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Tech Companies News Byte: Gamers Can't Handle the New Female Head at Xbox


Microsoft's new company reorganization promotes?Julie Larson-Green, a 19-year company veteran, to head up Xbox?a position recently left vacant by Don Mattrick in a move that has a lot of gamers very, very upset because she's a woman, who supposedly has no gaming experience. When the news hit the social gaming news site N4G, commenters were quick to point out her shortcomings.

Two French human rights groups filed a legal complaint that targets the U.S. National Security Agency, the FBI and seven technology companies they say may have helped the United States to snoop on French citizens' emails and phone calls. The complaint, which denounces U.S. spying methods revealed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, is filed against "persons unknown" but names Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Paltalk, Facebook, AOL and Apple as "potential accomplices" of the NSA and FBI.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's new reorg of the tech giant was finally announced this morning. Shifting from his previous largely autonomous business unit approach to this more integrated and interdependent organization, it borrows a lot from how former Microsoft exec Steve Sinofsky organized his Windows team. Ballmer said, ?We are rallying behind a single strategy as one company ? not a collection of divisional strategies.?