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Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / ANALYSIS
Aug 4, 2020
Microsoft’s long history in China complicates potential TikTok deal
Hawks in the Trump administration oppose any purchase of the social-media service by the tech giant, citing its contributions to 'the Great Firewall of China.'
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 17, 2020
Oracle expects flat sales on fewer corporate software deals
Oracle's software for managing data, corporate finances, employees and customers require elaborate and often expensive installations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 19, 2020
Sony and Microsoft strike deal on tiny AI chip with huge potential
Potential uses include optimizing warehouse and factory automation and making cars smarter about their drivers and environment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 14, 2020
Bill Gates leaves Microsoft board to focus on philanthropy
Bill Gates is stepping down from the board of Microsoft Corp., the company he co-founded in 1975 and built into the world's largest software maker, to devote more time to philanthropy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / FOCUS
Feb 19, 2020
Edison, Morse and Watson? AI poses question of who's an inventor
Computers using artificial intelligence are discovering medicines, designing better golf clubs and creating video games.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 17, 2020
Parts shortage has Sony struggling to price upcoming PlayStation 5
A shortage of components has pushed manufacturing costs for Sony Corp.'s next PlayStation to around $450 per unit, forcing a difficult price-setting decision in its battle with Microsoft Corp., according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jan 21, 2020
Alphabet CEO backs temporary ban on facial recognition but Microsoft boss disagrees
The European Union's proposal for a temporary ban on facial recognition technology won backing from Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 17, 2020
In climate push, Microsoft to erase its carbon footprint from atmosphere
Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it aims to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030 and that by 2050, it hopes to have taken out enough to account for all the direct emissions the company has ever made.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 14, 2020
Nearly 14 million computers in Japan at risk as Microsoft ends Windows 7 support
Users need to upgrade to Windows 10 or consider buying new computers as older machines may not be compatible with the newer software, the company said.
BUSINESS
Dec 17, 2019
Cobalt fallout: Tesla and Apple among firms accused of aiding child labor in Congo
Five of the world's largest tech companies have been accused of being complicit in the death of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo forced to mine cobalt, a metal used to make telephones and computers, in a landmark lawsuit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 10, 2019
Amazon cites Trump bias at 'enemy' Jeff Bezos in Pentagon cloud deal loss
Amazon.com Inc. claims the Pentagon failed to fairly judge its bid for a cloud contract worth up to $10 billion because President Donald Trump viewed company founder Jeffrey Bezos as his "political enemy."
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 23, 2019
Amazon files lawsuit against Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract with Microsoft
Amazon filed a lawsuit in a federal U.S. court on Friday contesting the U.S. Defense Department's decision last month to award a Pentagon cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion to rival bidder Microsoft.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 16, 2019
Bill Gates again world's richest person; Amazon's Bezos is No. 2
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates overtook Amazon's Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person on Friday, reclaiming the top ranking for the first time in more than two years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 14, 2019
Should people be paid for sharing their data online? Microsoft employee says people have been 'fooled'
From tagging photos on Facebook to driving with Google Maps, people should join forces in "data unions" to demand payment for letting online tools collect their data, according to an economist advocating for radical reforms to improve society.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Commentary
Nov 11, 2019
Four-day workweek could be just what Japan needs
In the sitcom "The Office," a bumbling manager spends much of his time distracting the hapless employees of a paper company's local sales branch. Somehow, despite all the antics that seem to interfere with getting anything done, the branch consistently manages to be the company's most profitable. Though...
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 5, 2019
Four-day workweek boosted productivity by 40%, Microsoft Japan experiment shows
In a rare corporate experiment to test a four-day work system, Microsoft Corp.’s Japan branch found that their productivity improved by about 40 percent, the company said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 28, 2019
Microsoft's Pentagon cloud computing win comes at a cost, legal and internal
Microsoft Corp. scored a major victory in securing a milestone, $10 billion Pentagon contract for cloud computing services. But the contract — unthinkable for Microsoft even a year ago — will likely come at a cost, legal and internal.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 17, 2019
Bill Gates defends Big Tech, says firms shouldn't be broken up
Bill Gates, who knows a thing or two about antitrust investigations, doesn't think it's a good idea to break up the biggest U.S. tech companies, as some politicians have suggested.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 6, 2019
Facebook and Microsoft launch contest to detect 'deepfake' videos ahead of U.S. election
Facebook Inc. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp., the Partnership on AI coalition and academics from several universities to launch a contest to better detect deepfakes, the company said in a blog post ai.facebook.com/blog/deepfake-detection-challenge on Thursday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 5, 2019
New U.S. defense chief insists he wasn't told to review $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing contract
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he heard questions from people in the White House about a Pentagon cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion, but wasn't directed to order the review that's under way.

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