February 22nd, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Microsoft: Computers hacked as at Apple and Facebook

Microsoft was hacked much like Facebook and Apple, the technology company announced today on its security blog.

Microsoft said that its investigators "found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit ... were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations."

Apple said Tuesday that some of its employees' computers were compromised, and Facebook revealed a similar breach weeks earlier.

Read more about Apple, Facebook hacks

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Overheard on CNN.com: Wait in line? For an iPad? Tablet trend irks some readers
iReporter Kevin Galliford found a huge line of people waiting to buy iPads at New York's SoHo Apple store on Friday, March 16.
March 16th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Wait in line? For an iPad? Tablet trend irks some readers

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Two of the most talked-about topics today are the new iPad going on sale and reaction to the preview of the tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system. Some readers are quite excited and some are not.

New iPads hit stores Friday

iReporter Kevin Galliford took the photo shown at the top, depicting the long line of customers waiting to purchase the device at an Apple Store in New York. And Harry Crosland of Columbia, Maryland, says he managed to be 35th in line and talked to the guy who was first. Crosland shared his initial impression of the device:

"The iPad, from a precursory glance, is nearly indistinguishable from the iPad 2. I feel no difference in the weight or size of it. As a matter of fact, my old case (I bought a front and back protector for the iPad 2) fits my new one perfectly. The Retina Display is definitely noticeable and some pages seem to load up a bit faster."

Apple devices have an uncanny ability to polarize our tech readers, and the new iPad is no exception.

Giantsfan17: "Best Business Model Ever: Convince people they need to buy the same few products every year."

This reader is a fan.

DRinNC: "I'm taking my grandson to the Apple store today because he wants to come along when I get my new iPad, little does he know that he's walking out with one too. Say all the bad things you want about Apple and it's fans, but the look is his face will be priceless."

But this one wasn't so sure. FULL POST

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Gotta Watch: The best of E3
Gamers and show attendees play video games at the Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
June 9th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Gotta Watch: The best of E3

It's arguably the biggest video gaming event of the year. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, started in 1995 as an annual showcase for the gaming world. Hundreds of companies, from multi-billion dollar corporations like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, to little-known software developers use E3 hoping it will launch them towards digital success.  This year's E3 just finished up in Los Angeles and CNN has your front-row seat. Here are some highlights you've just Gotta Watch.

From Wii to U – At the world's biggest showcase for video games, Nintendo made the biggest splash this week with the unveiling of Wii U, the next generation of its popular, motion-controlled gaming system.


Bill Gates accuses states of 'extreme' accounting tricks with budget
Microsoft founder Bill Gates talks state budgets Thursday at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California.
March 3rd, 2011
06:09 PM ET

Bill Gates accuses states of 'extreme' accounting tricks with budget

Bill Gates took on state officials across the country Thursday, accusing them of playing accounting tricks with budgets that even Enron’s executives wouldn’t have tried.

“The guys at Enron would never have done this, this is so blatant, so extreme,” said Gates, speaking at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. “Is anyone paying attention to what these guys do?”

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist said the stakes in the growing deficits in states are huge because obligations to pay for health care and pensions for an aging population threaten to force huge cuts in education.

Gates used California’s budget as an example, pointing to the $25 billion shortfall faced by Gov. Jerry Brown when he took office this year. As health care takes up a larger and larger proportion of the budget, education spending would have to be cut in half to make up the difference. Gates cast that as a choice between paying the older generation versus investing in education for the young.

On paper, 49 states have to have balanced budgets. But Gates said that’s a “pretense” and that rather than balancing budgets, many states are playing tricks by borrowing, securitizing the proceeds from tobacco company settlements, and using one-shot tactics such as selling off state property to balance budgets.

While California spends more than $100 billion a year, far less brainpower goes into studying the accounting and the wisdom of spending decisions than at two much smaller enterprises - Microsoft and Google, Gates said. States should be held to the same accounting principles as those which apply to private companies, he said.

He said he will use his foundation’s website to publicize the facts about state budgets and suggested people read Marguerite Roza’s book “Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?”to learn more.

“We need to care about state budgets because they are critical for our kids and our future,” said Gates, who has used the TED conference as a platform in recent years for his views on global health, education and energy. Gates also curated a session Wednesday at the conference, which is run by TED, a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading.”

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September 29th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

On the Radar: Long's accuser, Lockerbie, middle politics

Eddie Long preaches at his church and responds to allegations against him Sunday.

Long accuser speaks out - One of the young men who has accused a Georgia pastor of sexual coercion told Atlanta television station WAGA that he wanted to send a message to Bishop Eddie Long: "You are not a man. You are a monster."

Jamal Parris, a former church employee and personal assistant to Long, filed one of four lawsuits last week accusing the Baptist televangelist of coercing young male church members into having sex with him.

Lockerbie bomber hearing - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on the circumstances surrounding the release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison last year.


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July 14th, 2010
10:48 AM ET

Microsoft demos 'Milo' game at TED Global

"This talk is a little bit insane," confided Peter Molyneux, the head of the European games division of Microsoft, as he prepared to demo a game called "Milo" at the TED Global conference in Oxford on Tuesday.

He asked audience members to cross their fingers as they waited to see if the live demo would work.

"Milo" is a story-telling game about a little boy who's unhappy because his family has moved from London to New England and his parents are too busy to listen to what's on his mind. Molyneux said his goal with the game, which is still under development, is to recreate the feeling he had as a 4-year-old child when his father told him a story about a robot.

The idea, he said, is to create a real, living boy in a computer.


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April 19th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

On the Radar: Oklahoma City, Pope anniversary and Skinput

Family members mourn on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Monday:

Oklahoma City bombing - Fifteen years ago, a bomb ripped through a federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the worst homegrown terror attack on U.S. soil.  The April 19, 1995, attack killed 168 people, shattering the belief of many that America was largely immune to domestic terrorism. Fifteen years later, the impact of the bombing still reverberates with those who lived through it.  CNN checks in with some of the survivors of the attack, including several who were children at the time.

Skinput the new touch technology? - Microsoft will demo a prototype technology called Skinput, which lets people control gadgets not by tapping buttons, but simply by touching their fingers together and using simple sign language. The product should be out in three to five years, and could make digging through purses and pockets for iPods and phones a thing of the past. CNN's John D. Sutter reports on the technology and what its impact might be.


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April 12th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Microsoft unveils 'KIN' smartphones

Microsoft unveiled two new smartphones Monday, designed for the new generation of heavy social networking users.

Called the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO, the phones feature many of the standard offerings of smartphones currently on the market: touch screens, slide-out keyboards, Web browsers with pinch-to-zoom, and applications for download. Where the phones differ from traditional smartphones is in the integration with social networks.


March 16th, 2010
01:23 PM ET

Web Pulse: Tiger Woods, IE9, QR codes and Facebook

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Tuesday:

Tiger Woods and the Masters - Let the speculation end. Tiger Woods has put all of the rumors and rampant speculation to rest with his announcement today that he'll be returning to golf at the Masters in April. Lots of chatter surrounding the announcement - both on the kind of role model Tiger was, whether he still should be one as well as the strategy behind choosing the Masters as his return event because of its controlled nature.

Internet Explorer 9 – At Microsoft's Mix conference they announced a platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 - which they tout as a prototype for how they plan to interact with the Web currently, but also be able to adapt to quickly changing Web technologies. Most of the buzz is from the tech community on Twitter, a majority of who appear to be downloading a "Test Drive" version Microsoft has made available on its site.


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