week in review As promised, Microsoft delivered its final opening keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show--and had little to say.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did a lot of shouting and talking, butin his final keynote address, opting instead to run through a number of its upcoming--but previously announced--projects, from Windows Phone to Windows 8. The company, however, did say it would bring the Xbox 360 peripheral Kinect to Windows on February 1, and Ballmer said the motion-sensor device has sold 18 million units, offering up just that little nugget.
Microsoft, which has been a mainstay attraction at the show, announced in December that the 2012 CES would be its last as opening keynote presenter and a floor exhibitor.
But Microsoft wasn't the only attraction in town.into smartphones and tablets this year, announcing deals with Lenovo and Motorola. And on the way that makes use of aluminum and carbon fiber.
Patrick Leahy, the author of the controversial Protect IP Act, has bowed to public pressure and will delete the sections dealing with DNS blocking.
Twitter complains that Google's move to personalize search using Google+ is "bad" for the Internet. Of course, its own ox is being gored.
UltraViolet, the digital-locker effort supported by most of the major film studios, chalked up a big day at CES by announcing deals with Amazon and Samsung. Questions still linger about why UV has appeared to struggle to attract movie distributors.
Amazon casts flattering light on UltraViolet
Microsoft's investor chief warns that PC shipments may be lower than analyst expectations due to flooding in Thailand, Bloomberg reports.
A new study suggests that almost half of all Americans believe tablets will replace laptops. But some of its other findings might surprise you.
The company sends out invites today, teasing an "education announcement in the Big Apple" for Thursday. Could it be a textbook partnership?
The number of Internet users in China is growing rapidly, according to the China Internet Network Information Center. However, the country's penetration rate is still at just 37.7 percent.
Ads that were once relegated as "sponsored" stories on the right side of users' Facebook home pages are now labeled "featured" and being included within their news feeds.
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