Microsoft Making Headlines:
Yesterday evening Microsoft announced that they would be ending a 16-year partnership with NBC. The two companies had equal ownership of the news site, MSNBC, which is one of the most-visited sites in the Unite States. NBC’s purchase of Microsoft’s half of the share will give them full editorial and business control over the site and it will relaunch next year with the new branding. The hope for Microsoft is that they will now be able to start working with news outlets other than NBC, hopefully helping them compete more efficiently with companies like Google.
Microsoft isn’t just making headlines with their withdrawal from NBC. They also released Office 2013 (also known as Office 15) today. Some of the updated features include a long list of updates, the ability to manipulate images and videos, a cleaner user interface, the ability to open, edit and create PDF documents in Word and touchscreen capabilities. Are you an Office user? What updates are you most looking forward to?
Out of this World:
If you have an extra $200,000 just dying to get used, we have a solution for you. Richard Branson, Virgin Group’s head honcho, has announced the scheduled departure for the first Virgin Galactic space flight. Seriously. He is taking his son and daughter with him into space next year and you can join them for that small fee. Taking this trip also requires a week-long training course (not included in the ticket price). This has me wondering when this Virgin-style space travel will be more affordable for the masses.
Speaking of outer space, a massive solar flare occurred over the weekend that sent a beautiful light show spiraling towards Earth. Scientists weren’t concerned with the flare, but kept a close eye on it resulting in some beautiful pictures. Some people were even lucky enough to get a rare view of some northern lights that traveled unusually south as far as 40 degrees North latitude. Did you witness the light show?
Around the World:
North Korea has announced that their military chief, Ri Yong Ho, has been removed from his position due to an illness. Questions are being raised on whether or not he is actually ill because that doesn’t typically call for a position removal and people are suspect that Kim Jong Un is hoping to proceed with a “more flexible diplomatic policy” without Ho in place.
Out in the Persian Gulf, a U.S. military supply ship fired shots at a small boat that came too close, killing one person and wounding three others. U.S officials verbally warned the boat and fired a warning shot before the decision was made to disable the boat. Information regarding the incident is still preliminary and is being investigated by U.S. officials and the United Arab Emirates.
Violence continues in Syria as they saw their most intense battle in Damascus on Monday when guerrilla forces battled loyalist units near the city center. The road to a nearby international airport was closed and Damascus remains heavily defended. An increasing amount of strength is beginning to show, but the task of taking the capital still seems far out of reach. A “fresh dimension” has been brought to the uprising with the rebels newfound “staying power” and there may be another dramatic turn when Manaf Tlass, a Republican Guard general, delivers a speech to underline “his claims to a post-Assad leadership position.”
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