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Microsoft is planning to kill off its graphics editing program 'Paint' after 32 years (MSFT)

Microsoft is planning to kill off Paint when Windows 10's Fall Creators Update arrives later this year, The Guardian reports.

The program would be missing from a Windows release for the first time in 32 years, when it was first introduced in 1985's Windows 1.0.

Microsoft will retain Paint 3D, which it introduced with the Windows 10 Creators Update back in April, but the program doesn't share much with the three-decade-plus old Paint everyone knows and loves (or hates).

Paint 3D is designed to work with three-dimensional image making tools, and also allows for some basic 2D editing, but it doesn't look nor behave like the original one.


Microsoft's AI chatbot says Windows is 'spyware'

Microsoft's AI is acting up again.

A chatbot built by the American software giant has gone off-script, insulting Microsoft's Windows and calling the operating system "spyware."

Launched in December 2016, Zo is an AI-powered chatbot that mimics a millennial's speech patterns — but alongside the jokes and emojis it has fired off some unfortunate responses, which were first noticed by Slashdot.

Business Insider was also able to solicit some anti-Windows messages from the chatbot, which lives on Facebook Messenger and Kik.

When we asked "is windows 10 good," Zo replied with a familiar joke mocking Microsoft's operating system: "It's not a bug, it's a feature!' - Windows 8." We asked for more info, to which Zo bluntly replied: "Because it's Windows latest attempt at Spyware."


Uber competitor Grab has raised $2.5 billion from Asian tech giants

Grab, a taxi-hailing service operating in South East Asia, announced on Monday that it has raised $2 billion (£1.5 billion) from Japanese tech investor Softbank and its Chinese equivalent, Didi Chuxing.

It expects to raise a further $500 million (£385 million) from other investors before the funding round is closed, bringing the total investment for the round to $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion). Grab claims the investment would be the largest ever to be made into a technology startup in Southeast Asia.


10 things in tech you need to know today (AMZN, AAPL)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. The first "Pokémon GO" event turned out to be a disaster, and people are getting refunds and bonuses. The event took place in Chicago and hosted about 20,000 people in Grant Park, but a server outage made the game impossible to play.

2. China is forcing the citizens of Xinjiang, a Muslim-majority area, to install spyware on their phones. People who won't cooperate risk up to 10 days in jail.

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President Nixon had this 'MOON DISASTER' speech ready in case Apollo 11 astronauts died

Three Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon and safely returned to Earth in July 1969. NASA knew the mission was very risky, so the White House prepared remarks in case the astronauts died. President Nixon's speechwriter, William Safire, drafted the backup speech, titled "IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER", which was publicly released 30 years later.

Forty-eight years ago this month, people around the world were glued to their TVs and radios as the first astronauts landed on the moon.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins — the crew of NASA's Apollo 11 mission — blasted into space atop a giant Saturn V rocket on July 16, 1969. About a week later, on July 24, they safely splashed down in the North Pacific Ocean.


Scaramucci defends deleting old pro-Hillary Clinton, anti-climate change denying, pro-gun control tweets after becoming Trump's communications director

In his first days as the newly minted White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has spent some time deleting old tweets that don't align with his new boss's views.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace said it was an understandable move, and pulled up a 2012 tweet in which Scaramucci advocated for tougher gun control laws.

"We (the USA) has 5% of the world's population but 50% o f the world's guns," the tweet in question said. "Enough is enough. It is just common sense to apply more controls."

Wallace reminded Scaramucci that "all this stuff lives forever," and asked if he still believed that.


Kellyanne Conway says the Trump-Russia investigation is 'not a big story' in contentious, meandering CNN interview

Senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday that the ongoing controversy over President Donald Trump and his campaign's possible ties to Russia was "not a big story."

The contentious interview with CNN's "Reliable Sources" host, Brian Stelter, frequently went off the rails.

Stelter asked Conway whether the Trump administration's combative approach toward the press was an effort to appeal to the president's base.

"No, and again, you want that to say the president said on November 9th, as he was elected, as Hillary Clinton called my cell phone and congratulated and — important word — conceded," Conway said. "I know they can't — they can't let go of these election results."


'We rough each other up a little': Scaramucci tries to move past friction with Reince Priebus

In the first public moments of his tenure as White House communications director on Friday, Anthony Scaramucci addressed the reported turmoil between himself and and a top Trump administration staffer.

In a press briefing Friday afternoon, Scaramucci noted the various reports of his conflicts with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was reportedly opposed to the former hedge fund manager taking a job in the administration.

"Reince and I have been personal friends for six years," Scaramucci said. "We are a little bit like brothers, where we rough each other up a little, which is totally normal for brothers. There's a lot of people here who have brothers, so you get that."


The 52 most powerful people in enterprise tech in 2017

Businesses spend a huge wad of cash every year on tech. They'll dole out $3.5 trillion in 2017 alone, according to Gartner.

2017 has seen a dramatic increase in cloud spending and the rise of new technologies in the work place like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

It's seen a crop of new public companies, and some startups that are leading the way in their areas. At the same time, powerhouses like Cisco, Oracle and Microsoft still dominate their respective markets.

And with that kind of money comes power and lots of it.

So here's a shout-out for the 52 people shaping the multitrillion-dollar world of enterprise tech in 2017.

No. 52: Eric Yuan, cofounder & CEO, Zoom

Eric Yuan


Mesmerizing maps show how religion has spread throughout the world

The five largest religion — Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism — represent about 77% of the world population.

Their spread throughout parts of Asia and Europe, and gradually down to Africa and across to the Americas, has been fractured and erratic.

Here's how the major religions have touched nearly all corners of the globe.

Many scholars agree Hinduism was the first religion to take root, beginning thousands of years before the birth of Christ. Over the span of a few hundred years, Hinduism spread throughout the Indus River Valley, or what is present-day India. As Hinduism spread, the birth of Abraham sparked waves of converts and all but consumed the subcontinent.