CNBC: Microsoft indefinitely postpones return to U.S. offices as Covid cases surge

CNBC: Microsoft indefinitely postpones return to U.S. offices as Covid cases surge. “Microsoft said Thursday it will indefinitely delay the reopening of its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and its other U.S. offices as the coronavirus continues to proliferate in the country. The software and hardware maker did not provide a new date to replace the Oct. 4 target it had announced in early August.”

Ars Technica: Windows Movie Maker Redux? Microsoft acquires web-based video editor Clipchamp

Ars Technica: Windows Movie Maker Redux? Microsoft acquires web-based video editor Clipchamp. “Microsoft hasn’t updated its old Windows Movie Maker software since 2012, and it hasn’t even offered the old version for download since 2017, leaving Windows users to fend for themselves when it comes to beginner-friendly editing and sharing of video clips. That situation will hopefully change thanks to Microsoft’s acquisition of Clipchamp, a web-based video-editing tool. Clipchamp includes a variety of built-in templates for family-video editors, Twitch and YouTube streamers, and businesses putting together ads or other branded videos.”

CNET: Microsoft Start gives you a personalized news feed. Here’s how to use it

CNET: Microsoft Start gives you a personalized news feed. Here’s how to use it. “A new website and app from Microsoft wants to help you cut down on the time you spend scrolling through different sites to find the news you need. Microsoft Start is a personalized news feed that builds on services like MSN.com, Microsoft News and Microsoft’s widgets, aiming to give easier access to the news you care about most across all your devices.”

VentureBeat: Bias persists in face detection systems from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google

VentureBeat: Bias persists in face detection systems from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. “Companies say they’re working to fix the biases in their facial analysis systems, and some have claimed early success. But a study by researchers at the University of Maryland finds that face detection services from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google remain flawed in significant, easily detectable ways. All three are more likely to fail with older, darker-skinned people compared with their younger, whiter counterparts. Moreover, the study reveals that facial detection systems tend to favor ‘feminine-presenting’ people while discriminating against certain physical appearances.”

Engadget: Microsoft releases an improved Windows 11 PC health check app

Engadget: Microsoft releases an improved Windows 11 PC health check app. “When Microsoft released the Windows 11 Insider preview earlier this summer, it did so with some confusion around minimum system requirements. It quickly reversed course, saying that more people could install the software update than its requirements originally stated so the company could gather more performance on how the OS performed. After a few months of users testing and providing feedback, Microsoft says that, for the most part, its system requirements from June will stand — but there are a few notable changes.”

Microsoft warns cloud customers of flaw that may have exposed databases: report (Marketwatch)

MarketWatch: Microsoft warns cloud customers of flaw that may have exposed databases: report. “Reuters reported that Microsoft warned of a major flaw in its flagship Azure Cosmos DB database service, which could allow hackers to read, change or delete data. The vulnerability was discovered by cybersecurity company Wiz, whose chief technology officer used to be CTO for Microsoft’s cloud security unit. Microsoft agreed to pay Wiz $40,000 for reporting the flaw, Reuters reported, citing an email.”

Ubergizmo: Microsoft, Google Release Urgent Update That Patches Browser Vulnerability

Ubergizmo: Microsoft, Google Release Urgent Update That Patches Browser Vulnerability. “If you are using either Microsoft Edge or Google’s Chrome, then you might want to update your browsers ASAP. This is because both companies have pushed out an urgent update for both their browsers due to a Level 4 Drive-by exploit that has been discovered that could lead to disastrous consequences.” I have yet to see a patch, but I’m on Linux, so YMMV.

Ars Technica: The once-doomed MS Paint gets its first redesign in over a decade

Ars Technica: The once-doomed MS Paint gets its first redesign in over a decade. “The latest Windows 11 app to get a coat of paint is Paint, everyone’s favorite meme-making sketching and doodling app. It’s not available for download for Windows Insiders yet, but Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay posted a brief video of the new design, showing off its updated look, a new dark mode, better text tools, updated brushes, and other tweaks that collectively serve to modernize the app a bit.”

Microsoft: Evasive Office 365 phishing campaign active since July 2020 (Bleeping Computer)

Bleeping Computer: Microsoft: Evasive Office 365 phishing campaign active since July 2020. “Microsoft says that a year-long and highly evasive spear-phishing campaign has targeted Office 365 customers in multiple waves of attacks starting with July 2020. The ongoing phishing campaign lures targets into handing over their Office 365 credentials using invoice-themed XLS.HTML attachments and various information about the potential victims, such as email addresses and company logos.”

Microsoft Warns: Another Unpatched PrintNightmare Zero-Day (ThreatPost)

ThreatPost: Microsoft Warns: Another Unpatched PrintNightmare Zero-Day. “One day after dropping its scheduled August Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft issued a warning about yet another unpatched privilege escalation/remote code-execution (RCE) vulnerability in the Windows Print Spooler. The zero-day bug, tracked as CVE-2021-36958, carries a CVSS vulnerability-severity scale rating of 7.3, meaning that it’s rated as ‘important.’”