Microsoft Fights Federal Warrant to Access Email Data in Ireland

Microsoft Fights Federal Warrant to Access Email Data in Ireland

Yesterday we told you about how Microsoft is one of several companies who are encrypting their services and hardening their systems against the prying of nosy agencies like the NSA. Now Microsoft is fighting a Federal court order that they turn over the data for a user’s email account whose email data resides on a server outside of the U.S. (in Ireland, to be specific).

Microsoft Discloses Everything it Can in Wake of NSA & PRISM Leak, Asks Goverment Permission to Disclose Even More

Microsoft Discloses Everything it Can in Wake of NSA & PRISM Leak, Asks Goverment Permission to Disclose Even More

Microsoft has disclosed that it has sought permission from the U.S. government to disclose to the public how it handles requests from the Federal government for user data. Microsoft says “We believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with the public, yet the Government is stopping us.”

Microsoft Announces Changes to Xbox One – Internet Connection No Longer Required, No Limits on Sharing Games

Microsoft Announces Changes to Xbox One – Internet Connection No Longer Required, No Limits on Sharing Games

A couple of weeks ago we talked about the concerns that many had that the new Microsoft Xbox One had built-in spying capabilities, especially as it needed to be connected to the Internet at least 1 hour a day. In fact with the leaks about the NSA PRISM program some were even wondering whether the new Xbox One would have an ‘NSA Spycam’ (in fact we had someone searching for that on our site).

Microsoft Tries to Allay Fears That the New XBox One Will be Spying On You

Microsoft Tries to Allay Fears That the New XBox One Will be Spying On You

There has been a lot of speculation that the new Microsoft XBox One (XBox 1) will essentially be spying on its owners. Well, ‘spying’ may be too strong a word but, at least, that it will have the potential to spy on its owners when combined with the required Kinect motion-detecting web-cam, an ever-vigilant watching and listening device connected to the Internet. These concerns arose after rumours started spreading that the new XBox One required a near 24/7 Internet connection and requires the Kinect.

Microsoft Fined $732 Million for Failing to Honor Settlement Agreement

Microsoft Fined $732 Million for Failing to Honor Settlement Agreement

Microsoft has been fined to the tune of $732 million by the European Union, for failing to adhere to the requirements of a settlement agreement that resulted from Microsoft’s restrictive shipping of Windows computers pre-loaded with Internet Explorer as the default web browser, and with no obvious alternative. Joaquin Almunia, competition commissioner for the European Union, noted that it had been a mistake to let Microsoft monitor their own compliance with the agreement.

Microsoft Spying on Internet Explorer Users Google Searches in Order to Enhance Bing Search Engine

Microsoft Spying on Internet Explorer Users Google Searches in Order to Enhance Bing Search Engine

Has Microsoft been spying on the Google searches of Internet Explorer users in order to use the data to enhance their own Microsoft Bing search engine, to make it more competitive with Google? According to Google, who claims to have caught MS watching their own IE users, tapping their Google searches and using the information gleaned from those searches to make their Bing searches more accurate.

Microsoft Issues Urgent Windows Update to Protect Internet Explorer and Office Products

Microsoft Issues Urgent Windows Update to Protect Internet Explorer and Office Products

Microsoft has just announced an emergency patch for both Internet Explorer (IE) and Office Products, and it is recommended that everyone install this patch ASAP (link to patch included below). This affects Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as well as any Microsoft Office Product with ActiveX, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.

Microsoft Issues Wide-Sweeping Bans for Applications in Windows Mobile Market

Microsoft Issues Wide-Sweeping Bans for Applications in Windows Mobile Market

As the Apple iPhone app store and T-Mobile G1 phone application market show signs of becoming more open, Microsoft has gone in the opposite direction, issuing a flat-out Mobile Market ban from their Mobile 2 Market applications market on several genre of applications, including alternate browsers or search clients. In otherwords, you and your Windows Mobile phone will remain captive and chained to only Microsoft applications.

Microsoft Blocks Google as “Not Family Safe”

Microsoft Blocks Google as “Not Family Safe”

Perhaps you’ve heard about Microsoft’s WIndows Live new “Family Safety” software, which you can install on your Windows computer, so that your children can safely surf the web without fear of exposure to material that is not family friendly – or ‘family safe’. Apparently in Microsoft’s view this includes competitor Google, although oddly it does not include their own similar search engine, Live.com.

Microsoft Word Vulnerability Exploit Through Jet Database:  Word Up on Security Hole

Microsoft Word Vulnerability Exploit Through Jet Database: Word Up on Security Hole

Microsoft has announced this week a security hole in MS Word – well, actually it’s in the Jet Database engine, but that creates a vulnerability in MS Word, which attackers can exploit to gain remote access and control of your computer. Nearly all versions of Windows, including XP, 2000 (2K) and many Windows Server editions, are vulnerable. In fact the only versions of Windows not vulnerable to this attack are Vista, and Windows Server 2003 SP2.

Microsoft Naughty Santa Claus Talks Dirty to Young Girls – MS Blames Dirty Santa Sex Talk on the Kids

Microsoft Naughty Santa Claus Talks Dirty to Young Girls – MS Blames Dirty Santa Sex Talk on the Kids

Microsoft’s sexy Santa Claws instant message buddy bot started spewing bad Santa porn to a couple of young girls who had sent a special letter to Santa bot. During the Santa chat session, the girls offered Santa Clause some pizza. But when told to “eat it”, the dirty Santa responded with “It’s fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else… ” (Santas little helper, perhaps?) At this point the girls’ uncle stepped in and told the evil Santa that he was a dirty bastard, and that naughty Santa responded “I think you’re dirty bastard” (apparently he was also drunk Santa, or, at least, inarticulate Santa). Must be Santa bot had a flaw, for never before in Santa Claus history has he been known to be a perv!

Microsoft’s Health Vault Allows You to Store and Share Your Electronic Medical Records – But Should You?

Microsoft’s Health Vault Allows You to Store and Share Your Electronic Medical Records – But Should You?

Microsoft has announced a new software product and platform to allow people to store their electronic medical records online and share them with health care providers and technologists, insurance providers, and medical device providers. Dubbed Microsoft Health Vault, Microsoft says that it will allow people to “collect, store, and share health information.” But should you?

Microsoft Windows Unsafe at Any Speed – Sees Two New Security Flaws Every Week!

Microsoft Windows Unsafe at Any Speed – Sees Two New Security Flaws Every Week!

When it comes to computer safety and Internet security issues, even the best Internet security and computer Internet security software may be no match for the enemy within. Because it turns out that Microsoft announces an average of two new threats every week to your Microsoft Windows computer safety! And no, automatic Microsoft Windows updates and having Windows service pack 2 isn’t going to protect you.

Microsoft Patents Scraping Your Hard Drive to Deliver Targeted Ads – Yes, Microsoft Invents Commercials for the Computer

Microsoft Patents Scraping Your Hard Drive to Deliver Targeted Ads – Yes, Microsoft Invents Commercials for the Computer

Microsoft has filed a patent to allow them to scrape your hard drive, searching through the contents of your files, to serve you targeted advertising that they just know you’ll want to see because it will be based on the contents of those files. It’s kind of like having Bill Gates reading your computer over your shoulder and saying “Ooh, I have just the thing for you!”

Microsoft Issues 7 Critical Microsoft Windows Updates and Patches – Including an Internet Explorer Update – Patch Your Windows Today!

Microsoft Issues 7 Critical Microsoft Windows Updates and Patches – Including an Internet Explorer Update – Patch Your Windows Today!

Microsoft this week issued seven “critical” Microsoft Windows updates and patches, including an Internet Explorer update, and they want to make sure that you update your Windows! Because each of the seven updates and patches are rated as “critical”, it really is advised that if you are running a computer with Windows, you pay immediate attention to these.

Microsoft Launches Own Free Internet Video Site – Can Microsoft Soapbox Capture YouTube Users’ Hearts?

Microsoft Launches Own Free Internet Video Site – Can Microsoft Soapbox Capture YouTube Users’ Hearts?

Microsoft joined the Internet Video sites today with its launch of Microsoft Soapbox. The new free Internet video site, offering free Internet video clips contributed by users, like YouTube and YouTube owner Google’s Google Video, hopes to capture YouTube viewers’ hearts and allegiance. On first glance, Microsoft Soapbox looks like YouTube and Google Video in the ways that you would expect. But is Microsoft Soapbox similar to YouTube enough to really be a contender? And is “similar to YouTube” enough, or does it need to be far better?