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Microsoft asks Holder to ease gag on NSA program

REDMOND, Wash. Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to personally review a gag order that prevents the company and others from further discussing secret national security requests for customer emails, Skype calls and documents stored on its servers.

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Microsoft Disrupted Cybercrime Botnet That Hijacked Pcs

Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software maker, said it disrupted a cybercrime operation known as the Bamitel botnet that took control of hundreds of thousands of personal computers by infecting them with malicious software.

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Irobot, Allergan, Microsoft: Intellectual Property

IRobot Corp. , the company that makes robotic vacuum cleaners, floor-scrubbers and gutter-cleaners, has applied for a patent on robotic assembly.

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Microsoft to drop Messenger, switch to Skype

NEW YORK — Microsoft is scrapping its instant-messaging program and forcing most users to switch to Skype. Maintaining Windows Live Messenger made less sense after Microsoft Corp. bought Skype for $8.5 billion last year.

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Microsoft appoints first official Iraq distributor

Microsoft Corp. says it has appointed a local company to distribute its products in Iraq in what it says is a sign of growth for the war-plagued country.

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Facebook, Nestle, Greg Norman, Fiat: Intellectual Property

Facebook Inc. , the biggest social- networking service, made an offer for AOL Inc. s patent portfolio before losing out to Microsoft Corp. s $1.06 billion bid, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Report: Foxconn to relocate to the Philippines?

Foxconn Technology Group may be eyeing to transfer some of its capacities in the Philippines , according to a report published by Manila Bulletin . Foxconn is one of the world's largest contract manufacturers with a client list that includes Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp.

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