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December 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Xbox outages, IRS lawsuits, and other drama you missed last week

One holiday-shortened week gone, another arrived. Here’s a rundown of the Microsoft-flavored news you missed if you had the good fortune to unplug last week:

  • The IRS has sued Steve Ballmer and a slate of other current and former Microsoft executives in an effort to get them to testify in a long running tax probe. The agency is looking into how Microsoft treated subsidiaries for tax purposes. Microsoft said it had expected to receive a notice of an increased back tax bill this month. Company lawyers also suggested the subpoenas to executives are part of a campaign to force the company to the negotiating table regarding the taxes it paid between 2004 and 2006.
  • Microsoft, along with rival Google, agreed to host streaming video of Sony’s “The Interview,” after threats of terrorist attacks spurred some theater chains to pull the film. The online gross for the film’s first four days? $15 million, according to the studio.
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December 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Bing: Seahawks won’t win the Super Bowl

Microsoft’s Bing search engine put its algorithms to work and released a bleak prediction for the company’s hometown football fans: the Seattle Seahawks won’t repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Bing says they won’t even make the final game. The search enBing Super Bowl predictiongine predicts a New England Patriots win over the Green Bay Packers.

Bing isn’t playing favorites with it’s corporate parent, either.

Its roster of the top trending wearable technology devices of 2015 is led by Apple’s watch, followed by Samsung gear. Microsoft’s own band makes an appearance lower in the leaderboards and, for some reason, is ranked as high as No. 3 in Europe.

Some of the other predictions might surprise.

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January 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Meet the Microsoft employee behind the Seahawks Blitz mascot mask

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Jan. 17, 2014.] Ryan Asdourian usually doesn’t dress like Seahawks mascot “Blitz” when he’s at work at Microsoft. That’s a look he saves for game days. Asdourian created a stir this week when he showed up at the office in costume for a…

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