It's been about 17 months since Edward Snowden leaked details about the National Security Agency's tracking practices, information that triggered a firestorm of investigations into the US government's access to private data and the way technology companies secured and shared consumer information.
On Tuesday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith spoke at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, facing an audience that included some of the loudest critics of the NSA's activities in the US.
Read Moreon the horizonMicrosoft cloud event will take place Oct. 20 in San Francisco
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella tweeted earlier today there's an event in the works for this month. On October 20, he'll be talking Microsoft Cloud. Read MoreMining for Future TalentBig week for Big Data in Boston
I've watched this video a few times, and it still blows my mind: Using high-speed video of nearby items, such as a plant or stray chip wrapper, MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe researchers found a way to analyze vibrations and algorithmically recreate roughly what sounds were in the room, down to actual words being spoken or a tune being played — without any recorded audio cues.
Read MoreAccelerating Hardware and Civic InnovationMassChallenge partners with Lightspeed, adds Microsoft/City of Boston civic prize
Although MassChallenge's transition from Fan Pier to Drydock Avenue is expected to be completed later this spring/early this summer, the world's largest startup accelerator program is already making some big moves. Read More
I met a promising young app developer at Microsoft in Cambridge the other day, which wouldn't be unusual except for one key fact: He's 8 years old.
Mohamed Tariq Jaffar Ali (he goes by Tariq) is the author of a Windows Phone app called Kids Zone that aggregates online videos from popular cartoons, like "Tom and Jerry" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." It culls YouTube for relevant clips and sorts them into channels.
"That's the data source," Tariq told me.
Typical third-grade stuff, right?
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