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Pluralistic: 25 Nov 2020 - Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow - 0 views

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    "The tool tracks every click and interaction by employees and presents managers with leaderboards showing relative "productivity" of each employee, down to how many mentions they get in workplace emails."
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Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance | Microsoft |... - 0 views

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    ""Employers are increasingly exploiting metadata logged by software and devices for performance analytics and algorithmic control," Christl added. "MS is providing the tools for it. Practices we know from software development (and factories and call centres) are expanded to all white-collar work.""
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Microsoft's New Deepfake Detector Puts Reality to the Test - 0 views

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    "The Authenticator analyzes videos or images and tells users the percentage chance that they've been artificially manipulated. For videos, the tool can even analyze individual frames in real time."
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Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Around 27 individuals employed by PA Media - formerly the Press Association - were told on Thursday that they would lose their jobs in a month's time after Microsoft decided to stop employing humans to select, edit and curate news articles on its homepages."
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Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures' | Technology | The G... - 0 views

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    "A Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with "no security measures", according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for the company."
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Microsoft now faces a big Windows 10 quality test after botched update - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Microsoft has pulled its latest Windows 10 update offline after some users complained of missing files. It's the latest in a string of incidents with regular patches and Microsoft's larger Windows 10 updates that have been causing issues for some PC users this year. While Microsoft tests Windows 10 with millions of beta testers, there are signs that this public feedback loop isn't always working. Earlier this year Microsoft delayed its April 2018 Windows 10 update due to last minute Blue Screen of Death issues, and then had to fix desktop and Chrome freezing issues after it was shipped to more than 600 million machines. "
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Microsoft apologises after Bing translates 'Daesh' into 'Saudi Arabia' | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "Najjar told the Huffington Post that the error was most likely due to Bing's use of crowdsourced translations. The service can promote alternative translations to the top spot if they receive suggestions from about 1,000 people, which means that without manual correction it is possible to manipulate the system and substitute the correct translation for an alternative."
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Microsoft, Artificial Intelligence, and The Robot Apocalypse - 0 views

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    "Microsoft showcased a line of new autonomous robots, called K5, as security guards for one of its campuses. And though the robots looked nothing like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the machine - developed by Knightscope - is impressive and intimidating. Standing 5 feet tall, weighing 300 pounds, and equipped with HD cameras, sensors, alarms, artificial intelligence, and WiFi, it's one incredible piece of technology."
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Documentary On The History Of Apple And Microsoft Show It Was All About Copying, Not Pa... - 0 views

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    "There are two key themes that stand out incredibly strongly in this: both Microsoft and Apple did an awful lot of what they did by shamelessly copying the work of others, and the big companies floating around the space (mainly IBM and Xerox) clearly had no clue at all about what was going on."
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BBC News - Microsoft browser ballot criticised for being 'limited' - 0 views

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    I'm not gonna lie, this is a big step for microsoft in terms of being drawn out of monopolization. 
Max van Mesdag

Breakdancing Is No Match For Project Natal's Sensors - 0 views

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    Looks like Microsoft's Project Natal is more advanced than most of us thought. It effectively tracks bodily movements, even in low-light conditions.
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Microsoft-Yahoo search deal approved - 0 views

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    Microsoft will soon own Yahoo! and everything Yahoo! owns. However, this will only bring Microsoft a fraction closer to surpassing the might that is Google.
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BBC News - Bing 'is taking on Google' - 0 views

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    Take a watch, Mr.Ballmer says some interesting things =D
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BBC News - Microsoft launches Project Natal and new games for Xbox - 0 views

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    Natal... The future of gaming, be able to control your 360 in your sitting room... However, they neglected to mention how the device has a motion-sensing camera meaning that your living room is more susceptible to being hacked now... 
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BBC News - Microsoft and HP show off 'slate' PC - 0 views

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    Recently at CES, Mr.Ballmer over-excitingly shows the Slate-PC which is a tablet with a screen on it which has the power to actually run their latest operating system, Windows 7. 
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