Microsoft Receives 14 Data Requests on Suspects in Paris Terrorist Attacks

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) received 14 “lawful” requests for data on the suspects in the terrorist attacks that killed at least 130 people in Paris in November, and responded within 30 minutes on average, according to the Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of the company. During the RSA cybersecurity-industry conference in San Francisco, Smith cited the situation as an example of Microsoft’s ability to respond quickly to provide information on cases related to terrorism if a request complies with proper legal procedure. Smith used the situation to emphasize…

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Microsoft Inks Deal to Buy Software Developer Startup Xamarin

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) signed an agreement to acquire Xamarin, a software developer startup.  Both companies announced the acquisition, but did not disclose the terms of the deal. Bloomberg reported that Microsoft purchased Xamarin for around $400 million based on information from people with knowledge about the transaction. The acquisition is the latest move of Microsoft to attract more software engineers write program using its cloud services. According to the sources, Xamarin achieved sales of $30 million in 2015, and expected to approximately double that figure this year. In a…

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Microsoft, Novartis Partner in Developing a System to Assess Multiple Sclerosis

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Novartis (NYSE:NVS) partnered to develop a system that would precisely measure the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The system could potentially allow the development of better, cheaper and faster treatments for patients. The researchers of Microsoft and Novartis are working on a project called Assess MS. The project utilizes the tech giant’s Kinect motion camera, machine learning software to track movements to analyze a patient’s movement from a step to his/her ability to touch one’s nose with a finger. Novartis has been trying to find a more…

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Microsoft Recalls 2.3M Power Cords for Surface Pro Due to Fire Hazards

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  Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recalled around 2.3 million (including 190,000 in Canada) AC power cords for its Surface Pro computers due to fire and shock hazards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall involves Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 computers sold before March 15, 2015.  The devices were sold at Microsoft stores, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), and other stores from February 2012 to March 15, 2015. The Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 devices have a black case with the…

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