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Microsoft confirmed that Windows 11 will be available on new PCs and as a free upgrade starting Oct. 5.

Why it matters: PC makers usually plan new models around updates to Windows, and it's been a while since there has been a major new release.

The big picture: Computer makers will start marketing their computers as "ready for Windows 11" ahead of that time and all those machines — plus millions of existing ones — can be upgraded for free.

Catch up quick: Previewed back in June, Windows 11 is the biggest update to Microsoft's flagship operating system in years, adding support for Android apps and built-in Microsoft Teams video chat, along with other changes.

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Microsoft seizes websites from Chinese hacking group

Microsoft company logo is seen during the SmartCity Expo World Congress 2021. Photo: Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Microsoft announced Monday that it has seized a number of websites that were being used by a China-based hacking firm to carry out cyberattacks in 29 countries, including the U.S.

Why it matters: Microsoft said it believed the sites "were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations."

Updated 19 mins ago - Economy & Business

Tax season nightmare ahead for understaffed IRS

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The IRS will start accepting 2021 tax returns in less than a week, and the filing delays and administrative headaches to come might eclipse last year — which was “one of the worst filing seasons," according to an independent advocacy agency within the IRS.

Why it matters: For taxpayers, especially with complex or paper filings, this means headaches, delayed refunds, and mistakes.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.