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Dow closes more than 100 points lower, Apple and Microsoft drag down tech

Stocks fell in volatile trading on Thursday amid renewed pressure in shares of major tech companies. Conflicting messaging on the coronavirus vaccine front and uncertainty around further stimulus also weighed on sentiment. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 130.40 points, or 0.5%, to 27,901.98, snapping a four-day winning streak. The 30-stock average fell as much as 384.45 points, while briefly turning positive during the wild session.

The S&P 500 dropped 0.8%, or 28.48 points, to 3,357.01. The Nasdaq Composite fell 1.3%, or 140.19 points, to 10,910.28. The tech-heavy benchmark briefly dipped back into correction territory, down 10% from its all-time high. 

“The market had gone up too much, too fast and valuations got to a point where that was more noticeable than before,” said Tom Martin, senior portfolio manager at GLOBALT. “So now you’re seeing the market correct a bit.”

“The question now is whether this is the kind of

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Sony Has an Early Mindshare Lead on Microsoft in the Next-Gen Console Wars

While it’s still very early, Sony’s  (SNE) – Get Report PlayStation 5 is generating more enthusiasm among gamers right now than Microsoft’s  (MSFT) – Get Report Xbox Series X and S.

On Wednesday, Sony announced that the PS5 will launch in the U.S., Japan and several other markets on Nov. 12, and will be available elsewhere on Nov. 19. The company also revealed that the standard PS5 will retail for $499, while a “Digital Edition” that lacks an optical drive but is otherwise equally powerful will sell for $399.

The announcements arrived a week after Microsoft disclosed that its flagship next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, would sell for $499, and that the Xbox Series S — a sibling that lacks an optical drive, has a less powerful GPU and contains less RAM and storage — would sell for $299. Both consoles were promised to be

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Microsoft lost its best chance to be the ‘cool‘ tech company

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration
U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration

After TikTok rejected its bid

The great TikTok bidding war appears to be sewn up with Oracle coming in as the winner, or, as the company said, the “preferred technology partner,” of the upstart social media app owned by China’s ByteDance. And that leaves Microsoft (MSFT), which was seemingly the only serious contender for the platform, as the loser.

Oracle (ORCL) confirmed the proposal, which it and TikTok hope will allay President Trump and security experts’ fears that the app poses a national security risk, though we don’t know what the deal itself will

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Microsoft Says It Didn’t Need Halo Infinite To Be A Launch Title For Series X To Succeed

Halo Infinite was supposed to headline the launch lineup for the Xbox Series X/S, but Microsoft delayed the game to 2021 due in part to the impact of COVID-19 and working from home. It’s a big loss for the console’s launch, as it would have marked the first time since the original Halo in 2001 that a Halo title was released day-and-date with new Xbox hardware.

But in a statement to The New York Times, Xbox spokesperson Cindy Walker downplayed the Halo Infinite delay. Walker said Microsoft of course would have wanted to have Halo Infinite ready for the Series X/S launch, but despite the delay, Walker remains confident that there will be enough games available at launch to encourage people to buy in.

“Having Halo at our launch would have been tremendous,” but “we are not reliant on massive exclusive titles to drive console adoption,” Walker said. “Our players

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Bill Gates Sr., 1925-2020: Microsoft co-founder’s father made his own mark on Seattle and the world

Bill Gates Sr. in 2010. Photo via The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates Sr., a respected lawyer, devoted civic leader, trusted mentor, and influential philanthropist who helped to shape Seattle’s tech industry even before his son co-founded Microsoft, died Monday of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 94.

“My father’s death is a tremendous loss for our family and the many people whose lives he touched. Dad lived a long and enormously meaningful life,” Bill Gates Jr. said in a statement issued by the Gates family.

“I never stopped learning from his wisdom, kindness, and humility. Melinda and I owe him a special debt because his commitment to serving the community and the world helped inspire our own philanthropy. Although he would be the last person to say it, my father’s compassion and generosity will live on in the foundation he helped build.”

“As I’ve said many times before, my

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Microsoft xCloud To Launch With Over 150 Games Via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

KEY POINTS

  • The launch of Microsoft’s xCloud streaming service will see over 150 games playable for members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
  • The playable titles will include “Fallout 76,” “Batman: Arkham Knight,” “Resident Evil 7 Biohazard,” and “No Man’s Sky”
  • Mobile gamers can also download the Xbox Game Pass app from the Google Play Store or the Samsung Galaxy Store but not for the App Store on iOS devices

Beginning on Sept. 15, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to play over 150 games courtesy of Microsoft xCloud.

Among the titles available at the launch of the cloud gaming service will be “Nier: Automata,” “Gears of War 5,” ”The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” and several others. “Minecraft Dungeon” will also be getting fully optimized touch controls for cloud gaming, Polygon reports.

This holiday season will also see titles from EA Play join Xbox Game Pass’ mobile cloud support.

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Microsoft declares its underwater data center test was a success

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Enlarge / The Northern Isles, a 12-rack / 864-server underwater data center pod, is winched off the seafloor in this picture after its two-year trial deployment.

Microsoft retrieved a 40-foot-long, 12-rack, self-contained underwater data center from its seafloor home offshore from the Orkney Islands earlier this summer.

The retrieval of the Northern Isles began the final phase of Microsoft’s Project Natick research initiative, exploring the concept of deploying sealed server pods just offshore major population centers as a replacement for traditional onshore data centers.

Why put servers underwater?

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Microsoft Teams: This new mode makes your video meetings less exhausting and more productive

Together mode in Microsoft Teams uses technology to improve the video meeting experience in ways that don’t manipulate people.

Between Trainspotting-style adverts encouraging people back into the office and the news that Google won’t bring staff back into the office before July 2021, it’s hard to be sure what the future of work will look like. But for the foreseeable future, it’s certain to include a lot more video meetings.

The new Together mode that Microsoft added to Teams this summer is an attempt to make those video meetings less tiring and more productive, using some simple tricks that factor in the way the human brain works (and some things it’s not good at) and the way we react to other people.

SEE: Video teleconferencing do’s and don’ts (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The real problem with video conferencing isn’t the colleague who doesn’t realise they’re on mute, or the person

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Microsoft pulls underwater data center back to the surface to assess benefits of deep-sea cloud

Members of the Project Natick team power wash algae, barnacles and sea anemones off the Northern Isles underwater data center, which was retrieved from the seafloor off the Orkney Islands in Scotland. (Microsoft Photo / Jonathan Banks)

Two years after deploying a shipping-container-size data center to the depths off Scotland’s Orkney Islands, Microsoft has reeled it back in, scrubbed off algae and barnacles and assessed the findings of the unique underwater project.

The tubular data center, containing 864 servers, was pulled up earlier this summer after sitting on the seafloor at a depth of 117 feet. It’s part of the years-long Project Natick, designed to find out whether taking the cloud beneath the sea was a feasible exercise and whether the overall reliability of data centers could be improved by the conditions.

The Natick team said that a variety of factors on land can contribute to equipment failure, from oxygen

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What Microsoft wanted from a TikTok deal, and why its bid for the hit social video app didn’t pan out

Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison, left, is looking to make the company a “trusted technology partner” to TikTok after ByteDance turned down an acquisition bid from Walmart and Microsoft, led by Satya Nadella, right. (Oracle and GeekWire File Photos)

Microsoft’s bid for TikTok fell through after the tech giant insisted on acquiring full control of the social video app’s U.S. operations, data, source code and algorithms, declining to settle for a lesser deal that didn’t put those key assets in its hands.

That’s one of the details that emerged overnight after Microsoft said Sunday afternoon that TikTok’s parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, declined the offer from Microsoft and Walmart to acquire TikTok for a reported $20 billion to $30 billion.

The Chinese company, under pressure from the Trump administration to divest TikTok’s U.S. operations due to national security concerns, has instead submitted a proposal that makes rival bidder Oracle a “trusted

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