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Microsoft VP Bottles the Scent of Money

"Ah, the smell of a crisp, new bank note. Is there anything better? Probably, but can you get the scent of clean babies, freshly fallen rain, wet leaves, or sunshine in a bottle? Taking a little time out from his work as VP of Sales for Microsoft, Chicago-born Patrick McCarthy is marketing a new cologne that he believes will make people feel more confident. Now, as a woman who wears perfume every day, I can tell you that certain fragrances make you feel more bold and confident than others.

CES 2011: Microsoft shows future Windows running on ARM chip

"Microsoft showed the next generation of Windows running on a different chip system today at the Consumer Electronics Show. Steve Sinofsky, president of Windows division, gave a conceptual demonstration of Windows running on the ARM chip design, which is commonly used in the mobile computing world." | more

Microsoft: We're Not Having Sex on Kinect

"Microsoft did not authorize or license its technology for this use," it said. "Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only (AO) content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect." | more

Microsoft kills Office anti-piracy program

"Microsoft last week killed an anti-piracy service that checked whether customers were running legal copies of Office, saying that the program had "served its purpose." | more

Microsoft unveils 'do not track' option for IE9

"Microsoft says it will offer a privacy setting in the next version of Internet Explorer that will make it easy for users to keep their browsing habits from being tracked by advertising networks and other third-party websites." | more

Microsoft “cheats” at benchmark test

"A bug in Microsoft's Internet Exploder 9 appears to have the advantage that it allows the browser to sale through the SunSpider JavaScript performance benchmark. The benchmark was devised by the developers of the WebKit browser engine, is used and quoted widely as a measure of browser scripting performance. IE 9 did extremely well in the test and this had people scratching their heads a bit. One of them Mozilla developer, Rob Sayre, made some minor changes to the test and saw Internet Explorer 9 slow down considerably.

Microsoft is a dying consumer brand

"Consumers have turned their backs on Microsoft. A company that once symbolized the future is now living in the past. Microsoft has been late to the game in crucial modern technologies like mobile, search, media, gaming and tablets. It has even fallen behind in Web browsing, a market it once ruled with an iron fist..." | more

Microsoft DNS Hijacked by Spammers

"Late last week Ronald Guilmette, the managing member of network security software vendor Infinite Monkeys, told The Register that he discovered two hacked Microsoft servers handling the DNS of fraudulent websites--including seizemed.com, yourrulers.com, and crashcoursecomputing.com--since "at least" September 22. The hack was reportedly done by a notorious group of Russian criminals who have hijacked other machines across the globe." | more

U.S. Reigns As Most Bot-Infected Country

"The U.S. has by far the highest number of bot-infected computers of any country in the world, with nearly four times as many infected PCs as the country in second place, Brazil, according to a new report by Microsoft. The quarterly report on malicious software and Internet attacks shows that while some of the major botnets have been curtailed in recent months, the networks of infected PCs still represent a huge threat." | more

Microsoft Patents GPU-Accelerated Video Encoding

"Microsoft applied for the patent titled “Accelerated video encoding using a graphics processing unit” in October 2004 and was granted a patent to its invention today. It outlines a concept where the GPU is used, among others, to perform motion estimation in videos, the use of the depth buffer of the GPU, to determine comprising, collocating video frames, mapping pixels to texels, frame processing using the GPU and output of data to the CPU.

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