Revealed: 74 countries demanded data on 38,000 Facebook users

Social networking giant Facebook says government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 users of the service in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States.

PS4 & Xbox One at Gamescom 2013: which came off best?

Both Microsoft and Sony offered new details, but no killer blow against their competitor

Microsoft shares soar on news of boss ‘Monkey Boy’ Steve Ballmer's impending retirement

News of a change at the top sends the software behemoth’s shares soaring

Yahoo overtakes Google in web traffic

New rankings vindicate CEO Marissa Mayer's changes to the ailing brand

Google and Microsoft embroiled in bitter row over YouTube app

Google and Microsoft have become embroiled in a row over the Windows Phone YouTube app.

Gaming reviews: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist; Charlie Murder; The Drowning

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Bank's bumper send-off for Sir Mervyn King

Sir Mervyn King received a £10,000 portrait of himself and other retirement presents worth £3,000 from the Bank of England last month, it emerged yesterday.

The future according to Microsoft: the Magic Window revolutionizes video chat

<b>David Phelan</b> has an exclusive peek behind the scenes at Microsoft’s research and development facilities – here’s his first report

Another Xbox One reversal: console will not require Kinect

Microsoft confirm that "the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in"

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Another Xbox One reversal: console will not require Kinect

Microsoft confirm that "the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in"

Amazon UK takes on Steam with digital downloads for games

New service launches in the UK (just four years after the US)

Microsoft to boost Xbox One specs ahead of launch to compete with PS4

Tweaks to the firmware will eke an extra 53MHz in clock speed from the AMD GPU

Xbox One and PS4 release dates leaked by Toys'R'Us

Xbox One listed for Novemeber 29th and PS4 for December 13th

BSkyB successfully sue Microsoft's 'SkyDrive' out the cloud

US tech giant's cloud service storage will be renamed after a "transition period"

Japanese video game designer Eiji Aonuma demonstrates his latest production

Nintendo's Wii U: sales plummet as Asda drops the console

Nintendo's console sold just 160,000 units between April and June.

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