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Jul 11, 2013

Ballmer tightens grip on Microsoft with major revamp

SAN FRANCISCO, July 11 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s
sweeping re-organization on Thursday creates a company that,
more than ever, bears the stamp of Chief Executive Steve
Ballmer.

The face of Microsoft since he took the reins from
co-founder Bill Gates in 2000, Ballmer stressed the importance
of improving internal collaboration and eliminating redundancies
when he released the company’s new organizational blueprint.

Jul 11, 2013

Factbox: The faces behind Microsoft’s re-organization

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The reorganization Microsoft Corp announced on Thursday represents the most sweeping re-structuring of the world’s largest software company since 2008, designed to better align Microsoft’s operations with Chief Executive Steve Ballmer’s stated goal of becoming a “devices and services” company.

Microsoft’s stronghold providing software for PCs is under threat as consumers and corporations increasingly turn to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and to Web-based software.

Jul 11, 2013

Microsoft revamp unifies Windows for mobile era

By Alexei Oreskovic

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp launched its biggest internal restructuring in five years to unify development of its products including Windows, across an increasingly wide spectrum of ways to use them, from mobile devices to the cloud.

The company is trying to address a lack of coordination and spark innovation within the $74 billion annual revenue, 98,000-employee organization. The flagship Windows operating system, developed separately for PCs and mobile devices, will now be folded into one group, for instance.

Jul 3, 2013

Yahoo acquires email management app Xobni

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc acquired email and address book management app Xobni, the Internet company’s third acquisition in as many days as it seeks to revamp its online products and boost its Web traffic.

Yahoo said it will integrate Xobni’s technology into its communications products, including the mobile and PC versions of its email and instant messaging services.

Jul 3, 2013

YouTube invests in video music site Vevo

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s YouTube said on Wednesday that it has made an investment in Vevo, an online music video hub that provides some of the most popular content on YouTube.

YouTube and Vevo also renewed the partnership that allows YouTube to feature Vevo’s music videos on its website, with the two companies sharing the ad revenue.

Jul 2, 2013

Winklevoss twins plan IPO for Bitcoin-tracking stock

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) – The Winklevoss twins, who
famously alleged that Facebook Inc founder Mark
Zuckerberg stole their website idea, have revealed plans for an
IPO that will give investors exposure to the value of digital
currency Bitcoins.

Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, which is designed to operate like
an exchange-traded fund, will initially sell $20 million worth
of shares, with each share worth a fraction of a Bitcoin, a
filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed on
Monday.

Jun 28, 2013

Facebook to pull ads from pages with sex, violence

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said it will no longer allow ads to appear on pages with sexual or violent content, as the online social network moves to appease marketers being associated with objectionable material.

The moves come a month after several businesses pulled their ads from Facebook amid reports of pages on Facebook that promoted violence against women.

Jun 27, 2013

Facebook ad products director to join online-payment firm Square

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s director of advertising products has been hired by Square in a significant coup for the young online-payments company.

Gokul Rajaram starts work at the San Francisco-based company next week as lead product developer, overseeing Square Register, the firm’s point-of-sale product for retailers, Square said on Thursday. The product allows retailers to use an Apple iPad computer tablet as a cash register.

Jun 26, 2013

U.S. regulator tells Web search firms to label ads better

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. regulators warned leading Internet firms including Google Inc. to better identify paid ads in search results, particularly as new technology such as mobile services and voice-based online services become more common.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday it had sent letters to 24 Internet search companies, including giants Google, Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc, updating its guidance on advertising practices.

Jun 24, 2013

FTC conducting preliminary inquiry of Google’s Waze acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Antitrust regulators are conducting a preliminary inquiry into Google Inc’s recent acquisition of online mapping service Waze, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The inquiry by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has not reached the level of an investigation and Google is complying voluntarily, the source said.

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