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Microsoft Faces China Backlash to Windows Amid U.S. Spat

 China’s government took another step against Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) by telling officials in one province not to use Windows 8 software, marking an escalation in the dispute with the U.S. over spying and hacking allegations. Jiangsu province, south of Shanghai, canceled purchases of computers running the software in February after receiving a government notification, according

Microsoft to Warn Users of Government Requests for Information

 Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will start giving users more information about government requests for data, seeking to provide greater transparency and reassure consumers about how their activities are being monitored. “Microsoft is updating its policy to expand routine notification of users about government requests for data, unless specifically prohibited by law,” Kathy Roeder, a spokeswoman for

Facebook to Buy Messaging App WhatsApp for $19 Billion

 Facebook Inc. (FB), the world’s largest social network, agreed to purchase mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. for as much as $19 billion in cash and stock, the biggest Internet acquisition in more than a decade. The accord includes $12 billion in stock, $4 billion in cash and $3 billion in restricted shares, Facebook said yesterday in