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Microsoft Changes Outlined In Memo, Amazon Drones On To FAA, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-07-2014

Also, the UK government restores its data retention powers, Verizon and Netflix continue war of words, Cortana predicts World Cup winners, Netflix advertises the best job ever, and Kelsey Grammer is a grammar Nazi, but only on Twitter.


Nadella Issues Mission Statement Memo

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella 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 has issued a memo to his workforce, and, by publishing the memo on, CC’d us all. There is nothing particularly groundbreaking in the memo, but Nadella does spell out his vision for Microsoft as it transitions into a new, forward-looking company.

The most important paragraph in the 3,000-word statement is this one. “At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.” Which sees Nadella moving away from former CEO Steve Ballmer 5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer A lot of people really don't like Steve Ballmer. Perhaps because he's Mr. Microsoft, or because he was (for many years) Bill Gates' lickspittle underling. Whatever the reason, he's a figure of fun in a... Read More ‘s focus on “devices and services.

We’ll have to wait and see what this mission statement will mean in the real world, but it’s becoming clear that Microsoft is changing how it operates. The problem Nadella faces is changing the culture of a company that has been operating a certain way for decades. And created as many haters as fans over that time.

Amazon Ramps Up Drone Development

Amazon’s plan to deliver goods by flying drones Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air. Read More has, in some quarters, been written off as nothing but a publicity stunt to be parodied. However, despite the obvious and undeniable barriers to this ever actually happening, Amazon is ramping up its efforts.

According to CNET, Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to test its drones in locations other than the six approved sites scattered across the U.S. The request also revealed that Amazon’s drone prototypes “can travel over 50 miles per hour while carrying a 5-pound package.”


You and I may not believe Amazon will ever put delivery drones in the sky, but the company is clearly still trying to make it happen. The question being whether this is more or less ludicrous than self-driving cars Your Car Could Soon Drive Itself, Facebook Has Big Plans For Oculus, And More... [Tech News Digest] Google Glass has been given a boost in specs, simplifies Google's "right to be forgotten" process, Opera 24 has been released for Linux, and the truth behind overtly happy Facebook status updates. Read More .

UK Government Fast-Tracks DRIP

The U.K. Government is fast-tracking a new law enabling security services to carry on spying on British citizens. The law is being treated as an emergency measure after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) killed off the previous directive on data retention.

Titled DRIP (Data Retention and Investigation Powers), this bill primarily reinstates the need for communications companies to hold onto data for months at a time. However, according to GigaOM, DRIP also expands surveillance legislation to include foreign companies.

Perhaps British spooks became envious of the NSA’s powers to spy on foreigners What Is PRISM? Everything You Need to Know The National Security Agency in the US has access to whatever data you're storing with US service providers like Google Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook. They're also likely monitoring most of the traffic flowing across the... Read More and wanted a piece of the action for themselves.


Verizon & Netflix Continue War Of Words

Verizon and Netflix are continuing the war of words that has been raging for months. The latest salvo was fired by Verizon, which issued a blog post entirely blaming Netflix for congesting the Internet. Netflix responded by blaming Verizon for failing to “upgrade those interconnections … controlled by ISPs.

We suspect consumers don’t care who is to blame as long as they can embark on a Netflix binge-watching marathon A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More once in a while.

Cortana Predicts World Cup Final Result

Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Cortana is the best reason to upgrade your Windows Phone early. Microsoft's answer to Siri offers great features and will make you laugh. Read More , has an incredible record of predicting the results of the World Cup Router Limits Kids' Internet Time, Facebook Knows How To Party, And More... [Tech News Digest] Android Wear apps added to Google Play, Samsung ends plasma TV production, BIC needs you to create the universal typeface font, Cortana predicts the results of the 2014 World Cup, and the Transformers ditch Michael... Read More , correctly predicting all 14 of the games played since the group stages. She didn’t predict Germany would score seven against Brazil, or Luis Suarez biting an opponent Biting Satire: The 20 Best Tweets About Luis Suarez' World Cup Bite [Weird & Wonderful Web] Were you as shocked by Suarez biting Chiellini as the rest of the world? Is it destined to be the biggest talking point of the whole of the 2014 World Cup? Twitter thinks so. Read More , but no one is perfect.

There are just two games left to play, and Cortana has once again predicted the results [Broken URL Removed]. She thinks Brazil will beat the Netherlands in the third place playoff, and that Germany will beat Argentina in the final to win the 2014 World Cup. Do you agree?


Netflix Advertises Best Job Ever

Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More is advertising for what could possibly be the best job ever created. Ignore the professional language used in the ad; this job involves sitting at home watching films and TV shows and tagging them for other viewers to find. Preferably while wearing sweatpants and eating popcorn. Apply here.

Kelsey Grammer Is A Grammar Nazi

And finally, Kelsey Grammer has joined Twitter, but, unusually for a celebrity, he isn’t on there just to promote stuff. Instead, Grammer is primarily on Twitter to revel in his role as a grammar Nazi. He even has his own hashtag, #KelseyGrammerGrammar. Which is all kinds of genius. As a fellow grammar Nazi Why Typos Always Matter, Even Online & In Text Messages [Opinion] We all make mistakes from time to time. It's natural, a part of life, a learning curve which we use to better ourselves. Typos are no exception. They happen often, and if writing forms a... Read More , I applaud Grammer’s efforts.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Is Satya Nadella taking Microsoft in the right direction? Would you ever use the Amazon drone delivery service? Do you want to be a Netflix tagger as much as I do?

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