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Here's what's in the first update to Windows 10 since it launched in July (MSFT)

On Wednesday, Microsoft showed Business Insider the "November Update" to Windows 10, the first major changes since the operating system launched in July. 

The November Update, which was known internally as "Threshold 2," is set to go live on November 12. All current Windows 10 users are eligible and Windows 7 and 8 customers can still take advantage of the free upgrade. 

The updates can be broken down into two sections: Consumer and Enterprise. 


According to Microsoft, consumers love Windows 10. While the company is unlikely to say everyone hates its most important product, there are some good signs. "More than 110 million people are using Windows 10," according to Jeremy Korst, the general manager for Windows product marketing. (The figure,

The world's biggest PC maker is in deep trouble
Posted November 12, 2015 0:14 AM
The world's biggest PC maker is in deep trouble

Lenovo, the world's biggest computer manufacturer, reported a net loss of $714 million (£470 million) in Q3 2015 after reporting its earnings five weeks late.

The loss — which has been put down to restructuring and acquisition costs — follows a net profit of $262 million (£172 million) during the same period last year. The loss is slightly lower than analysts' expectations of $787 million (£518 million). 

Lenovo is also suffering from the worldwide global decline in PC sales. Revenue from Lenovo's PC sales declined to $8.1 billion (£5.3 billion,) while profits within the division declined 17% to $406 million (£267 million.)

Tim Cook met with George Osborne to talk about Apple Pay (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on Tuesday and "extensively" discussed Apple Pay, among other regulatory issues, according to Osborne (via Bloomberg). 

"I was thinking how extraordinary it was that you had a finance minister and the head of a tech company talking about the future of banking," said Osborne at a conference after the talks. "I want the U.K. to be the global center of fintech. We will go out of our way to make that happen." (Fintech stands for financial technology.) 

Osborne continued that he had "once dismissed" digital currencies but was now committed to making sure regulation, and regulators, did not halt innovation, according to Bloomberg. 

Apple is

Russia is reportedly going to force Twitter to store Russian data inside the country (TWTR)

Moscow is setting its sights on Twitter: The social network is reportedly going to be forced to store data on its Russian users within the country.

On September 1, a new data law came into effect in Russia, requiring technology companies to store citizens' data on servers located in Russia. 

According to Radio Free Europe, Roskomnadzor — Russia's data regulator — had previously said the law would not affect Twitter because it did not collect relevant data.

But it has now changed its position.

10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted November 12, 2015 0:16 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Apple is reportedly talking to banks about creating its own competitor to Venmo. The Cupertino company is apparently considering building its own mobile-to-mobile payments service.

2. Microsoft is letting its customers store their data in German data centres to protect them from US spying. The Financial Times reports the Californian company will store some data in facilities controlled by Deutsche Telekom.


The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Thursday.

1. President Putin has ordered a Russian-lead investigation into claims the country's athletes sabotaged the London Olympics as part of a doping scandal

2. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the UK today for a two-day official visit. During his visit, he'll address parliament and hold a rally at Wembley stadium in front of 60,000 people. 


How Silicon Valley is overhauling the Democratic Party (in 9 charts)

*This post is part of a series on Silicon Valley's political endgame from the Ferenstein Wire. See all available chapters here.

The Republican party is not the only party experiencing a grassroots political coup. A new breed of capitalism-loving and urbanized liberals is demanding an entirely new role for the federal government.

With heavy support from Silicon Valley, these new tech Democrats want the government to embrace economic disruption, with unlimited high-skilled immigrant visas, expansive trade deals, and performance-based funding that encourages charter schools to abandon teacher unions and adopt the management model of a modern startup.

Dropbox wants to sublease 40% of the office space at its headquarters

Dropbox is shopping around nearly half of the office space at its San Francisco headquarters, as the company plans to move part of its workforce to new office locations by next year, Cory Weinberg of the San Francisco Business Times reported Wednesday.

The report said Dropbox is looking to sublease about 200,000 square feet, or about 40% of the total 500,000 square feet space at its headquarters located in the China Basin area of San Francisco. It still has "years left on the lease," the report said.

Dropbox plans to move part of its workforce to three new locations on Brannan Street, a nearby area where a bunch of startups have offices set up, the report said, adding there won't be any further expansion beyond the new offices.

Marissa Mayer may have spent $70K so top execs could dress up as 'Wizard of Oz' characters (YHOO)

Last fall, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer held an elaborate "Wizard of Oz" themed photo shoot with the company's top execs that some say cost $70,000, Re/Code's Kara Swisher reports.

Mayer planned the photoshoot in preparation for Yahoo's annual "End of the Year" party. 

Although she meant the shoot to boost morale, Swisher reports that some employees found its price embarrassingly high.

In the picture, Mayer poses as Dorothy, with execs like Kathy Savitt (who recently left the company) as Glinda and CFO Ken Goldman as the Wizard.

Although the Yahoo Events Team, which originally posted the photo publicly, has

These are the 15 hottest names for men and women in the US, based on how 'swiped-right' they are

Since at least the time of Shakespeare, people have been wondering whether a name does, in fact, make something smell sweeter.

There's no denying that your name can affect the way you are perceived by others, and seeing the way this plays out in situations like dating is fascinating.

So which names do people find most attractive?

Dating app The Grade crunched the data on around 100,000 users and came up with a list of the most desired names for both men and women. To do this, they looked at the percentage of "yes" or "no" swipes for a given name (the app's interface is similar to Tinder).

They also looked at what names those people were likely to match with (i.e. Aprils tend to match with Toms).