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WikiLeaks Finally Brings Back Its Submission System for Your Secrets

WikiLeaks Finally Brings Back Its Submission System for Your Secrets

WikiLeaks is finally back in the business of accepting truly anonymous leaks four and a half years after its last submission system went down amid infighting between its leaders and disenchanted staffers.

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Build 2015: Billions of opportunities with Windows 10, HoloLens magic revealed, Microsoft Edge features and Band SDK unveiled — Weekend Reading: May 1 Edition

It was a ginormous week for developers and Microsoft at Build in San Francisco. As always, Weekend Reading, at your service, with a recap of all the excitement. Read on!

Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, kicked off Wednesday with announcements about new features in Windows 10 and the unveiling of software development kits (SDKs) to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows 10. Says Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella: “Together, we will create more personal and more intelligent experiences that empower billions of people to achieve more.”


In addition to opening Windows 10 to makers, Microsoft Wednesday introduced more ways for developers to reach 1.2 billion Office users, including the new Office Graph API, expanded add-in capabilities for the iPad and Outlook, and unified APIs.


Developers at Build also saw the future revealed with on-stage demos and videos illustrating the magic of HoloLens. “With the ability to design and shape holograms, you will have a new medium to express your creativity, a more efficient way to teach and learn, and a more effective way to visualize your work and share ideas,” wrote Todd Holmdahl, who leads Microsoft’s next-generation devices team.

New features for Microsoft Edge (formerly Project Spartan), the new browser for Windows 10, were also unveiled, offering developers better discoverability of their apps. With the new browser you can write directly on Web pages (and share them), read online articles free from distraction or use the offline reading feature for greater convenience.

Speaking of apps, the Windows Store will offer a single unified experience for Windows 10 customers across devices and make finding great content easier than ever — across apps, games, music, video and other content, writes Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Developer Experience & Evangelism on the Official Microsoft Blog. Adding to the app titles announced Wednesday, Microsoft showed that Windows 10 momentum is building, with new apps from top brands including FitBit, Shazam and rdio.


Day Two of Build 2015 kicked off Thursday with an awesome drumming demo by the folks at Muzik, and even a special greeting from Questlove of Roots fame. Muzik has created low-latency Bluetooth drumsticks that enable musicians to “air” drum with full spatial awareness. Translation: No need for a full drum set and the potential for silent practice. Parents, take note! The Propellerhead team also shared their experiences building a music collaboration app across Windows, Android and iOS.

In other customer stories, Ziosk introduced sweet, new tabletop tablet technology available at Chili’s.

Also announced Thursday at Build, the availability of the Microsoft Band SDK, enabling developers to create third-party tiles using icons, text, buttons, barcodes and more. The SDK supports four platforms: Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.


Build wraps up Friday in San Francisco, but continues into May with a Build tour to 25 cities around the world.

Hope your weekend is equally awesome, though it likely won’t include a special appearance from Questlove. We’ll be back for more Weekend Reading, and a wrap up from Ignite, next Friday.

Posted by Aimee Riordan
Microsoft News Center Staff


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Build 2015 marks an important step in our journey with developers – and it’s just the beginning

Kicking off Day 2 of Build today, I had the pleasure of expanding on the news and vision that Satya, Scott and Terry shared yesterday. We built upon the big ideas and bold ambitions from Day 1 when we announced our intention to create a world of 1 billion Windows 10 devices, and to create the most attractive development platform ever through the Universal Windows Platform (with new “bridge” toolkits) and the power of harnessing data in the cloud. We took the next step today by grounding these concepts in practical business conversations and code. Add in some announcements of our own, and we were able to show real-world scenarios and solutions from some of our partners to illustrate how developers can really light up Microsoft platforms and technologies.

One of the most exciting parts of today’s keynote revolved around Media and Entertainment, starting with an incredible demonstration of drumming by our friends at Muzik, with a special greeting from Questlove from the Roots. Muzik has created low-latency Bluetooth air drumsticks that enable musicians to drum into the air with full spatial awareness, meaning there’s no need for a full drum set. Parents, imagine your kids putting on a set of headphones and doing their best Questlove impression in total silence. The Propellerhead team also shared their experiences building a music collaboration app across Windows, Android and iOS.

On John Shewchuk’s blog, he shares detailed code and walkthroughs of our coding demos.

For commercial developers, I announced support for Autodesk’s Spark platform, which will provide 3D-printing capability for Windows 10. Siemens demonstrated an engineering solution that offers immersive collaboration for engineering projects on a Surface Hub. For most developers, creating reports is the bane of their existence, and Acumatica showed how they were able to easily create a dynamic reporting solution with PowerBI.

I introduced David Treadwell and Kevin Gallo, who walked us through the process of building a Universal Windows Platform app that spans Windows 10 devices, including phones, tablets, PCs and Xbox. The Universal Windows Platform’s UX controls automatically adapt to different screen sizes, and developers can tailor applications to the unique capabilities of each device. David shared more details about how we will enable developers to use their Web, .NET and Win32, Android Java and C++ code, and Objective-C code to build new Windows applications.

Kevin showed the process of taking an application from Win32 to the Windows Store, as well as how to take a website and build a Windows app out of it. Also launched today was a showcase of some of the new rendering engine improvements for the Microsoft Edge browser (formerly Project Spartan). Kevin showed an app called Flight Arcade to demonstrate how Microsoft Edge pushes the boundaries of the Web platform using WebGL, Audio and Gamepad APIs. We demonstrated re-using this cloud-based, Web app code and bridging to Windows with full access to the Universal Windows Platform (with new “bridge” toolkits). Finally, he demonstrated the steps for bridging both Android and iOS apps to Windows.

Adding to the app titles announced Wednesday, we showed that Windows 10 momentum is building, with additional support via new apps from top brands including FitBit, Shazam and rdio. We also highlighted great partner stories, including our partnership with Box in developing a new universal app for Windows.

While many developers are looking to reuse existing non-Microsoft code to build Windows apps, we also know that there are developers who are looking to start with Windows and then move to other platforms. For these scenarios, people typically look to Xamarin and Unity as mainstays. Today John Shewchuk added another option in announcing a new technology called ManifoldJS, which is an open source JavaScript library for creating hosted apps across Android, iOS and Windows using the Web experience you’ve already made. John explains it in greater detail on his blog. One of the companies that is already building on this kind of infrastructure is SalesForce, which demonstrated their SalesForce One solution that combines the best of the Web with the best of Windows.

We aren’t done talking JavaScript quite yet. We also dove into asm.js, a strict subset of JavaScript usable as a low-level, efficient target language for compilers – simply. Think native-like performance using JavaScript. Then there’s Vorlon.js, a remote debugging and testing tool for JavaScript that helps you remotely load inspect, test and debug JavaScript code, running on any device with a Web browser only.

Microsoft and GitHub also announced the availability of GitHub Enterprise on Azure, enabling companies to develop and build enterprise-grade software by creating their own instance of the collaborative code platform already used by millions of developers. In addition, by using the GitHub extension for Visual Studio, developers can more easily connect and work directly with public or private GitHub projects from within Visual Studio 2015. With Developer Assistant powered by Bing, developers can find and retrieve code samples and projects from GitHub, the largest code host in the world. To learn more about these extensions for Visual Studio, check out our blogs: Announcing the GitHub Extension for Visual Studio and GitHub Integration in Developer Assistant.

We also introduced Pompeii, or more accurately, a 3D map of the city of Pompeii, created from 50 hours of drone scanning that generated 30,000 pictures, 30GB of data and 1,200 hours of data computation. Using an A7 Azure VM to produce 3D meshes, with 720 billion pixels and tens of millions of polygons generated from Azure, an in-browser application was created with Babylon.js that allows users to navigate Pompeii using a gaming controller.

Joseph Sirosh came on stage to talk about data, focusing on four areas: Analysis and Reporting, Real-time Operations, Predictive Analytics and Reinventing Industries. Joseph demoed an app called How Old Do I Look where he used an intelligent face analysis API in the Azure Marketplace to demonstrate PowerBI and Azure Stream Analytics. He then talked about using Azure Machine Learning to predict the future by featuring Microsoft employee Adam Garland, who beat Satya, Bing and Google in predicting March Madness – with no prior experience using Azure Machine Learning. Joseph also used Machine Learning and his own mapped Genome to demonstrate how to understand risk profiles for disease. Finally, Joseph brought out Erik Åsberg from eSmart Systems, a Norwegian startup that is using Azure services and the power of machine learning and data to reinvent the industry of power management.

We also introduced Project Oxford, beta versions of a portfolio of REST APIs and SDKs, which enable developers to easily add machine learning-powered services into their solutions to interpret and understand multimedia-like audio, text, image and video.

You can’t talk app scenarios without talking gaming – the segment that typically drives the most app revenue. Today there were some amazing examples of game developers who are pushing the envelope, like Witch from Square Enix, the first photorealistic real-time rendering on PCs with DirectX 12. We also announced a new open source project enabling Minecraft modding (modifications to the game) in the Java language from within Visual Studio. High school student Aidan Brady, a Minecraft modding celebrity and creator of the Mekanism Mod, and Briana Roberts from Microsoft, gave a demo and showed off building a simple mod in Java.

We are constantly working with developer communities and companies to host hackfests as we partner across the industry to help developers. Today I announced Reactor, the code name for the new Microsoft workspaces that we’re opening up in San Francisco. These spaces will provide expert mentorship and technical advice, meeting and co-working incubation space for early-stage startups and a central location for developer communities to come together.

We covered a ton of content in two hours and words alone can’t do it all justice. The good news is that you can see it all yourself on Channel 9, 24 hours after each presentation.

Remember that our story doesn’t end today. We are running sessions through end-of-day Friday and posting the videos online as well. Next month we kick off our Build Tour to bring the best of Build’s technical content to 25 cities around the world.

Build 2015 marks an important step in our journey with developers, but it’s just the beginning. I encourage everyone to check out the technical content, download the tools and let us know what you think.

Looking forward to building with you in the future!


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New services for intelligent apps + tools and runtimes for any platform & every device

Cloud computing started as a cost-effective, flexible way to consume storage and compute, but over the last few years it has become so much more. Higher-level services are taking center stage, ushering in a new era of “intelligence” – powered by automation and driven by data insights – that is transforming how business is done. Enterprises, startups, hobbyists and developers of all types are helping to fuel this transformation.

Today at Build 2015, we announced new tools and services to help developers of all types advance this transformation and create more intelligent apps that easily leverage massive amounts of data. With Microsoft Azure, these developers are able to take advantage of previously unimaginable levels of flexibility, productivity and data insights to build the world’s applications.

New services to power big data insights

Most businesses make decisions on a fraction of the data available to them, and this often leads to incorrect conclusions that can cost companies billions. But we believe that businesses should be able to derive insights from all of their data, no matter where it is stored, what format it is in and not matter how big that data is. To realize that vision, today we announced new services that will help developers build more intelligent apps to power more intelligent business decisions.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse takes data analytics to new levels of scale and efficiency. It offers developers the industry’s first enterprise-grade data warehouse that supports petabytes of data and scales compute separately from storage to bring the pay-per-use economics of cloud to data warehousing – ultimately offering 75 percent savings over other cloud data warehouse offerings.

In addition, we introduced the new Azure Data Lake service, a nearly infinite data repository that supports petabyte-size files and all types of data. Machine learning and big data services from Microsoft, and partners like Cloudera and Hortonworks, are integrated into Data Lake to give developers high-performance ways to store, process and reason over exabytes of structured and unstructured data to quickly deliver insights to power more intelligent apps.

Runtimes and tools with increased flexibility

Development teams build for multiple platforms, using a wide variety of languages and tools – and we understand their needs. With Azure, we support one of the broadest sets of operating systems, languages and services of any public cloud, from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux and more. Today we are taking that support one step further with preview releases of .NET Core runtimes for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX and a demonstration of Docker support for both Linux and Windows Server. We also introduced Visual Studio Code, a free, lightweight, code-focused editor that runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. Visual Studio Code integrates key Visual Studio features like Intellisense and in-line debugging for a fast, streamlined experience on any platform.

Productivity solutions for developers and ISVs

In order to deliver maximum business value, it’s critical that apps support devices of all types and easily integrate with on-premise and SaaS assets. The Azure SQL Database enhancements we previewed today take productivity to a new level with our new elastic database pool technology. Developers and ISVs can now manage the performance, scale and cost across a larger number of databases as a single pool of capacity. This first-of-its-kind offering in the big data space lets developers easily manage hundreds to thousands of separate databases per client as a single scalable service, taking advantage of cloud scale, automation and economics.

To help developers build apps that reinvent productivity we also announced the Office Graph API. This API exposes connections and data from the Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the connections between people, content and interactions across Office. Developers can use the API to surface information in Office 365 services like Delve – for instance showing Salesforce information when someone is searching for data, or connect to it from the Azure App Service using the Logic App. Developers have the ability to create a Logic App that is triggered, for example, by a document with matching keywords. In this case, a user can be alerted when a particular opportunity from Salesforce starts trending around their sales team members.

To hear more about these new technologies – from the people who helped build them – and how they can help you build your next intelligent app, follow these links: Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL Data elastic database pools, Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Visual Studio Code. Visit the Office Graph API website to learn more.

The cross-platform tools, runtimes and data services we announced today reinforce our commitment to be the platform for every developer, and to make Microsoft Azure the best backend for the world’s apps. Download our new tools now and start building the Azure-based apps and services that will take your business to the next level.

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Chrome Can Now Warn Users Who Type Gmail Passwords in Dumb Places

Chrome Can Now Warn Users Who Type Gmail Passwords in Dumb Places

On Wednesday, Google released a new extension for Chrome it calls Password Alert.

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