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Today in Tech News Digest, Nokia looks set to reveal an Android handset, Microsoft really wants Windows XP to die, Bill Gates reveals all in a Reddit AMA, Mark Zuckerberg is a surprisingly generous philanthropist, Justin.tv becomes Twitch Interactive, Bing has the Oscars covered, and Netflix is good at promotions.

Nokia Goes Android

There have been rumors for a long time that Nokia is developing a handset based on the Android operating system, and according to the Wall Street Journal, those rumors are true. The usual “people familiar with the matter” have stated that Nokia will unveil its Android phone at Mobile World Congress, a trade show kicking off on Feb. 24.

This news wouldn’t be all that interesting were it not for the fact that Microsoft has acquired Nokia, paying $7.4 billion for the Finnish company’s handset business. The deal hasn’t quite gone through, leaving Nokia clear to forge ahead with its Android line. The question is what will Microsoft do once Nokia is in its hands? Because selling an Android handset isn’t exactly going to help the cause of Windows Phone.

Microsoft Begs XP Holdouts

Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to move people off Windows XP and onto a more up-to-date version of Windows before the company ends support for the aging OS on April 8, 2014. The latest call to arms is aimed at friends and family of those people sticking with XP. The tone of the blog post suggests Microsoft thinks only old people and idiots still use XP, but a recent We Ask You discussion clearly showed this isn’t the case.

Bill Gates Reveals All

Bill Gates took part in a lengthy Reddit AMA (that could count as one of the best AMAs of all time The Best Reddit AMAs Of All Time [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Best Reddit AMAs Of All Time [Weird & Wonderful Web] Under the IAmA subreddit, you'll find informal interviews with all sorts of interesting people. These are some of the best AMAs online. Read More ), revealing several nuggets of interesting information. Subjects discussed include new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Nadella Named, Facebook Filmed, Foursquare Fueled, Korea Kinected [Tech News Digest] Nadella Named, Facebook Filmed, Foursquare Fueled, Korea Kinected [Tech News Digest] Satya Nadella named CEO of Microsoft, Facebook turns 10, Twitter eyes e-commerce, Foursquare data to Windows, Google Now on Chrome Beta, and Kinect is guarding the border between North Korea and South Korea. Read More , Gates’ new role consisting of picking “ambitious scenarios,” and whether he can still leap over a chair in a single bound (spoiler alert: he can’t). Gates even threw in a couple of videos, including the one embedded above. The full AMA is well worth a read.

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Mark Zuckerberg Is A Big Donor

A lot of things are said about Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, many of them not exactly pleasant. But Zuckerberg clearly deserves some credit, as he has been named the most generous philanthropist in the United States for 2013. Zuckerberg gave an incredible $992.2 million to the ‘Silicon Valley Community Foundation’, though all of it came in the form of Facebook stock (18 million shares). Regardless, that’s still a lot of money.

Justin.tv Becomes Twitch Interactive

Justin.tv has changed its name to Twitch Interactive, proving just how popular its video games-focused streaming service has become. Justin.tv will remain as the name of the non-gaming livestreaming service, but the growth of Twitch.tv How To Stream Live Video to Your Twitch.TV Channel How To Stream Live Video to Your Twitch.TV Channel Launched in June of last year, the world of online gaming needed a portal to livestream events and Justin.TV's secondary niche website, Twitch.TV, serves today as just that. What if you're just a guy sitting... Read More has persuaded its parent company to adopt the moniker. That growth means 1 million broadcasters now stream themselves playing games every month. And with the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More and Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More both including Twitch.tv functionality, the growth looks set to continue.

Bing Bags All The Oscars

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Bing has partnered with The Hollywood Reporter Bing Partners With The Hollywood Reporter For The Ultimate Oscars Guide Bing Partners With The Hollywood Reporter For The Ultimate Oscars Guide Before the night of razzmatazz, go and visit Bing's dedicated website for the upcoming Academy Awards. Bing has shaken hands with The Hollywood Reporter for the ultimate "Oscars resource guide". Read More to bring its users all they need to know about the 2014 Academy Awards. The ‘Oscars Resource Guide’ is hosted at THR and powered by Bing. All of the nominees across the various categories are included, with reviews, bios, photos, and trailers included for film buffs to drool over. The 86th Academy Awards is due to take place on March 2.

Netflix Launches House Of Cards Against Humanity

And finally, Netflix has shown it’s rather clever at promoting itself, with an effort to create buzz around the second series of ‘House Of Cards’ achieving that goal. The very simple but effective gimmick was to release a ‘Cards Against Humanity’ expansion pack based on the show, and called, rather obviously, ‘House Of Cards Against Humanity‘. The free printed sets have all already gone, but interested parties can print out their own copies instead.

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  1. Tom W
    February 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I'll be sure to talk to the ATM next time I draw out money, and see if I can persuade it to update it's OS and software. I'm sure I'll have as much luck with that as I will do with friends and family.

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