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Microsoft teams up with FBI to crack $500m crime ring

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US, with the help of Microsoft and authorities spread across numerous countries, has cracked down on vast crime ring that used an array of malicious computer networks to commit more than half a billion dollars worth of bank fraud.

Rumours emerged from trade magazine MCV

UPDATE: Sky/Xbox One rumours quashed

Sky spokesperson: "We have no plans to sell Xbox hardware as part of a Sky subscription"

Possible new measures include greater use of online filters

Government calls summit with Google, Microsoft and Facebook to block terror and pornography sites

Culture Secretary orders internet crackdown in wake of Woolwich attack and April Jones killing

Google and Facebook attacked over 'paltry' donations to internet child protection charity

Three of the internet's most profitable companies have pledged “paltry” amounts to child protection bodies, despite their continued verbal support.

The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed

Microsoft defends 'holistic' design of Xbox One: Is it sneaking a PC into the living room?

Although most of the anger directed at the new Xbox One has focused on Microsoft’s policies regarding second-hand games, the actual look of the new console has also been met with confusion.

Start all over again: Microsoft admits defeat and brings back the Start button for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has confirmed the latest edition of its Windows operating system will include a Start button.

Microsoft has confirmed that the latest edition of the Windows operating system will include a Start button, a feature that was absent from previous versions of Windows 8

Off to a false start: Windows 8.1 will feature a Start button after all

Microsoft has confirmed that the latest edition of their Windows operating system will include a Start button after all.

The Xbox Kinect motion sensing device for the Xbox One is shown during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Been watching Game of Thrones? Have a reward: Microsoft Xbox One could could give 'awards' to gamers who watch TV and adverts

Have you gorged on an entire series of Game of Thrones? Then you deserve a reward. Microsoft plans to give special “awards” to viewers in return for watching television shows and adverts on its new Xbox One console.

Price of Xbox One may be less than 360 say insiders

The Xbox One may cost less than the launch price of the Xbox 360, it is believed.

Xbox One is shown on display during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Xbox One: Gamers voice anger about proposed 'fee' for secondhand games

Microsoft has said it will control the re-sale of games for the Xbox One, drawing angry reactions from the online community.

Xbox One is shown on display during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Is the reaction to Microsoft's Xbox One any different to Xbox 360? The more things change...

Reactions so far to last night’s unveiling of the new Xbox One have been tepid to say the least. Industry commentators and internet commenters alike have accused Microsoft of straying from their brief: failing to put gaming at the heart of their new console and concentrating too much on integrating TV.

Halo 4

Steven Spielberg to produce Halo TV series with exclusive content for Xbox One

Steven Spielberg will produce a television series based on the game “Halo”, Microsoft has announced.

This product image released by Microsoft shows the new Xbox One entertainment console that will go on sale later this year. Microsoft says more games will be shown at next month's E3 video game conference in Los Angeles

Microsoft's Xbox One: Have the price (£399) and release date (30 November) been leaked by online retailer Zavvi?

Last night’s reveal of the Xbox One laid out the key features of Microsoft’s new console (all-in-one entertainment solution, continuing franchises; eight-fold increase in processing power) but the hour-long presentation still left quite a few questions unanswered.

The new Xbox One entertainment console

Xbox ONE: 'The ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system': Microsoft finally unveils its latest console

System will be able to switch instantaneously between games, films, television and the web

Live: Xbox 720 - Microsoft launches their answer to Sony's Playstation 4

Six Xbox 720 features that will change the game (if the rumours are true!)

Tonight's launch comes after months of speculation. Here, we take a look at six of the most talked about prospective features

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Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'

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Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?

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Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent

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Funds raised from the sale of poppies help the members of the armed forces with financial difficulties
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"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier

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Animal welfare charities have urged the boy band to cut the scenes

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married in Venice yesterday
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker