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Microsoft has a goal to store data as DNA — MIT Technology Review

Microsoft is developing an apparatus that uses biology to replace tape drives, Antonio Regalado of the MIT Technology Review writes. Here is the link.

Microsoft appoints LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman to board

Microsoft has appointed Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, to its board of directors. Mr. Hoffman will be appointed to the Regulatory and Public Policy Committee. Mr. Hoffman, 49, has been with Greylock Partners, where he is currently a partner, for the past seven years. He co-founded LinkedIn in 2002, and before that he served as an executive vice president at PayPal. Mr. Hoffman currently serves on the boards of Edmodo, Convoy and Blockstream. He also serves on the boards of the non-profits Wrapp and Kiva.org, and is the chair of the West Coast advisory board for QuestBridge. Adding Mr. Hoffman to the board increases Microsoft's board to 12 members. The company's board of directors currently includes John Thompson, Microsoft independent chairman; William Gates, Microsoft founder and technology advisor; G. Mason Morfit, president,...

AMD, Microsoft collaborating to advance open source cloud hardware

AMD is collaborating with Microsoft to incorporate the cloud delivery features of its next-generation "Naples" processor with Project Olympus -- Microsoft's next-generation hyperscale cloud hardware design, the companies said at the Open Compute Project summit in Santa Clara, California. Through Microsoft's contribution of the Project Olympus design much earlier in the cycle than many OCP projects, AMD says it was able to engage early on in the design process, and the performance, scalability and efficiency of Project Olympus and AMD's "Naples" processor means the updated cloud hardware design can adapt to meet the application demands of global datacenter customers. The first "Naples" processors are scheduled to be available in Q2, with expected volume availability building in the second half of 2017 through OEM and channel partners.

Microsoft opening cybersecurity center in Mexico to fight botnets

Microsoft is opening a cybersecurity center in Mexico. The center will serve Mexico and other Latin American countries, says the company. The cybersecurity center will work on cybercrime, particularly Botnet schemes. It will also act as headquarters for the development of technical training activities, according to Microsoft.  

Microsoft acquires deep learning startup Maluuba

Microsoft has acquired Maluuba, a Montreal-based deep learning company working on natural language understanding. In a blog post, Harry Shum, executive vice president, Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, said Maluuba’s expertise in deep learning and reinforcement learning for question-answering and decision-making systems will help the company advance its strategy to democratize AI and to make it accessible. Sam Pasupalak and his Maluuba co-founder, Kaheer Suleman will be joining Microsoft. Yoshua Bengio, head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and an advisor to Maluuba, will also be advising Microsoft. Talking about the acquisition in a blog post, the Maluuba founders said Microsoft's vision of "democratizing AI to empower every person and every organization on the planet fundamentally aligns with how we see our technology being used."

Bsquare inks $4.8 million IoT software and services deal

Bsquare has entered into an agreement with a global supplier of smart grid and smart city solutions to utilize its DataV Internet of Things (IoT) software. The one-year subscription agreement, includes an option to extend for an additional four years, for an aggregate value of $4.8 million in software and services. In addition, Bsquare says it will be entitled to collect a monthly per-app royalty on applications provisioned on individual meters, once certain volume milestones have been achieved. Cloud infrastructure will be provided by Bsquare partner Microsoft using its Azure platform.

Sarcos Robotics secures investment from Caterpillar, GE and Microsoft

Sarcos Robotics, a company that makes dexterous industrial robots for use in unstructured environments, has secured a round of funding from a group of investors including Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, and Microsoft. The company announced the funding in a statement, but did not disclose the amount. The amount raised is a reported $10.5 million. Cottonwood Technology Fund, together with the company's three co-founders, Ben Wolff, Dr. Fraser Smith and Dr. Marc Olivier, also invested in the financing round, says the company.

Microsoft buys AI-powered scheduling app Genee

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Genee, an artificial intelligence-powered scheduling app for meetings. Genee uses natural language processing and optimized decision-making algorithms, says Microsoft.  Co-founders Ben Cheung and Charles Lee, who started the company in 2014, plan to join Microsoft. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Microsoft spending over $1.5 billion in largest data center deployment in US

West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer announced Microsoft will begin construction this spring of a data center in West Des Moines. This marks the third data center the software giant has built in West Des Moines, since the first data center was announced in 2008. The total capital investment made by Microsoft for Project Osmium is expected to be between $1.5 and $2 billion. Project Osmium will be the largest data center deployment Microsoft has ever built in the United States The new data center will be constructed in four phases on 200 acres of land in Warren and Madison Counties. Each phase will consist of buildings that are between 256,000 and 583,200 square feet in size, and total building construction is estimated at 1.7 million...

.NET Core 1.0 release biggest transformation since its inception, says Microsoft

Microsoft has released .NET Core 1.0, ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0, available on Windows, OS X and Linux. This release includes the .NET Core runtime, libraries and tools and the ASP.NET Core libraries. The company is also releasing Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code extensions, as well as Visual Studio 2015 Update 3.  .NET Core is available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift via certified containers. In addition, .NET Core is now supported by Red Hat, and extended via the integrated hybrid support partnership between Microsoft and Red Hat.  "This is the biggest transformation of .NET since its inception and will define .NET for the next decade," said Rich Lander of Microsoft in a blog post.  .NET Core is a cross-platform, open source, and modular...

Red Hat, Codenvy, and Microsoft collaborate on Language Server Protocol

Codenvy, Microsoft and Red Hat announced adoption of a language server protocol project, representing a collaborative effort to provide a way to integrate programming languages across code editors and integrated development environments (IDEs). The Language Server Protocol is an open source project that defines a JSON-based data exchange protocol for language servers, hosted on GitHub and licensed under the creative commons and MIT licenses. The Language server maintains the semantic information about a program implemented in a particular language. The protocol promotes interoperability between editors and language servers, and lets developers access intelligent programming language assistants -- such as find by symbol, syntax analysis, code completion, go to definition, outlining and refactoring -- within their editor or IDE. The communication between the Editor/IDE host and the Language Server uses JSON...

Microsoft opens technology centre in Vancouver, British Columbia

Microsoft opened the doors of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre (MCEC) in Vancouver, a state-of-the art development facility that the company says will "create innovative products for the global market and develop technology talent in British Columbia." Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those present at the MCEC opening. The MCEC is located in downtown Vancouver in a remodeled 142,000 square foot space in the Granville Centre. It features floor-to-ceiling views of the city and surrounding mountains.  Designed by architect Clive Wilkinson, it has two 150-person multi-purpose community rooms, and both open and closed collaboration spaces. It also has a "Maker's Garage," an outlet for experimental projects with both hardware and software. The MCEC will allow Microsoft's presence in Vancouver to grow to more than 750 positions. It...

Microsoft acquires Wand Labs

It has been a busy week for Microsoft. The company said was acquiring professional social network LinkedIn on Monday. On Thursday, the company announced it has acquired messaging app developer Wand Labs, for an undisclosed sum. Wand says its mission is "to tear down app walls, integrate your services in chat and make them work together so you can do more with less taps." The seven-member team had been working on integrating services into the chat experience, since it was founded in 2013. The goal, the company says, "being to leverage mobile scale, natural language capabilities and third-party services to enable users to easily access and share any authorized service or device." Wand had been working on a plugin API for developers as well. "Wand Labs’ technology and...

Read LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner’s email to his employees

Microsoft is buying professional social networking company LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Here is the email LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner sent out to the company's employees worldwide, talking about the acquisition: December 15th, 2008, marked the first day of the best job I’ve ever had. My rationale for joining LinkedIn was simple: The opportunity to work with Reid Hoffman, a founder I greatly admired and respected; to join an extremely talented and dedicated team; and to massively scale LinkedIn’s membership and business, both of which had the potential to fundamentally transform the way the world connects to opportunity. Never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined what would happen in the next 7½ years. Our team has grown from 338 people to over 10,000, our...

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft  and LinkedIn have entered into a definitive agreement, under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion. This is the largest acquisition to date for Microsoft. Microsoft said the professional social networking company will “retain its distinct brand, culture and independence,” with Chief Executive Jeff Weiner remaining at the helm, reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics “The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said, talking on the acquisition. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on...