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Jun 29, 2015

Microsoft hands display ads to AOL, maps to Uber

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it slims down its money-losing online operations.

The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves.

Jun 26, 2015

Ex-Qualcomm exec gets 1-1/2 years in prison for insider trades

By Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – A former high-ranking executive at semiconductor
maker Qualcomm Inc was sentenced on Friday to a year
and a half in prison and fined $500,000 for masterminding a
three-year insider trading scheme.

Jing Wang, formerly Qualcomm’s president of global business
operations, made hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit
profits from buying shares of Qualcomm and another company based
on knowledge gained in his elevated position, according to the
U.S. Department of Justice.

Jun 17, 2015

Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, to leave Microsoft

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Stephen Elop, the former top boss at phone-maker Nokia, is one of four high-level executives leaving Microsoft Corp as the company sharpens its focus on software services and the cloud, Chief Executive Satya Nadella announced on Wednesday.

The departure of Elop, whose Devices group will be rolled into Microsoft’s Windows unit, signals a shift of emphasis away from hardware and back to Microsoft’s core business.

Jun 10, 2015

Microsoft to sell big-screen Surface Hub for up to $20,000

SEATTLE, June 10 (Reuters) – Revealing its price tag for the
first time, Microsoft Corp will sell a bigger version
of its new, wall-mounted video-conferencing and digital
whiteboard device for $20,000, making it the most expensive
product in its hardware line-up, the software company said on
Wednesday.

Orders start July 1 for the Surface Hub, which Microsoft
hopes will become a fixture in meeting rooms around the world.
It will run a custom version of Windows 10, Microsoft’s new
operating system due out in late July. Deliveries will start in
September.

Jun 8, 2015

More deals seen in chips as Internet of Things blooms

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – With the biggest year in chip deals since 2000 not even halfway through, mid-sized semiconductor makers appear to be prime takeover targets as the largest players look to round out their capabilities and turn their focus to chips for cars, watches and other devices, making the “Internet of Things” a reality.

Bigger is better is the new mantra, as more technologies are being squeezed onto chips and customers want to deal with integrated suppliers that can offer the broadest range of products.

Jun 2, 2015

Intel’s purchase of Altera defends its datacenter dominance

BANGALORE/SEATTLE, June 1 (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s
$17 billion purchase of programmable chip maker Altera Corp
is a costly defensive move to ward off rivals in the
prized datacenter business it dominates, analysts said on
Monday.

Intel’s biggest acquisition ever will let the Santa Clara,
California company offer twice the computing power when its Xeon
processors used in servers are combined with Altera’s
programmable chips.

May 28, 2015

Avago, Broadcom deal could put pressure on Qualcomm

By Lehar Maan and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Avago Technologies Ltd’s (AVGO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $37 billion deal to buy chipmaker Broadcom Corp (BRCM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) creates new competitive challenges for Qualcomm and may force the world’s largest mobile chip maker to radically rethink its own strategy.

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which has dominated the market for connectivity chips on smartphones, has been looking to extend its reach into data centers and network infrastructure, but may find its way blocked by an enlarged competitor combining Avago’s strength in storage and Broadcom’s power in networking.

May 28, 2015

Analysis – Avago, Broadcom deal could put pressure on Qualcomm

By Lehar Maan and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Avago Technologies Ltd’s (AVGO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) $37 billion (£24 billion) deal to buy chipmaker Broadcom Corp (BRCM.O: Quote, Profile, Research) creates new competitive challenges for Qualcomm and may force the world’s largest mobile chip maker to radically rethink its own strategy.

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research), which has dominated the market for connectivity chips on smartphones, has been looking to extend its reach into data centres and network infrastructure, but may find its way blocked by an enlarged competitor combining Avago’s strength in storage and Broadcom’s power in networking.

May 20, 2015

Insight: Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft’s plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren’t interested.

Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google’s Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. One reason is that Windows doesn’t run as many or as attractive apps as its rivals.

May 20, 2015

Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft’s plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren’t interested.

Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google’s Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. One reason is that Windows doesn’t run as many or as attractive apps as its rivals.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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