Microsoft skips ‘Windows 9,’ jumps straight to launching ‘Windows 10’

Image shows the start menu of Windows 10.

The odd decision to skip ahead could be a way to signal a clean break from Windows 8.

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    Google ordered by German commissioner to stop data profiling

    Google ordered by German commissioner to stop data profiling

    Coming to a head is the question of whether U.S.-born, ad-driven Web services like Gmail, YouTube and Facebook can peacefully co-exist with a Europe that is enormously sensitive about possible incursions on personal privacy.

    Feds allege hackers stole info from Microsoft, sold fake pre-release Xbox One

    Feds allege hackers stole info from Microsoft, sold fake pre-release Xbox One

    Unsealed indictment alleges hacking ring targeted video game developers.

    The Switchboard: Attorney General doesn’t like tech companies’ plans for encryption expansion on mobile devices

    The Switchboard: Attorney General doesn’t like tech companies’ plans for encryption expansion on mobile devices

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    The potential and peril of data mining health records

    The potential and peril of data mining health records

    Doctors could customize care to a level never seen before, but a host of issues stand in the way.

    Meet Share America, the U.S. State Department’s Upworthy clone

    Meet Share America, the U.S. State Department’s Upworthy clone

    The nation’s public diplomats get into the viral media game.

    Health department applies “Shark Tank” philosophy to the work of the bureaucracy

    Health department applies “Shark Tank” philosophy to the work of the bureaucracy

    HHS Demo Day is a chance for agency employees to pitch their next big idea.

    Holder urges tech companies to leave device backdoors open for police

    Holder urges tech companies to leave device backdoors open for police

    His remarks followed announcements from Apple and Google earlier this month of new smartphone encryption policies.

    The curious ‘rise’ of Ello and why you can’t quit Facebook

    The curious ‘rise’ of Ello and why you can’t quit Facebook

    Dead disco syndrome, business model questions and the social obligation factor that keeps you plugged in.

    The sports blackout rule has just been sacked by the FCC

    The sports blackout rule has just been sacked by the FCC

    The agency lifted the 40-year-old ban on local broadcasts of games that didn’t sell out.

    Mozilla: Just 5 percent of computer science kids go into nonprofits. We’re going to change that.

    Mozilla: Just 5 percent of computer science kids go into nonprofits. We’re going to change that.

    A new fellowship from the maker of the Firefox browser will place civic-minded tech geeks at public interest groups.

    eBay to spin off PayPal in 2015

    eBay to spin off PayPal in 2015

    In today’s climate of fast-moving innovation in e-commerce and new competition in the online payments space, eBay no longer believes it’s advantageous for the businesses to be tethered together.

    The Switchboard: Did Butterfly Labs profit from its own customers’ merchandise?

    The Switchboard: Did Butterfly Labs profit from its own customers’ merchandise?

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    Why an aging population may be good for innovation

    Why an aging population may be good for innovation

    Forget the consensus that older generations are a burden.

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    Stanford professor explains the mental cost of media multitasking

    Stanford professor explains the mental cost of media multitasking

    Stanford professor Cliff Nass discusses his research on multitasking and its effect on the brain in 2009. Nass was a professor of communication at Stanford University, co-creator of the Media Equation theory. He died last year.

    What Apple and Spotify still haven’t solved: Streaming doesn’t pay the bills

    What Apple and Spotify still haven’t solved: Streaming doesn’t pay the bills

    Streaming music is becoming the new norm, but it just doesn’t make up for sliding digital and CD sales.

    The Internet is still ‘shellshocked’ by latest bug -- but it won’t be the last

    The Internet is still ‘shellshocked’ by latest bug -- but it won’t be the last

    The fallout from the latest big tech vulnerability exposes structural deficiencies in the digital infrastructure that props up the Internet.

    Maker of app marketed as a tool for catching ‘cheating’ spouses arrested

    Maker of app marketed as a tool for catching ‘cheating’ spouses arrested

    Critics have described the tools of StealthGenie as ways to help domestic abusers stalk victims.

    The FCC could end its support for sports TV blackouts Tuesday

    The FCC could end its support for sports TV blackouts Tuesday

    A four-decade-old rule preventing home games from being shown on broadcast TV may be getting sacked Tuesday.

    The FTC doubles down on its net neutrality ambitions

    The FTC doubles down on its net neutrality ambitions

    An FTC commissioner says the agency would lose some authority to protect consumers if the FCC starts regulating broadband differently.

    The Switchboard: Facebook to leverage user data for cross-device ad platform

    The Switchboard: Facebook to leverage user data for cross-device ad platform

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    What the U.S. can gain from India

    What the U.S. can gain from India

    India immigrants are one of the reasons America remains the world leader in innovation.

    Standout Start-ups: Vol. III

    Here are four promising companies in the consumer technology space.

    The toughest case: What if Osama bin Laden had an iPhone?

    The toughest case: What if Osama bin Laden had an iPhone?

    What if police got that phone and couldn’t crack it?

    Privacy is tech’s latest marketing strategy

    Privacy is tech’s latest marketing strategy

    Privacy, security and the race for consumers’ dollars.