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Microsoft and Samsung announced an extension of their existing partnership this week. Both are working together to more tightly integrate Microsoft Outlook, OneDrive and its Your Phone app with Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Note 10 phones. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella appeared on stage with Samsung officials at the Samsung Unpacked event to show the ijmportance of the announcements to Microsoft, which no longer has a mobile phone platform of its own.

The Note10 phones will come pre-loaded with the Office Mobile app, which allows you to view documents and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. This app has been preloaded on a number of Samsung phones since earlier this year,” a Microsoft spokesperson told me, in response to me double-checking whether the key Office apps would be pre-loaded.

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Microsoft and The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) has unveiled a TrialWatch app in an effort to shine a light on injustice in courts around the globe – which too often are simply barbaric. CFJ’s TrialWatch program, which formally launched this year, aims to monitor trials around the world that pose a high risk of human rights violations: trials that oppress vulnerable groups, silence speech, or target political opponents. Through the program, a small group of trial lawyers and activists are trained to report on legal proceedings, boiling a trial down to a series of facts that can be easily recorded and ultimately compared.

The new app aims to augment the ability of TrialWatch’s monitors, making it easier to document happenings in a courtroom. It offers a platform to record audio and take pictures of people and documents, which are then uploaded to the cloud. Having a backup of these documents should serve to protect trial monitors.

Vatican & Microsoft Team Up To Promote Ethics In Artificial Intelligence.

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The Vatican is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence.

Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and the head of a Vatican scientific office that promotes Catholic Church positions on human life.

The Vatican said Smith and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Academy for Life told Francis about the international prize for an individual who has successfully defended a dissertation on ethical issues involving artificial intelligence.

The winner will receive 6,000 euros ($6,900) and an invitation to Microsoft’s Seattle headquarters. The theme of the Pontifical Academy’ of Life’s s 2020 plenary assembly is AI.

Microsoft Claims A win Over Russian Plans To Hack US Politicians

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Microsoft has once again turned to US courts to seize six internet domains it says the notorious Fancy Bear hackers had set up for spear phishing US politicians and think-tanks ahead of the midterm elections in November.

Along with the domain seizures, Microsoft has launched a new security service aka Microsoft Account Guard, which will be available at no charge to all current US federal, state and local candidates, so long as they’re using Office 365.

The service includes threat detection and notifications for eligible Office 365, Outlook.com, and Hotmail accounts.

Microsoft will directly notify these organizations if it detects new threats targeting users’ corporate email addresses and personal accounts, while offering early access to security features usually reserved for large business and government customers.

Microsoft Says, Russia-Linked Hackers Target US Think Tanks & Political Organizations

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Microsoft’s president Brad Smith wrote in a blog It’s clear that democracies around the world are under attack. Foreign entities are launching cyber strikes to disrupt elections and sow discord.

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Microsoft Working On Tech To Eliminate Cashiers in Stores Like Walmart

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Microsoft is reportedly working on technology that will eliminate cashiers and checkout lines in stores, similar to Amazon’s technology already implemented in its Amazon Go brick-and-mortar store.

According to the report, Microsoft’s technology tracks which items customers put into their carts. While it’s unclear how far along Microsoft is in developing this technology, the company has reportedly shown sample tech to potential partners and has even talked to Walmart about implementing it.

The exact technology used in Microsoft’s service isn’t explained, but it may be linked to the company’s new Kinect for Azure project. Detailed at Microsoft Build last month, this project builds on Kinect’s current abilities and includes integrated computing power and a sensor package with a depth-mapping camera. It can be used to execute spatial mapping and motion tracking, which could come in handy when tracking customers’ hands as they reach for items on shelves.

Microsoft’s store tech is designed to help retailers “keep pace” with Amazon as the online shopping giant dabbles more in brick-and-mortar endeavors. Specifically, retailers who may use Microsoft’s technology could better compete with Amazon Go, the company’s cashier less convenience store.

Though, it’s unclear when Microsoft will roll out a final version of its checkout-free retail technology or if the project will be scrapped completely

Microsoft Acquiring Spotify

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Microsoft has now finalized a massive, $41.8 billion acquisition deal involving Spotify.

Microsoft Corporation, one of the largest and most powerful tech companies in the world, is now acquiring Spotify in a deal valued at approximately $41.8 billion.

The deal will make  Daniel Ek a multi-billionaire overnight, with a large portion in cash.  Other top-ranked executives like Martin Lorentzon and Sean Parker will mint billions on the deal, while also gaining a sizable share of Microsoft (MSFT) stock  Spotify counts an impressive 71 million paying subscribers, and more than 150 million total users.  Those numbers are big, but Apple is rapidly catching up.  In fact, at least one analyst has declared Amazon — not Apple or Spotify — to be the biggest streaming music service in the world, thanks to two very lucrative properties: Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.

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