Microsoft looks forward with new CEO

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Facebook looks back as Microsoft looks forward. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as its new Chief Executive. He replaces Steve Ballmer becoming the third CEO in Microsoft's history. And with the switch, Bill Gates is taking a more active role in Microsoft as a technology adviser. Satya Nadella is a safe choice as the new leader. He's been with Microsoft for 22 years, so he knows the company pretty well. He oversaw Microsoft's Cloud Services department, which includes Windows Azure and Office 365. Of course, the biggest challenge for him will be how he navigates Microsoft's future in mobile products. Microsoft has only made small progress so far taking on Apple and Google. It recently acquired Nokia's mobile site. So, now the company controls the Windows flagship line of Lumia phones and tablets. As Facebook hits its 10-year anniversary, you too can look back at all the time you spent on the site. With a feature called Look Back. Just go to facebook.com/lookback and watch an auto-generated video compilation of your photos and status updates over the years. I've been on since 2005 back when it was called The Facebook and only for college students. But for those that have not been on the network for as long, you may see a thank you card from Facebook when you visit the look back page. The future may not have flying cars, but the US government wants cars to talk to one another and I don't mean like Knight Rider. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is pushing for future vehicles to sense each other with a wireless communication link to reduce accidents and eventually decrease fuel consumption because cars can travel at more efficient speeds. The technology that exists now would let cars communicate with each other ten times a second. And if a car is breaking hard, for example, it would alert the car behind it. Of course, this is not an overnight change. It would take a few years. The Google Chromecast $35 streaming stick will soon have more apps, because Google opened the doors for developers to create their own apps for this smart TV gadget. Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port and you use a smartphone or a tablet to control streaming of video and music from apps like Netflix or Pandora. Chromecast could be so much more than just an easy way to play internet video on your TV, it really now all depends on the apps that are developed for it. That's your tech news update, but you could find more details at cnet.com/update and be sure to follow along on Twitter for the latest. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.

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