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Microsoft Clippy’s annoying cousin fights for his life in SNL skit

Poor Clippy. All he wanted to do was help guide us through the wonderful world of Microsoft Office. In exchange for that, we’ve given him a lifetime worth of mockery. For good measure, Saturday Night Live piled it on this week with Pushie, Clippy’s equally annoying cousin in the form of a red push-pin. Host J.K. Simmons is left at the mercy of Pushie’s, erm, questionable tastes while writing a birthday letter to a college pal, before deciding that he’s had enough with the digital “assistant.” That leaves him with one option: the “Murder Pushie” button.

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Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2

Microsoft’s Surface just had a very healthy quarter, bringing the company $ 1.1 billion in revenue. While we don’t actually know how many units that is, Microsoft says that most of them were its newest model, the Surface Pro 3, which outsold its predecessor, the Surface 2, three to one. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Microsoft is shifting its focus to the newer version instead. Today the company said it plans to stop making the Surface 2 in favor of focusing on the Surface Pro 3.

“We are no longer manufacturing Surface 2; however, those still eager to buy Surface should visit Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, third-party retailers and resellers for the latest availability,” Microsoft said in a statement.

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Microsoft has finally stopped using the name Windows Phone

The naming nightmare is over. Microsoft, the company that brought you names like Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Phone 7 Series, finally has a single name for its core Windows products: Windows 10. That’s right. The next version of its operating system will be called Windows 10 whether it’s running on a phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a desktop PC. That’s a particularly sensible decision this time around. Microsoft has been making a big deal about the ability for “universal” apps to run across different form factors — from phones to the desktop — so branding it all as the same system should help consumers understand that it’s meant to be a consistent platform.

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Three ex-Google engineers have created a Microsoft Surface clone

Microsoft’s Surface tablet has inspired a few clones during its short history, but the latest rip off comes from three ex-Google engineers. Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk used to work on products like Google Maps and search at the web giant, and formed Jide Technology in 2014 to create a combined tablet and laptop. The result is an “ultra tablet” with a magnetically attached keyboard and a kickstand that all looks identical to Microsoft’s Surface tablet. Jide Technology hasn’t just stopped at the hardware, though. Even the “Remix OS” rips off Microsoft’s work in various ways, including a mail client that’s a straight copy.

So what’s the justification for such a blatant rip? “We can’t stand the drawbacks of the tablets and laptops on…

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Google publishes Windows vulnerability despite no fix from Microsoft

Google has openly published a Windows 8.1 vulnerability that allows low-level users to gain administrator privileges. The security flaw was revealed earlier this week despite one big problem: there’s still no fix from Microsoft. As such, the elevated privileges vulnerability remains a legitimate threat to some Windows customers. Google says it gave Redmond plenty of time to address the problem before the code went public on December 29th. It’s been 90 days since the security hole was filed as part of Google’s Project Zero initiative, which is dedicated to uncovering weaknesses in software before hackers can exploit them. Microsoft was told about the issue on September 30th, but so far hasn’t managed to resolve it with a Windows software…

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Google and Microsoft step in to oppose Marriott Hotels’ Wi-Fi blocking petition

A petition to grant hoteliers the right to block personal Wi-Fi on their premises is being met with staunch opposition from the biggest technology companies. Google and Microsoft are among those who have filed objections, noting the illegality of any devices capable of interfering with radio signals.

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Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store

Microsoft has removed a host of third-party Snapchat alternatives from its Windows Phone store after the photo messaging service indicated that it would start cracking down on unofficial apps in a bid to tighten security. Rudy Huyn, the developer of popular Windows Phone Snapchat alternative 6snap, confirmed on Twitter that his app — and all other third-party Snapchat apps previously available on Microsoft’s operating system — had been removed.

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Facebook quietly drops Microsoft Bing from Graph Search

Facebook is no longer showing search results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine on its on-site Graph Search product, as Reuters reports. The move apparently happened four days ago, alongside an update that improved Graph Search so that it could return specific posts when you search instead of just people. In a statement to Venture Beat, a spokesperson said “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook.” Microsoft also chimed in, saying “we continue to partner with Facebook in many different areas.”

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Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin to buy Xbox games and Windows apps

Microsoft is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment option to download digital content. The software maker quietly started supporting the digital currency earlier this week, months after adding a Bitcoin currency converter to its Bing search engine. Bitcoin can be used to fund a Microsoft Account, allowing owners to purchase content from the Windows and Xbox games, music, and video stores. While Bitcoin can be added to a Microsoft Account balance, it cannot be used to purchase services like Office 365.

It’s a surprise move from Microsoft, and it’s one of the first big tech companies to support Bitcoin fully — beating rivals Apple and Google. Microsoft is integrating BitPay to process Bitcoin transactions, and any money added through Bitcoin…

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Designers Rejoice! Microsoft Kills Off Clipart – 15 Free Microsoft Clipart Alternatives

Well, they’ve finally done it. Microsoft has announced that it is removing its clipart from the Office Suite and replacing it with a Bing Image Search. After years of no one actually using the…

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