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Microsoft’s Home State’s Facial Recognition Privacy Bill Could Be Model for Others

Two months after calling for laws to regulate facial-recognition software, Microsoft Corp. is lobbying on behalf of a first-of-its-kind bill in its home state of Washington. The question is whether cross-town rival Amazon.com Inc. will support it. Amazon has asked …

Microsoft Targets Healthcare with Medical Records in the Cloud, Bots and More

Microsoft Corp. is releasing a service to help health-care companies move vast amounts of patient data to its cloud and connect with other related systems in a bid to offer clinicians, individuals and researchers a more comprehensive view of patient …

How Big Tech Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Stop Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, …

First Blockchain for Marine Insurance Now Running

A blockchain that is said to be the first for $30 billion marine insurance is now in commercial use, according to a coalition of technology, insurance, marine and consulting businesses. EY, Guardtime, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Microsoft and insurance partners Willis Towers …

Microsoft to Extend EU Data Privacy Rights Globally. Facebook, Google Not Quite.

Microsoft promised this week to give users worldwide the same data and privacy rights Europeans will get under new regulations there. That’s in contrast to some of its tech rivals, who are hedging on how much privacy protections will change …

Experts Warn of Security Flaws That Expose Most Computers, Phones to Hackers

Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings. One of the …

Microsoft Wants to Pit AI Against Climate Change

Red and green make yellow. And depending on how one feels about climate change, it could be considered a cautionary tale for the U.S. that China plans to create the world’s largest carbon market, possibly making it the lead nation …

Microsoft to Stop Requiring Arbitration for Employees’ Harassment, Bias Claims

Microsoft Corp. is eliminating a requirement that employees pursue sexual harassment and gender bias claims through arbitration instead of in court, after revelations this year of improper behavior across technology, entertainment and other industries. The tech giant also endorsed a …

Deloitte Targeted by Hackers Accessing Data From Internal Email Platform

Following record results that flagged the growth of its cyber security business, Deloitte LLP has revealed that it has been successfully targeted by a cyber attack that let hackers access data from an internal email platform. The auditing and consulting …

EY, Maersk and Microsoft Create Blockchain-Based Marine Insurance Platform

Consultancy EY, data security firm Guardtime, Microsoft and ship operator Maersk have joined to build a blockchain-based marine insurance platform that will be the first real-world use of the nascent technology in the shipping industry. EY and Guardtime said the …