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Nov 19, 2012

Yahoo shares reach 18-month high as investors warm to new CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc shares reached their highest level in a year and a half, as investor confidence grows that new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer can pull off a comeback that eluded three of her predecessors.

The Internet pioneer has yet to actually provide Wall Street with any hard evidence that its business is turning a corner – and she has warned that it will be a lengthy job – but investor faith in the ex-Google executive is running high.

Nov 16, 2012

Exclusive: Facebook offering e-retailers sales tracking tool

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc wants more credit for making online cash registers ring.

Facebook will begin rolling out on Friday a new tool which will allow online retailers to track purchases by members of the social network who have viewed their ads.

Nov 16, 2012

Facebook offering e-retailers sales tracking tool

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc wants
more credit for making online cash registers ring.

Facebook will begin rolling out on Friday a new tool which
will allow online retailers to track purchases by members of the
social network who have viewed their ads.

Nov 16, 2012

New Microsoft mantra after Sinofsky: Teamwork

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The sudden departure of powerful Windows boss Steven Sinofsky this week is the first step in a plan by CEO Steve Ballmer to remodel Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) as a much more integrated operation in an attempt to take on Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) at their own game.

After nearly 13 years at the helm of the world’s largest software maker, which just launched its first own-brand computer, sources inside the company say Sinofsky’s departure signals Ballmer’s new-found focus on co-operation between its self-sufficient – and sometimes warring – units.

Nov 16, 2012

Analysis: New Microsoft mantra after Sinofsky – Teamwork

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The sudden departure of powerful Windows boss Steven Sinofsky this week is the first step in a plan by CEO Steve Ballmer to remodel Microsoft Corp as a much more integrated operation in an attempt to take on Apple Inc and Google Inc at their own game.

After nearly 13 years at the helm of the world’s largest software maker, which just launched its first own-brand computer, sources inside the company say Sinofsky’s departure signals Ballmer’s new-found focus on co-operation between its self-sufficient – and sometimes warring – units.

Nov 14, 2012

Facebook stock jumps as share lockup expires

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc
jumped as much as 11.2 percent on Wednesday, even as the
biggest block of shares held by insiders became eligible for
sale for the first time since the social media company’s
disappointing debut in May.

Facebook shares were up 8.8 percent at $21.60 in heavy
mid-day trading on the Nasdaq, off an earlier high at $22.09.

Nov 14, 2012

Facebook jumps as lockup expires on big block of shares

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc
jumped as much as 11.2 percent on Wednesday, even as the
biggest block of shares held by insiders became eligible for
sale for the first time since the social media company’s
disappointing debut in May.

Facebook shares were up 8.5 percent at $21.54 in heavy
morning trade on the Nasdaq, off an earlier high at $22.09.

Nov 14, 2012

Facebook stock up as lock-up expires on largest block of shares

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc jumped 10 percent in early trading on Wednesday, even as the biggest block of shares held by insiders became eligible for sale for the first time since the social media company’s disappointing debut in May.

In heavy morning trading, Facebook gained $2.02 to $21.89.

“While the lock-up is expiring, there is nothing requiring anybody to sell,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer at Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York. “Given the low price, these long-term holders are deciding to hold the stock and that is lifting it here as the fear of the expiration subsides.”

Nov 12, 2012

Analysis: Google’s Android finally earns respect with developers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The mobile video game Kingdoms at War is popular with owners of Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android smartphones alike. But for the game’s maker, there is a very important difference – it earns more than double the money on iPhones and iPads than it does on Android devices.

The disparity is a weakness for Android, which has emerged as the world’s most widespread mobile operating system, but has long suffered second-class status among software app developers who prefer the prestige, higher revenue potential and uniformity of Apple’s rival platform.

Nov 12, 2012

Google’s Android finally earns respect with developers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The mobile video game Kingdoms at War is popular with owners of Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android smartphones alike. But for the game’s maker, there is a very important difference – it earns more than double the money on iPhones and iPads than it does on Android devices.

The disparity is a weakness for Android, which has emerged as the world’s most widespread mobile operating system, but has long suffered second-class status among software app developers who prefer the prestige, higher revenue potential and uniformity of Apple’s rival platform.

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