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Was Bill Gates' mugshot photo used in 2010 as a template for Outlook contacts?

This claim recently came up in a Reddit post but linked to this article from news.softpedia.com which states: Getting back to the Gates mug shot being used as the generic profile picture in Outlook ...
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Did GitHub collaborate with Chinese authorities to remove the “#2020 nCov memory” page on GitHub?

The #2020 nCov memory page [former URL] was a GitHub page. Qz explains: The project, which was started by seven volunteers based around the world, chronicles and collects personal narratives and ...
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Is Microsoft going to produce an operating system based on Linux?

I just read from this title that Microsoft is creating a Linux operating system called "Azure Sphere OS". Is this true?
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Does Windows 7 make up almost 50% of the desktop operating system market share?

NetworkMarketShare claims that, as of July 2016 (after the free upgrade cutoff), Windows 7 still beat Windows 10 in terms of market share by over 20%. Is this analysis that the Windows 7, which is at ...
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Did Microsoft say that our attention spans are less than that of a goldfish?

According to this picture from Uberfacts: Our attention spans are less than that of a goldfish. Did Microsoft actually make this claim? When? Is there any valid evidence for this claim?
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Did a successful businessman once fail an interview for a menial Microsoft job for having no email?

Years ago, I received a chain email containing an inspirational story about a man applying for the position of 'office boy' at Microsoft, being rejected for not having an email address, and then going ...
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Was every programmer at Microsoft given a copy of Code Complete? [closed]

Did, at some point, every new programmer at Microsoft get given a copy of Code Complete by Steve McConnell?
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Do 95 percent of the world's ATMs use Windows XP?

Reuters claims: Windows XP currently supports around 95 percent of the world's ATMs. Is that true? In the same article, it is said: The U.S. software company first warned that it was planning ...
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Did deep learning start at Microsoft?

Bill Gates has recently said: The ultimate is computers that learn. So called deep learning which started at Microsoft and is now being used by many researchers looks like a real advance that ...
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Did the Windows XP CD include Microsoft Bob?

Microsoft employee Raymond Chen says that an encrypted copy of Microsoft Bob is included on the Windows XP CD to take up space. But Windows XP doesn't take up the entire CD; there is a lot of free ...
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Can Skype wiretap your calls?

The Skype-Open-Source Blog speculates that Microsoft have changed the architecture of Skype in order to facilitate wiretapping: Two months ago, Skype replaces user-hosted P2P supernodes with Linux ...
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Can Microsoft's success be attributed to their abuse of a monopoly

Can the success of Microsoft be attributed to their abuse of their operating system monopolies of MS-DOS through the various versions of Windows (and other related monopolies such as the Internet ...
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