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Microsoft unveils Windows 10, aiming to revive its flagship product

Microsoft this morning unveiled the next version of Windows, called Windows 10 ? skipping a version number entirely to underscore the leap that Microsoft is trying to make as it attempts to revive its flagship operating system. Demonstrating the new operating system at a small media event in San Francisco, Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore said the company views the change from Windows 8 to Windows 10 as akin to going from a first-generation Prius to a new Tesla. A new app model will allow developers to build universal apps that work across Windows and Windows Phone. End-user features include the return of the Start Menu … Read More on GeekWire

Breaking pencils (and bending iPhones) easier than Consumer Reports suggests

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Last Friday Consumer Reports posted a video of some iPhone 6 bending tests they performed in order to “bring some science to the matter, and find out: ‘How much force does it take for a phone to bend and not bend back?'” After concluding that it takes 70 pounds of force to bend an iPhone 6 and 90 pounds to bend an iPhone 6 Plus, they explained that this is roughly equivalent to the force required to break four pencils at once. The demonstrator then picked up four pencils to show how hard it is to apply that much force … Read More on GeekWire

Live from Microsoft’s big Windows event in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO ? Microsoft is slated to unveil its plans for Windows this morning, with a big focus on enterprise customers, and the announcement should be a big one. Today’s event is expected to be the reveal for the next version of Windows, codenamed Threshold. The new version is supposed to come with a number of interesting features, including the return of the Start menu, and a version of Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana that will run on users’ desktops. Microsoft executives Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore will be on hand at 10 a.m. to walk everyone through whatever the company has … Read More on GeekWire

News Corp. buying Move Inc. for $950M, knocking on the door of rival Zillow

Zillow may soon have a new rival to face off against: Rupert Murdoch. The billionaire media titan’s News Corp. today announced plans to buy Move Inc. ? operator of, ListHub and other online real estate services ? for $950 million in cash. The deal comes amid consolidation in the online real estate industry, with Seattle-based Zillow announcing earlier this summer a plan to buy San Francisco-based Trulia for $3.5 billion. The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies, and it represents a 37 percent premium over Move Inc.’s closing stock price on Monday. Shares of Move … Read More on GeekWire

MSN’s rebirth brings Microsoft’s new approach into focus

It might be easy to dismiss Microsoft’s MSN as a relic of the dial-up Internet era, but with 425 million monthly users, the portal remains a major destination on the web and a key asset for the Redmond company. And the rollout of the new MSN, which began overnight, is the latest glimpse Microsoft’s “cloud first, mobile first” strategy under CEO Satya Nadella. The redesigned MSN will let users personalize their content, syncing their preferences across a variety of devices and apps ? not just on Windows. “In the coming months, we will release a suite of MSN apps across iOS and Android to complement today?s release … Read More on GeekWire

eBay to spin off PayPal in 2015, CEO John Donahoe stepping down

Shares of eBay jumped more than six percent on Tuesday as the online retailer and marketplace announced plans to spin off its PayPal payments business in 2015, a plan that was originally proposed by activist investor Carl Icahn earlier this year. When the deal is completed sometime next year, eBay president and CEO John Donahoe will step down, replaced by eBay Marketplaces president Devin Wenig. Former Amercican Express executive Dan Schulman will join PayPal as president and CEO after the separation. ?eBay and PayPal will be sharper and stronger, and more focused and competitive as leading, standalone companies in their respective … Read More on GeekWire

Again? Kansas City Chiefs fans set another world record for crowd noise

Oh, hey, another football team breaking a crowd noise record. During the second quarter of tonight’s Monday Night Football game, Kansas City Chiefs fans set a new Guinness World Record and helped make Arrowhead Stadium “the loudest stadium in the world.” For those that haven’t kept up, this is a recent new trend for NFL teams ? well, at least two of them. About one year ago, Seattle Seahawks fans broke a two-year-old crowd noise record at CenturyLink Field ? which was specifically built to increase noise levels ? in a game against the 49ers at 136.6 decibles. Then, the Chiefs wanted in on the fun … Read More on GeekWire