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If you intentionally held off buying the last generation of console to save a couple of bucks, but you still want to play all those platform exclusives, now might be the time to take the leap. EB Games will sell you a Xbox 360 E console with a 500GB hard drive, plus a couple of games, for less than $100.

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Microsoft just scored a point for its customers' privacy. Today, a US District Judge ruled that the government can't avoid a lawsuit alleging that its surveillance operations violate citizens' constitutional rights. The judge in question is the same one that Donald Trump recently referred to as a "so-called judge".

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Microsoft, along with a slew of other major tech companies who opposed Trump's immigration ban, donated lots of cash and free services to the president on inauguration day, according to new POLITICO report. After donating a reported $US250,000 ($327,446) in cash, and the same amount in technical services, to the Trump's inauguration parties on December 28, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella condemned the ban in an Q&A with employees. He said, "There is no place for bias or bigotry in any society, in any context. That's where we start from. We will always as a company stand for that diversity and inclusion."

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A potentially major blow for privacy advocates occurred on Friday when a US magistrate ruled against Google and ordered it to cooperate with FBI search warrants demanding access to user emails that are stored on servers outside of the United States. The case is certain to spark a fight, because an appeals court ruled in favour of Microsoft in a similar case recently.

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Microsoft's Surface Book has always been a unique gadget — a great ultraportable laptop, with the extra appeal of a completely detachable tablet screen that contains all the smarts and processing to run proper Windows. The newest Performance Base variant of the Surface Book adds double the graphics power, without making any significant compromise on battery life — but it's also using tech that Microsoft's competitors have left behind.

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Comic Sans has gone from being the ubiquitous text choice of early web Angelfire pages to being that font that everyone thinks sucks. But for its creator, Vincent Connare, it's "the best thing I've ever done."