Amazon becomes most valuable publicly-traded company

Amazon closes out trading as the world’s biggest publicly-traded company for the first time, overtaking Microsoft and other fellow tech behemoths.

DARPA’s Use of Prize Based Challenges

This panel addresses how DARPA uses prize-based challenges to solve problems, spur innovations, and develop community. This session provides highlights of prior challenges and discusses the successes, failures, and lessons learned over the past decade. It explores when a challenge is the right model for technology development, and considers future problems we may seek to solve with challenges. Panelists address the unique aspects of both physical and non-physical challenges, and the unique complexities each brings. The discussion includes long- and short-term effects of DARPA challenges to previous competitors and their respective technical communities. Dr. Norm Whitaker, Program Manager for the DARPA Urban Challenge moderates this panel.

Moderator
Dr. Norman Whitaker – Microsoft Research Special Projects

Speakers
Mr. David Hall – Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.
Mr. Todd Master – DARPA, TTO
Mr. Mike Walker – Microsoft NExT

Microsoft to give all tech tools to ‘ethical, honorable’ US Army

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Today in History for October 28th

(27 Oct 2018) The Statue of Liberty is dedicated in New York; Benito Mussolini takes control of the Italian government; The Cuban Missile Crisis ends; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and actress Julia Roberts are born. (Oct. 28)

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(16 Oct 2018) Here’s the latest for Tuesday October 16th: Pompeo goes to Saudi Arabia to discuss journalist; Searches continue in Florida after hurricane; 5 dead in house in Tennessee; Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65.

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Microsoft Uncovers New Russian Hacking Efforts

(22 Aug 2018) Republicans and Democratic lawmakers react to Microsoft findings saying a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites to spoof two American conservative organizations., and the U.S. Senate website. (Aug. 21)

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Microsoft Shows New Games, Subscription Service

Microsoft unveiled a host of new and updated game titles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles and also announced a Netflix-style subscription service priced at $10 per month. (June 11)

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Microsoft looks past next-gen Xbox to cloud games

The head of Xbox says Microsoft is hard at work on a next-generation console along with a cloud service that would let players stream games to any device.

Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers’ lives

A California man who built a business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court rejected his claim that the “restore discs” he made to extend computers’ lives had no financial value, instead ruling that he’d infringed Microsoft products.

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