Microsoft ‘Build’ Conference: 5 Things to Watch For

Microsoft’s got a big week ahead at its Build conference, where the company is expected to drop lots of new details about Windows 8. Ostensibly, the conference is a place for application developers to learn about Microsoft’s new software, but for the rest of us, it’ll hopefully be a place to get some key details and hands-on time with …

Microsoft’s Cloud Bursts for over Two Hours: What Happened?

Millions of people using Microsoft online services—including Hotmail, Office365 and SkyDrive—found themselves temporarily cut off for a couple of hours last night, as the company was hit by what’s being described as a “major service failure.”

The outage is thought to be related to DNS problems, with the official Office365 Twitter …

Patents, Anyone? Gadget Makers Continue to Square Off in Court

Whatever your stance on the current state of patent law—it’s essential to protecting intellectual property, it’s detrimental to innovation, or something in between—the fact is that there’s a whole lot of patent-related activity happening in the tech sector right now, much of it to do with mobile devices.

Google’s …

Who’s Offering Money to Buy Hulu?

After months of speculation, it’s time for the sale of streaming video site Hulu to turn into a bidding war. Six companies have submitted informal bids for the site this week, according to those in the know, including three big names eager to own what could be turned into a Netflix streaming video killer.

Business Insider names

Windows Phone Catch-Up Continues with Front-Facing Camera, Hotspot

As the launch of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Mango” update approaches, the number of missing features keeps dwindling, with support for front-facing cameras and Wi-Fi hotspots now confirmed.

We’ve suspected that the next version of Windows Phones would support front-facing cameras, given that some upcoming Windows Phone handsets are …

Gamer’s Death Linked to ‘Marathon Session on His Xbox’

Warning: Xbox can kill.

Well, that’s not entirely true. While in this particular case, an Xbox was connected to the death of 20-year-old British student Chris Staniforth, the real cause was closer to a lack of perspective.

A post-mortem exam on Staniforth revealed that he died because of a pulmonary embolism brought on by a …

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