The Digest: Ford dumps Microsoft… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Ford dumps Microsoft for BlackBerry infotainment system | CNN

“Ford is upgrading its infotainment system to make it more like a smartphone or tablet – and it is dumping its longtime software provider Microsoft as part of the change. Instead, Ford will use BlackBerry’s QNX operating system for the new Sync 3 infotainment system. Ford Sync allows drivers to navigate, listen to radio and music, make phone calls and control the car’s climate through touch or voice commands.”

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Google moves engineers out of Russia | BBC News

“Google has confirmed reports that it plans to move engineers out of its office in Russia. The company said it remained committed to Google users in the country and told the BBC it had relocated engineers in other countries on previous occasions. Google declined to say how many staff would be affected by the move.”

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Sony warns news organisations to destroy ‘stolen’ emails, documents | The Washington Post

“After weeks of silence, Sony Pictures Entertainment acknowledged a voluminous, embarrassing leak of internal e-mails and other materials on Sunday, warning numerous media outlets in a strongly worded letter against publishing or using the ‘stolen’ corporate data exposed by unidentified hackers.”

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Pirate Bay back, but takedown fails to stop downloading anyway | The Independent

“The Pirate Bay has been resurrected by another torrenting site, saying that it has restored it for future generations of users, but the brief time the site was shut down apparently failed to slow piracy at all. The resurrection comes just as an Anonymous-affiliated group appeared to release the emails of government officials in retaliation for the takedown.”

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Will Google still be the king of search By 2020? | Huffington Post

“Google’s offering is so much more than simply search now that the prospect of them suddenly losing everything is minimal, if not nearly impossible. It is however not inconceivable that they could begin to lose their market share in search over the next five years due to a variety of factors. There are plenty of internet horror stories already of big companies with big market shares losing it all – admittedly none as big as Google is now – but the precedent is there.”

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Stuart O’Connor

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