Katherine Boehret’s Review
Though the Xbox One is still geared toward gamers, it will appeal to a broader audience with its variety of apps and ways of watching TV.
Microsoft’s top lawyer compared the National Security Agency to elite hackers, and said the technology giant will encrypt customer information traveling between its data centers, according to a company blog post published Wednesday night.
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Microsoft said today that Build, its annual developer conference, will be held June 26-28 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration opens at 9 am PT Tuesday, April 2. Microsoft also confirmed the existence of a new wave of products and services, code-named Blue.
AppNexus, the ad tech startup that counts Microsoft among its clients, announced today it had raised $75 million in a Series D round led by Technology Crossover Ventures, with participation by Venrock and Tribeca Venture Partners. CEO Brian O’Kelley said the money will go into adding more people and expanding and improving the platform. With this round, the New York City company has raised $140.5 million.
Multiple sources are reporting that an investor group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is close to buying the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and moving the team to Seattle, which has been bereft of pro hoops since the Sonics left in 2008. If the deal goes through, it should add extra spice to a rivalry with the Portland Trail Blazers, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Microsoft wrapped up a year in which it opened 51 new retail stores by announcing where the next six will show up. The first batch of 2013 will be opening in malls in San Francisco, Miami, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Beachwood, Ohio, outside of Cleveland.
News Bytemoving users to Skype, the Internet calling service it bought a year ago for $8.5 billion. Microsoft said the move will enable broader device support on all platforms for instant messaging, video calls and calls to landlines and mobiles.