Microsoft’s Lost Decade, Vanity Fair
To the saccharine rhythm of a Muzak clip, Steve Ballmer crouched into a tackling stance and dashed across a ballroom stage at the Venetian Las Vegas. A 20-foot wall of video screens flashed his name as the 55-year-old Microsoft chief executive bear-hugged Ryan Seacrest, the ubiquitous television and radio host, who had just introduced Ballmer’s keynote speech for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show.
In phone calls, meetings and cables, America’s European allies have expressed alarm to one another about Donald Trump’s public statements denying Moscow’s role in cyberattacksdesigned to interfere with the U.S. election. They fear the Republican nominee for president has emboldened the Kremlin in its unprecedented cybercampaign to disrupt elections in multiple countries in hopes of weakening Western alliances, according to intelligence, law enforcement and other government officials in the United States and Europe.
The Deafness Before the Storm, The New York Times
It was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.
On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bushr eceived a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda.
Samsung Electronics, for the second time in two at-bats, has been found to have violated patents held by Apple Inc. Not too much of a surprise—as my piece in this this month’s Vanity Fair explains, Samsung has quite a history of helping itself to technology covered by other companies’ patents.
Gripping the drug-filled syringe, David Kwiatkowski furtively glanced around to confirm that none of his co-workers could see him. Then Kwiatkowski, a radiology technician at Arizona Heart Hospital, darted into an employee locker room, found an empty bathroom stall and locked himself inside.
That is the name of the “classified source” in an old email from Hillary Clinton released last week by Republicans purportedly investigating the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Facebook Leans In, Newsweek
On January 15, inside Building 15 at the sprawling Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, about 100 reporters, employees, and hangers-on packed a makeshift auditorium awaiting the arrival of Mark Zuckerberg, founder and C.E.O. of the social-media giant. Along the walls, enormous signs blared out slogans like what would you do if you weren’t afraid?—messages of encouragement aimed at the company’s employees, but ones that would probably have been better targeted at its shareholders.
The Last Days of Enron, The New York Times
It has become the icon for an era of excess: the precipitate collapse of Enron, played out over the final weeks of 2001. Now, Kenneth L. Lay, Enron’s former chairman, faces federal charges that he lied about the company’s financial state in those weeks; his criminal trial is scheduled to begin next January.