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steven j. backman

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Steven Sinofsky: Microsoft's controversial Mr. Windows 8

The software giant asked the exec to deliver a new, quality operating system and do it on time. This week, we'll find out if his sharp elbows and turf fighting were worth it.

By October 21, 2012

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If nothing else, Microsoft's keeping business consultants busy

So Steve Ballmer announces a reorganization to bring more focus to Microsoft. It's almost an annual event.

By July 11, 2013

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How Lucasfilm corralled J.J. Abrams to direct next 'Star Wars'

The Hollywood Reporter details Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy's cajoling of the "Star Trek" director and drops a bomb: The next "Star Wars" may not be ready by 2015.

By January 30, 2013

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DIY Weekend: Extreme toothpick artist a patient man

Steven J. Backman makes sculptures out of toothpicks, a long, painstaking process. If you're assembling something out of 30,000 little pieces, you need oceans of patience.

By June 4, 2011

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How Windows 8 KO'd the innovative Courier tablet

There was plenty of innovation in Microsoft's ill-fated Courier tablet. The project ultimately died when Microsoft decided to bet solely on Windows for tablet computing.

By November 2, 2011

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The inside story of how Microsoft killed its Courier tablet

Microsoft's decision to cancel its innovative Courier tablet computer a year and a half ago reverberates today, as the software giant plots strategy to catch the market-leading iPad.

By November 1, 2011

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SVN's ode to the Linux companies who might have lived...

Steven J. Vaughan Nichols talks about five Linux companies who helped the industry, but couldn't help themselves. I, too, wish that (most of) these companies were still around, getting the credit that was/is their due.

By July 27, 2007

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Pop music finally put to good use tracking space junk

Australia's Murchison Widefield Array was built to probe intergalactic gas, but it can also use FM radio waves to determine the orbits of space junk.

By November 30, 2013

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Top 5 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 8

Windows 8 is the biggest software launch in the history of Microsoft, but that doesn't mean you should use it, at least not yet.

By October 12, 2012

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Justin Bieber to grace CES 2012 (Scream!)

The great, irreplaceable Canadian singer will be promoting TOSY, a Vietnamese robotics company. What sort of robot will he be promoting?

By January 8, 2012