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Microsoft cuts dozens of staff as it shifts to AI for MSN news stories

Sponsored Links AFP/AFP via Getty Images Workforce automation is about to cost dozens of news contractors their jobs. The Seattle Times and The Guardian report that Microsoft is letting go of dozens of news contractors (about 50 in the US, 27 in the UK) after June 30th due to a shift to AI news production …

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Sony exec touts PS5 exclusive games while Xbox pushes ‘choice, value’

Sponsored Links PS5 DualSense controller Sony A new console generation is just around the corner, and with it comes a new battle over whose strategy is better, and which one better serves gamers. Earlier, Sony announced an event next week where it will show off “the future of gaming on PlayStation 5.” In an interview …

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‘Halo 3’ for PC should be ready for public testing in June

Sponsored Links Microsoft It won’t be too much longer before you can play the whole of the original Halo trilogy on PC. The 343 Industries team has announced (via Windows Central) that public testing for Halo 3’s Master Chief Collection PC release should start sometime in the “first half of June,” or roughly a month …

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Microsoft’s romance with open source software is on display at Build 2020

An absolute ton of new announcements has been coming out of this week’s Microsoft Build 2020 virtual conference for Windows developers. While cool, most of them are a little thin for individual reports—so we’ll get you up to speed on them in this roundup, with links out to each topic if you’re interested in more. …

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Microsoft and Intel turn malware into images to help spot more threats

Sponsored Links PeopleImages via Getty Images Microsoft and Intel have a novel approach to classifying malware: visualizing it. They’re collaborating on STAMINA (Static Malware-as-Image Network Analysis), a project that turns rogue code into grayscale images so that a deep learning system can study them. The approach converts the binary form of an input file into …

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To compete with Gmail, Microsoft reveals plans for new Web-based Outlook features

Enlarge / Microsoft Outlook for the Web. Microsoft Microsoft Outlook for the Web has the unenviable task of competing with a dominant Gmail—and much of Gmail’s competitive advantage is thanks to ML-driven features like text prediction. But Microsoft is taking a step to face off directly with one of the features most strongly associated with …

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Microsoft now protects Office 365 users against ‘reply all’ email storms

Sponsored Links Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Microsoft might just save you the next time a less-than-attentive coworker starts a “reply all” email storm. It’s now rolling out (via ZDNet) an Exchange feature that protects Office 365 users worldwide against those barrages of unwanted messages. It’ll initially help large companies by blocking replies if there …

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After Math: The great indoors

We’re entering week 7 of shelter in place — or maybe it’s week 70? Getting hard to tell these days — and things are going great. My quarantine beard is now Methuselah length, my window sill garden is booming, and my blood sacrifices to the old gods has so far kept the ‘Rona from darkening …

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Microsoft will fix Surface Laptop 3 ‘hairline fractures’ for free

Sponsored Links Devindra Hardawar/Engadget Microsoft will repair Surface Laptop 3 screens for free, particularly those that suddenly cracked for no discernible reason. Surface owners have been posting online about discovering hairline cracks on their new laptops’ display over the past few months even though they’ve treating their device with care. According to ZDNet, the affected …

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Microsoft’s new Surface notebooks are a grab bag of bad decisions

Microsoft’s Build conference may still be two weeks out, but the company isn’t saving its hardware news till then. It announced a slew of new Surface devices this week, and some of these products have been a long time coming. The new Surface Earbuds, for example, are finally going to retail after being announced in …

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