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Microsoft says 8.5M systems hit by CrowdStrike BSOD, releases USB recovery tool

Enlarge / A bad update to CrowdStrike’s Falcon security software crashed millions of Windows PCs last week. CrowdStrike reader comments 88 By Monday morning, many of the major disruptions from the flawed CrowdStrike security update late last week had cleared up. Flight delays and cancellations were no longer front-page news, and multiple Starbucks locations near… Read More »

CrowdStrike fixes start at “reboot up to 15 times” and get more complex from there

reader comments 114 Airlines, payment processors, 911 call centers, TV networks, and other businesses have been scrambling this morning after a buggy update to CrowdStrike’s Falcon security software caused Windows-based systems to crash with a dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) error message. We’re updating our story about the outage with new details as we… Read More »

Major outages at CrowdStrike, Microsoft leave the world with BSODs and confusion

Enlarge / A passenger sits on the floor as long queues form at the check-in counters at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, on July 19, 2024 in Manila, Philippines. Ezra Acayan/Getty Images reader comments 323 Millions of people outside the IT industry are learning what CrowdStrike is today, and that’s a real bad thing. Meanwhile, Microsoft… Read More »

Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott thinks LLM “scaling laws” will hold despite criticism

Enlarge / Kevin Scott, CTO and EVP of AI at Microsoft speaks onstage during Vox Media’s 2023 Code Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel on September 27, 2023 in Dana Point, California. reader comments 40 During an interview with Sequoia Capital’s Training Data podcast published last Tuesday, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott doubled down on his… Read More »

Threat actors exploited Windows 0-day for more than a year before Microsoft fixed it

Getty Images reader comments 9 Threat actors carried out zero-day attacks that targeted Windows users with malware for more than a year before Microsoft fixed the vulnerability that made them possible, researchers said Tuesday. The vulnerability, present in both Windows 10 and 11, causes devices to open Internet Explorer, a legacy browser that Microsoft decommissioned… Read More »

OpenAI board shake-up: Microsoft out, Apple backs away amid AI partnership scrutiny

Benj Edwards / OpenAI / Microsoft reader comments 73 Microsoft has withdrawn from its non-voting observer role on OpenAI’s board, while Apple has opted not to take a similar position, reports Axios and Financial Times. The ChatGPT maker plans to update its business partners and investors through regular meetings instead of board representation. The development… Read More »

The president ordered a board to probe a massive Russian cyberattack. It never did.

reader comments 45 This story was originally published by ProPublica. Investigating how the world’s largest software provider handles the security of its own ubiquitous products. After Russian intelligence launched one of the most devastating cyber espionage attacks in history against US government agencies, the Biden administration set up a new board and tasked it to… Read More »

Music industry giants allege mass copyright violation by AI firms

Enlarge / Michael Jackson in concert, 1986. Sony Music owns a large portion of publishing rights to Jackson’s music. reader comments 103 Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Warner Records have sued AI music-synthesis companies Udio and Suno for allegedly committing mass copyright infringement by using recordings owned by the labels to train music-generating AI… Read More »

Bing outage shows just how little competition Google search really has

Getty Images reader comments 42 Bing, Microsoft’s search engine platform, went down in the very early morning today. That meant that searches from Microsoft’s Edge browsers that had yet to change their default providers didn’t work. It also meant that services relying on Bing’s search API—Microsoft’s own Copilot, ChatGPT search, Yahoo, Ecosia, and DuckDuckGo—similarly failed.… Read More »

New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC

Enlarge / A screenshot of Microsoft’s new “Recall” feature in action. reader comments 142 At a Build conference event on Monday, Microsoft revealed a new AI-powered feature called “Recall” for Copilot+ PCs that will allow Windows 11 users to search and retrieve their past activities on their PC. To make it work, Recall records everything… Read More »