Business Briefs: Microsoft, space tourism, Sony

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Microsoft says it welcomes scrutiny in light of security threats and data hacks. CEO Satya Nadella tells the Washington Post that criticism will make the tech industry more secure overall. Microsoft has avoided much of the scrutiny over privacy concerns other tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have faced in the last year.

British billionaire Richard Branson says space tourism is almost here. The CEO of Virgin tells CNBC that testing of the Galactic SpaceShipTwo will start in a matter of weeks and he expects to hitch a ride in the next couple months. Right now a ticket to space will cost about $250,000, but Branson expects it to drop to one-fifth that price in the next decade.

Sony says another game console is coming and development is already underway. The company's CEO confirmed the news in an interview with the Financial Times, saying it will include "next-generation hardware." It comes as gamers have shifted from dedicated consoles to playing on mobile devices. Sony's Playstation 4 was released in 2013.

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