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Read Satya Nadella's letter to employees

Microsoft on Tuesday named company veteran Satya Nadella as the next chief executive, ending a six-month long search to find a replacement for Steve Ballmer. In a rallying letter to employees, Nadella -- only the third CEO in the company's history -- called on Microsoft to "prioritize innovation" and "help drive cultural change."

Read Nadella's full letter to employees below.

From: Satya Nadella

To: All Employees

Date: Feb. 4, 2014

Subject: RE: Satya Nadella - Microsoft's New CEO

Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first … Read more

Send a breakup letter to your carrier, courtesy of T-Mobile

There's no question John Legere and team have done a tremendous job with helping to change and reshape the wireless industry as we once knew it. During CES, T-Mobile announced as part of it's Uncarrier movement, Uncarrier Part 4 to be exact, that it would start paying early termination fees for customers currently under contract with another carrier.

A brilliant marketing campaign has followed, with T-Mobile offering to help you "break up" with your carrier. If you're on Twitter and follow Legere, then you have seen the amount of photos he retweets from various customers … Read more

BlackBerry to businesses: 'We are very much alive, thank you'

BlackBerry is trying to mark what little territory it has left.

In an open letter to customers, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has again proclaimed it is "very much alive, thank you," noting that the "for sale" sign had been taken down and that an investment in the company is secure.

If it sounds familiar, that is because this is the second such open letter issued by BlackBerry in the last few months. The company launched a similar campaign in October after it had seemingly reached a deal to go private. That deal fell through, and new … Read more

Library of Congress archive celebrates Sagan, of 'Cosmos'

The late astrobiologist Carl Sagan eloquently referred to Earth, in the view from Saturn, as a "Pale Blue Dot."

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us," he wrote in his 1994 "Pale Blue Dot" book. "On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives."

Sagan is known for making the complexities of space and the universe accessible to ordinary people. As a consultant to NASA, he helped lead the US space … Read more

Review: LetterFx layers filtered letter effects over your images before sharing

LetterFX is a fast, easy-to-use app that allows you to choose from among numerous letter-style effect filters for your images. You can load any image on your device, then layer it with transparent text, images, or shapes and numbers before sharing with friends. While the app opens without much explanation of what you can do, it works quickly and the resulting images look good for a free app.

After opening the app, you'll be greeted with a slightly messy interface and numerous filters and buttons. While it looks confusing, at first, and the interface is unnecessarily jumbled, there are … Read more

Review: Lettering & Decorating Design has a lot of features but too many barriers

Lettering & Decoration Design has quite a few options to choose from, but due to a poorly laid out interface and buried options, it takes far too long to edit and finalize an image for sharing. The result is an app that feels like it could be very useful, but is often frustrating and time consuming for even simple tasks related to editing your photos.

When you first open the app, you're given a short tutorial of how to access the menus. At any time, double tap the screen and choose from any of the menu options at the … Read more

Netflix's Hastings cautiously celebrates spike in stock price

Netflix's investors are most likely jumping off the walls today. The video streaming service came out with its third-quarter earnings on Monday, and the results are good news all around -- profit is up, revenue is up, and stock is way up. In fact, the company's stock has hit a record high of $392 per share in after-hours trading.

Despite the excitement centered on Netflix's new numbers, the company's CEO, Reed Hastings, has cautioned shareholders not to get too hyped about the skyrocketing stock price. Because, as Netflix well knows, what goes up often comes back … Read more

Ballmer: Microsoft's best days are still ahead

Steve Ballmer has penned his final shareholder letter as CEO of Microsoft. With a bittersweet air, Ballmer writes about the company's success over the past year and says that it's just the beginning.

"With the decisions we've made this year, the strategy we've put in place, the organization we've designed, the world-class talent we have, and the devices and services we are creating, we are well-positioned to deliver growth and world-changing technology long into the future," he wrote in the letter, which Microsoft released Monday.

Giving a nod to Microsoft taking a different … Read more

NSA Senate oversight bill may handcuff U.S. companies

A proposal in Congress touted as increasing oversight of the National Security Agency could instead derail legal challenges to the U.S. government's warrantless demands for confidential customer data.

Legislation introduced last month by Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, alters the ground rules that currently permit U.S. companies to object to a secretive intelligence-gathering technique, called a national security letter, used by the federal government to obtain both individual and bulk customer records.

Part of Leahy's proposal prevents companies from directly challenging the legality of NSL requests in their local courts, meaning they need … Read more

Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data

A new lawsuit in Manhattan pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against Google offers a rare glimpse of how determined prosecutors are to defend a process that allows federal agents to gain warrantless access to user records, and how committed the Mountain View, Calif., company is to defending its customers' privacy rights against what it views as illegal requests.

The Justice Department's lawsuit, filed April 22 and not disclosed until this article, was sparked by Google's decision to rebuff the FBI's legal demands for confidential user data. It centers on the bureau's controversial use of … Read more