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Microsoft project aims to anticipate, prevent collisions

The company has partnered with Bellevue, Washington, on a traffic control system that can predict where cyclists and pedestrians are most vulnerable, and change traffic light timing to make sure accidents don't happen.

Taser switches to Microsoft cloud platform for policing tools

Taser International announced Monday that it will shift its digital evidence management tools for use with Microsoft's government cloud platform and Windows 10 devices.

New study shows that even when encrypted, heath information easily recovered from medical databases

Even when encrypted, a large fraction of data is recoverable from medical databases, according to a new study by Microsoft.

Apple, Google and massive alliance tell Obama not to weaken encryption, introduce 'backdoors'

The companies were among more than 140 civil society groups, corporations, trade associations and security and policy experts urging President Obama to promote rather than undercut data encryption technology. 

Seattle's new free WiFi can handle a crowd

A public-private venture recently installed a new high-speed wireless network in Seattle Center, one of the city's main tourist draws.

Research partnership makes urban innovation its next focus

UI Labs' new CityWorks program will focus on energy management, physical infrastructure, water and sanitation systems, and transportation and logistics systems. 

Worries mount over law enforcement using technology to disrupt protests amid Ferguson unrest

While the use of military-style tactics and equipment to quash protests in Ferguson, Mo., last week drew widespread concern about police infringing on First Amendment rights, some civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned about software that law enforcement could potentially exploit to thwart protests as well.

State Department still probing system crash that's hindering ability to process passports, visas

The Consular Consolidated Database, or CCD, suffered a major performance breakdown resulting from a standard, scheduled software update, according to the department. Yet, the actual root cause of the incident and the details of what may have impacted the systems—either software or hardware failures—have not yet been determined, officials said.

Climate data initiative teams technology, agriculture industries to secure national food supplies

The White House is reaching out to the nation's technology and agricultural sectors to develop new methods to monitor and respond to climate change, especially capabilities to ensure that crops and food distribution systems can cope with future climate-related disruptions.

American tech industry suffering due to unresolved surveillance policy issues, says exec

One year after U.S. government surveillance activities were revealed by former Defense Department contractor Edward Snowden, American technology companies continue to feel negative repercussions, said Brad Smith, executive vice president and general Counsel for Microsoft.