How to get involved in your community, with a discussion on how to make the most of hackathons, events and meet-ups. To join in the conversation and receive hands-on support and guidance from UK Tech Evangelists, use #apphackmonday on Twitter. For more on developing for Microsoft and if you’d like the Microsoft developer relations… Read More

With bipartisan support, the House is expected to pass legislation that would enable companies to share cyberthreat information with one another and the government. Jrwasserman / Getty Images In an effort to defend against debilitating cyberattacks like those recently suffered by Sony, Congress on Wednesday will vote on legislation that would reduce restrictions on how… Read More

This week’s episode of Data Exposed Scott welcomes Ron Matchoro,?Senior Program Manager?at Microsoft on the SQL Server team. Today, Ron introduces us to a new feature just released to Azure SQL Database called Dynamic Data Masking.?Dynamic Data Masking?is policy-based security feature that provides the ability to limit the exposure of data in Azure SQL Database… Read More

The company far outpaced spending from other tech firms in 2015’s first-quarter federal lobbying disclosures. MapLight Google ranked fifth in the amount spent on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015 among all organizations that lobbied Congress and federal agencies, according to an analysis by MapLight. The search giant spent $5,470,000; for context, that is… Read More

We listened to your feedback and are continuously improving the Azure Data Factory service. Earlier today, we released a new capability in the Azure portal which enables use-case based samples to be deployed to a data factory in a few clicks and takes less than 5 minutes! We hope this makes learning about Data Factory easier… Read More

Jerry Nixon welcomes back Colin Lyth to the show as they run down what’s in store for the Microsoft Virtual Academy during the month of December.?? Adding Style with CSS Jump Start Creating Windows Phone and Windows Store Games with MonoGame Jump Start You’ve Got Documents! A MongoDB Jump Start Open Source for DevOps Practice… Read More

Elon Musk’s latest foray beyond electric cars. A month ago, Elon Musk tweeted cryptically about an entirely new product line for Tesla. In a note sent to investors and analysts Tuesday, Tesla investor relations announced what the product line will be: a pair of new batteries. “We have decided to share a bit about what… Read More

Blink uses smartphone-powered machines to generate eyeglass prescriptions at home. Yes, it’s Uber but for eye exams. Blink / Via If you're wearing prescription glasses to read this story, chances are you got them by visiting a bland, inconvenient optometrist office. In a bid to make that process easier and cheaper, a new startup… Read More

Scott Hanselman?and Phil Haack visited the “Open Source Fest” at Mix 11 in Las Vegas just a few months ago. One of the projects that really stood out – amongst the dozens of great projects shown – was Glimpse. Glimpse is a server-side NuGet package that plugs into ASP.NET (and other technologies soon) and adds… Read More