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Microsoft buys Nokia's phone making business for $7.2 billion
On September 2, Microsoft announced that it was buying out Nokia's devices and services business for $7.2 billion. ZDNet's bureaus from around the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia covered the story throughout the week from every angle possible.
U.S. drug agency confirmed using NSA spy data
The U.S. Justice Dept. said it was "looking into the issues" raised by an Reuters story, that one of its law enforcement agencies collaborated with the NSA to crack down on alleged drug criminals. Later in the week, more Edward Snowden-supplied leaks detailed Project Hemisphere, confirming earlier reports.
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Windows 8 usage on the up, Windows XP share dropping
The latest monthly NetMarketShare reports contain a few eyebrow-raising numbers. Windows 8 is up sharply, XP usage has plummeted, and Google's Chrome browser seems to be falling out of favor, reports ZDNet's Ed Bott. There is a hovering asterisk to account for a key methodology change, however.