated with Cortana, competing with Google Now and Siri

They’re not calling it “Bing Now,” but a new service just announced by Microsoft will feel very familiar to some Google users. “Starting today, we are unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that will help you keep track of things that matter to you. Set up your interests in Bing settings and you will start… Read More

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How Microsoft’s top lawyer would keep the NSA in check

In light of last year’s NSA revelations and more recently the Heartbleed security breach, how government balances the protection of personal information and national security has been a hot topic. This dilemma was the focus of an event at the University of Washington School of Law Tuesday morning, where experts from both the tech industry and government… Read More

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Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview

Windows Phone developers can now install the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system on their personal devices. The company announced today that Windows Phone 8.1 is available through the Windows Phone Preview program, so devs can get a head start on building apps for the new update, which will be rolling out to consumers… Read More

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These geeks spent hundreds of hours building Lego robots that do amazing things

Legos. Robots. Software. Yes, EMP was turned into a geek paradise Thursday night as seven teams from top technology companies in the state faced off in the “Build for Good Robot Competition,” a unique competition sponsored by Lego Mindstorms. Teams — including developers from Amazon, Expedia, HTC, Microsoft and Zulily — competed for glory and prestige with… Read More

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Chart: PC industry resets, aims to return to growth

The traditional notebook and desktop PC industry experienced its best quarter in nearly two years, according to numbers released by the Gartner research firm this week. Yes, shipments declined by 1.7 percent, but that was much better than in recent quarters, exceeding forecasts for the period. Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP played a… Read More

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to speak at University of Washington graduation

Graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates. OK — maybe that’s not exactly what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to say at Husky Stadium on June 14, paying homage to his epic “developers” chant on stage at a conference in 2000. But University of Washington graduates can certainly expect high energy and some sound advice from Ballmer,… Read More

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This startup wants to let airline passengers compete in ‘intra-cabin gaming’

Skycast has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to develop a next-generation in-flight entertainment system for Windows tablets. Right now, Skycast is developing solutions with Microsoft that work on a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet enclosed in a security shell, and will feature content including movies, TV, digital magazines, music, and a “Xbox Game… Read More

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Viral Video: Microsoft goes Broadway with ‘OneNote More’

Hey, if this software thing doesn’t work out, Microsoft’s OneNote team might just have a future on stage. Marking the release of OneNote for Mac, the Microsoft group behind the note-taking product put together this funny parody of “One Day More” from Les Miserables that reveals some great pipes among certain members of the team…. Read More

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Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech companies deploy fixes for ‘Heartbleed’ bug

Amazon Web Services has rolled out fixes for several of its online services to address the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that has roiled the Internet this week with reports that hackers can use the flaw to access account information and passwords. It’s one of many technology companies that have been scrambling to roll out updates to fix the… Read More