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theEweekly Wrap: 23 Jan

Microsoft showcases Windows 10 at company HQ

On Wednesday Microsoft unveiled its latest operating system (OS), Windows 10, at an event hosted at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The launch-date of Windows 10 has not yet been announced, though it is expected to be this year.

Windows 10 will not only become the standard OS for Microsoft's PCs, but it will also work on the company's tablets, mobile devices and Xbox One games consoles.

Some analysts have predicted that Microsoft will have no choice but to offer the Windows 10 upgrade for free, in order to retain current users' loyalty and prevent them from switching to competitors such as Apple and Google.

Back in October last year, tech analyst Michael Silver of IT research firm Gartner said: "A consumer isn't going to give Microsoft a credit card and say, 'Charge me for a new release whenever one comes out.'"

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Right to be forgotten, but only in Europe

Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond, has said the company is looking to revise its approach towards 'right to be forgotten' requests.

In May last year, the European Court of Justice ruled that individuals' right to be forgotten should extend to Google search results.

Drummond has this week voiced the search giant's reluctance to incorporate the right to be forgotten worldwide.

"It's our strong view that there needs to be some way of limiting the concept, because it is a European concept," Drummond said at an event in Brussels on Monday. "We've had a basic approach, we've followed it, on this question we've made removals Europe-wide but not beyond."

In its latest Transparency Report, Google stated that it has received more than 200,000 right to be forgotten requests, which resulted in more than 730,000 URLs being evaluated for removal.

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'While You Were Away' feature launches on Twitter

Twitter has introduced a new feature which shows users some of the more popular tweets they may have missed in-between sessions on the social network.

Now when a Twitter user opens the app or logs in after a hiatus, they will be shown a special news feed. The top of this will be full of 'highlight' tweets – as opposed to the top of their usual, unfiltered news feed.

Twitter decides which posts will go in a user's While You Were Away feed by examining a number of factors – chiefly the amount of engagement it has received.

The company has said that sporadic users will probably benefit more than avid users.

Paul Rosania, product manager at Twitter, stated on the company's blog: "Our goal is to help you keep up – or catch up – with your world, no matter how much time you spend on Twitter."

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Written by Dan Moores

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