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Apr 16, 2015

Microsoft quietly content as EU moves on Google

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp emanated an air of quiet satisfaction on Wednesday as European antitrust regulators readied charges against rival Google Inc for abusing its monopoly power in the online search business.

The software giant, one of the leading complainants against Google in the EU, has been pushing for closer regulatory scrutiny on its online rival for years both in public and behind the scenes.

Apr 15, 2015

Exclusive – Six percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Watch – Reuters poll

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – About 6 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) smartwatch according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook’s first new major product.

The poll showed the watch, marketed by Apple as a high-fashion item as well as a new frontier in technology, appealed to fewer than 4 percent of women compared with 9 percent of men.

Apr 15, 2015

Exclusive: Six percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Watch – Reuters/Ipsos poll

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – About 6 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Inc’s smartwatch according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook’s first new major product.

The poll showed the watch, marketed by Apple as a high-fashion item as well as a new frontier in technology, appealed to fewer than 4 percent of women compared with 9 percent of men.

Apr 13, 2015

IBM launches new health unit, teams up with Apple, J&J, Medtronic

SEATTLE, April 13 (Reuters) – International Business
Machines Corp, deepening its partnership with Apple Inc
to make use of health information gathered by millions
of Apple devices, is creating a unit dedicated to providing
data analytics to the healthcare sector.

Its new Watson Health unit plans to aggregate health
information from a large number of devices and providers in the
cloud and offer insights to health companies such as Johnson &
Johnson and Medtronic, which can then integrate
results into services they sell to healthcare companies.

Apr 13, 2015

Security researchers claim new Windows security weakness

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Computer security researchers said they have uncovered a new variation on an old weakness in Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system that could theoretically allow hackers to steal login credentials from hundreds of millions of PCs.

The vulnerability, named ‘Redirect to SMB’ by security firm Cylance, is similar to one found in the late 1990s that took advantage of a weakness in Windows and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser which made it possible for attackers to trick Windows into signing on to a server controlled by hackers.

Apr 2, 2015

IBM uncovers new, sophisticated bank transfer cyber scam

SEATTLE (Reuters) – IBM has uncovered a sophisticated fraud scheme run by a well- funded Eastern European gang of cyber criminals that uses a combination of phishing, malware and phone calls that the technology company says has netted more than $1 million from large and medium-sized U.S. companies.

The scheme, which IBM security researchers have dubbed “The Dyre Wolf,” is small in comparison with more recent widespread online fraud schemes but represents a new level of sophistication.

Apr 1, 2015

Chipmaker Micron forecast weakens, shares drop

April 1 (Reuters) – Chipmaker Micron Technology Inc
forecast lower revenue for the current quarter, saying it was
willing to hold inventories longer in the face of waning
customer demand for electronics featuring its technology.

Shares initially jumped 5 percent in after-hours trading
when the company’s quarterly revenue and profit beat analysts’
estimates. But after the damp forecast, the stock fell 1.4
percent below its closing price of $27.13.

Mar 19, 2015

Starbucks partners drinks maker Tingyi to expand in China

SHANGHAI/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will partner Taiwanese drinks maker Tingyi Holding Corp (0322.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to produce and sell ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages in China, becoming the latest global firm to latch on to a local peer to expand in the tricky market.

Starbucks will have Tingyi manufacture the drinks for China and help extend its distribution on the mainland, the U.S. coffee giant’s fastest-growing overseas market, the pair said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Mar 18, 2015

Starbucks brews backlash with debate on U.S. race relations

LOS ANGELES/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz has deftly navigated thorny issues such as gay marriage, gun control and Congressional gridlock, but his move to weigh in on U.S. race relations has brewed up a social media backlash.

The world’s biggest coffee chain kicked off the discussion when it published full-page ads in major U.S. newspapers earlier this week with the words “Shall We Overcome?” at center page and “RaceTogether” and the Starbucks logo near the bottom.

Mar 18, 2015

Microsoft tackles China piracy with free upgrade to Windows 10

SEATTLE/BEIJING (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software.

The move is an unprecedented attempt by Microsoft to get legitimate versions of its software onto machines of the hundreds of millions of Windows users in China. Recent studies show that three-quarters of all PC software is not properly licensed there.

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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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