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Microsoft takes botnet threat intelligence program to the cloud; provides near real-time data
Posted by TJ Campana Director of Security, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Protecting people is at the forefront of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit’s fight against cybercrime. When we launched the Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security) program in 2010 to proactively combat botnets...
28 May 2013
Microsoft announces new TV white spaces project to connect students in Tanzania
Posted by Paul Garnett Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Today at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, Microsoft announced a new pilot project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Microsoft will work in collaboration with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and...
8 May 2013
Toward building consumer trust and a Do Not Track solution
Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Last week, we launched a consumer privacy awareness campaign to educate people about the tools and technologies Microsoft provides to help protect their personal information online. We prioritize privacy because we know it’s important...
3 May 2013
Microsoft Testifies on Capitol Hill in Support of Historic Immigration Bill
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Today, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by the bipartisan group of senators known as the ‘Gang...
22 Apr 2013
Microsoft Supports Introduction of Historic Immigration Bill in the Senate
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, the U.S. Senate took a significant first step toward reforming our nation’s broken and outdated immigration system with the introduction of comprehensive legislation by the ‘Gang...
17 Apr 2013
Start of April Marks Continued H-1B Uncertainty
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Beginning next week – on April 1 – employers can start filing applications for H-1B visas for skilled workers that they are looking to hire to fill open jobs here in the U.S. Many...
29 Mar 2013
Microsoft Releases 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, we are releasing our 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report. This is our first Law Enforcement Requests Report. It provides data on the number of requests we received from law enforcement...
21 Mar 2013
The Importance of Playing It Safe
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Posted by David Finn Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Cybercrime Center On March 6, Microsoft anti-piracy teams around the world turn their attention to raising awareness of the issues surrounding software piracy. What started as a stand-alone day six years ago has evolved into a series of events...
5 Mar 2013
The Patent System: Fix What’s Broken, Don’t Break What’s Working
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Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Earlier today, I participated in an event on Capitol Hill about the U.S. patent system and software patents sponsored by BSA│The Software Alliance and the National Association of Manufacturers...
21 Feb 2013
Microsoft Comments on Orphaned Works and Mass Digitization
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Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues This morning the U.S. Copyright Office posted Microsoft’s comments regarding orphan works and mass digitization. Microsoft has worked for orphan works reform for nearly a decade, participating in and supporting efforts by the Copyright Office...
6 Feb 2013
DOJ Patent Policy Means FTC Should Think Again about Google Patent Order
Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Patent and Trademark Office issued an important policy statement on standard essential patents. We welcome the statement as a significant step forward in ensuring the...
8 Jan 2013
The FTC and Google: A Missed Opportunity
Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft The FTC took steps today to address some of Google’s improper business practices. We find it troubling that the agency did not adhere to its own standard procedures that call for the agency to obtain industry input...
3 Jan 2013
Still Seeking Resolution to Search Competition Issues
Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Two years ago, Microsoft applauded the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission when they opened their antitrust investigations into Google’s business practices. We believed then, as we do now, that...
2 Jan 2013
Putting Privacy First in 2013
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft As 2012 draws to a close, we’re starting to see a number of “year-in-review” pieces recapping key developments in the tech industry over the past 12 months. One item that...
12 Dec 2012
TV White Spaces Spectrum: An Update from Singapore
Posted by Paul Mitchell Senior Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Earlier this year, the Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG) launched a significant pilot of wireless broadband using TV White Spaces (TVWS) . As part of the momentum of this pilot, the SWSPG convened a one day workshop...
12 Oct 2012
The Week in Tech Policy: Oct. 8th Edition – The Debate on Cybersecurity, Warrantless Mobile Device Tracking & More
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the continuing debates around cybersecurity, warrantless tracking of Americans’ mobile devices and more. Debate on cybersecurity continues. Gen. Keith Alexander, the head...
8 Oct 2012
Restoring U.S. Competitiveness: An @Microsoft Panel Discussion Featuring Scholars from the Toulouse Network for Information Technology
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On Sept. 27, the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center hosted a panel discussion with scholars from the Toulouse Network of Information Technology (TNIT) in Washington, D.C. The @Microsoft Conversation focused on restoring U.S. competitiveness...
1 Oct 2012
The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 24th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on cybersecurity, e-mail privacy and new research that seeks to weigh in on the recent debate on whether college is still worth the investment. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...
24 Sep 2012
The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users...
10 Sep 2012
The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 27th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the Federal Communications Commission’s new broadband progress report, wireless spectrum and California’s new Location Privacy Act. Federal Communications Commission...
27 Aug 2012
The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 20th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we’ve included stories on making political donations via wireless texting, spectrum sharing, post-secondary financial aid and jobs data and more. Federal Election Commission clears the way for...
20 Aug 2012
Do Not Track in the Windows 8 Setup Experience
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Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft With Windows 8’s recent release to manufacturing, we know many people are interested in how customers will discover Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10. DNT will be enabled in the “Express Settings” portion of the Windows...
7 Aug 2012
The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 6th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues This edition of The Week in Tech Policy has stories on higher education, online privacy guidelines for children, wireless spectrum and more. Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s assess higher education’s financial health. Two major...
6 Aug 2012
A Solid Foundation for Patent Peace
Posted by Brad Smith & Horacio Gutierrez Executive Vice President & General Counsel and Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft July 18 marked the effective date for the International Trade Commission’s order excluding from the U.S. market Motorola’s Android...
31 Jul 2012
The Week in Tech Policy – July 30th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the online sales tax debate, online education, wireless spectrum and more. Reshaping online education. In this July 20 post on his Taking Note blog , veteran NPR and PBS education...
30 Jul 2012
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