*** Update from April 18th, 11:56
Microsoft has now deleted the nameserver record and we no longer control the subdomain. We still haven't received a reply from Microsoft. ***
If you like the animated Live Tiles which offer RSS type feed or even the animated ones that look fancy, there is something you should know. The domain which provides the content to those tiles is no longer owned by Microsoft, though thankfully a security researcher was quick to notice this and is now hosting the site on his own Azure instance. Predictably there is a lot of traffic asking for XML file updates to be able to display these feeds and according to the quote on Slashdot, he will not continue to sinkhole requests as it is running up his costs.
At this time Microsoft has not responded, so you might want to seriously consider removing any Live Tiles from your Win8/10 Start menu.
"The subdomain (notifications.buildmypinnedsite.com) is currently under the control of Hanno Bock, a security researcher and journalist for German tech news site Golem.de. The subdomain was part of the buildmypinnedsite.com service that Microsoft set up with the launch of Windows 8, and more specifically to allow websites to show live updates inside users' Start pages and menus."
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