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Verizon closes $4.5B acquisition of Yahoo and Marissa Mayer Resigns As CEO

I am surprised this went through I figured with massive Yahoo email hack that this deal would have fallen through. For Yahoo’s sake, I am glad it did not considering this is a lifeline for them since they turned down Microsoft’s offer years ago. Marissa Mayer who has impressive credentials I am sure will find her footing at another company. I don’t blame Marissa Mayer by the time she came on board Yahoo was already on life support.

Mozilla Announced Firefox 54

I have not seen this much buzz around Firefox in a long time many users including myself feel the browser is much better than the last version which used to slow my machine down to a crawl. Mozilla’s Nick Nguyen explains. “Our new version of Firefox nails the ‘just right’ balance between memory and speed.”

Microsoft Finally Brings Office 365 To Windows Store

I am not sure why this took so long but Microsoft has finally added their own apps to the Windows Store. “Windows 10 S runs the rich desktop Office apps including popular productivity apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook,” Microsoft goes on to say. “The full suite of Office apps in preview are currently available to download today with Office 365 in the Windows Store for Windows 10 S. On Surface Laptop, you can simply open the Start menu and click on any of the Office app icons like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to launch the download from the Store.”

Big Patch Tuesday For Microsoft

As Microsoft does on the second Tuesday of every month they release updates named Patch Tuesday. The number of supported operating system versions shrank by one as Vista support ended back in April 2017. The same is true for the Windows 10 RTM version which is also no longer supported. Microsoft included a Windows XP patch in its June Patch Tuesday releases for a zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer 8. This was unexpected but Microsoft said it was necessary due to an “Elevated Risk.”

Google Drive Will Soon Back Up Your Entire Computer

Google Drive is competing with not just OneDrive, Dropbox or Box anymore but with Carbonite, iCloud and Spider Oak offering a full backup solution for computers. Google will have all the feature of a desktop backup system starting June 28th.

The New York Times is Using Google AI

The New York Times is using Google AI (Artificial Intelligence) to expand their comments from 10 percent of articles to 80 percent by the end of the year, without adding more moderators to its staff. On Tuesday, The New York Times Rolled out a new comment moderation tool using software from Google called Perspective. The Moderator tool will automatically approve some comments and help moderators wade through others more quickly.

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