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.
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 20 (Reuters) – As Marissa Mayer
approaches her one-year anniversary as chief executive of Yahoo,
she’s hewing closely to the struggling Web portal’s traditional
advertising model–and eyeing more video programming of every
stripe as central to the strategy.
“We’re working on various methods in terms of how we can
increase our video views, and watching,” Mayer said at the
Reuters Global Technology Summit on Thursday. “It’s clear to me
that our video business is something that’s growing a lot. It’s
something that we’d like to accelerate.”