Microsoft's 2014 Security Predictions
Tech Giants Getting Some Backbone
Snowden: NSA Spying Collapsing
Holiday Sales Stay Strong Online
Google's Top Searches of 2013
With a little help from its employees, Microsoft is giving the security world a sneak peak of potentially the biggest threats in 2014. But it could just as easily be the 2013 list, or even the list for 2015.
Even as President Obama meets with major tech firms about governmental snooping, some of those companies are moving to get more control of their own data. A key strategy: get more backbone.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil" that he's been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of NSA docs.
The crucial holiday season started strongly, especially for e-commerce companies Amazon and eBay, and the lull that hit last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas has yet to materialize.
Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more info on Google's search engine this year. Three of the world's four fastest-rising Google search requests were triggered by the deaths of famous men.