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Mar 12, 2013

Boeing gets OK to test new 787 battery, wins big 737 order

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co got approval from U.S. transport regulators on Tuesday to start testing a redesigned battery for the 787 Dreamliner, putting it one step closer to getting its most troubled airplane back into regular service.

Also on Tuesday, sources told Reuters the planemaker was close to signing a $15 billion deal to sell about 170 single-aisle 737 planes to budget Irish carrier Ryanair.

Mar 6, 2013

New data offers details on U.S., global disease profiles

SEATTLE, March 5 (Reuters) – Alzheimer’s disease is the
fastest-growing threat to Americans’ health, while early
childhood illnesses and interpersonal violence are declining in
frequency, according to the most detailed research on the causes
of death and disability in the country published on Tuesday.

The findings of a research project show that among rich
countries, noncommunicable diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes
and drug and drink disorders now loom largest, while poor
countries are still chiefly threatened by infectious and infant
diseases, especially HIV/AIDS.

Feb 20, 2013

As parked 787s multiply, Boeing cash drain worries grow

/NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Paine Field Airport, next door to Boeing Co’s widebody plant north of Seattle, is getting crowded as 10 new 787 Dreamliners flank the runway, sparkling with contrasting and colorful liveries, including Poland’s LOT, Britain’s Thomson Airways and China Southern Airlines (600029.SS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

It is a similar story several thousand miles away, outside the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina final assembly building, where space is taken up by four 787s destined for Air India .

Feb 20, 2013

Boeing engineers split on contract, talks to resume

SEATTLE, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The largest group of engineers
working at Boeing Co approved the planemaker’s latest
contract offer in a vote on Tuesday, likely paving the way for a
full agreement as Boeing attempts to focus its resources on
fixing battery problems on its 787 Dreamliner.

However, members of the union representing about 23,000
engineers also authorized it to call a strike, giving the union
some leverage as parties head back toward negotiations.

Feb 20, 2013

Analysis: As parked 787s multiply, Boeing cash drain worries grow

/NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Paine Field Airport, next door to Boeing Co’s (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) widebody plant north of Seattle, is getting crowded as 10 new 787 Dreamliners flank the runway, sparkling with contrasting and colorful liveries, including Poland’s LOT, Britain’s Thomson Airways and China Southern Airlines (600029.SS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

It is a similar story several thousand miles away, outside the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina final assembly building, where space is taken up by four 787s destined for Air India AIN.UL.

Feb 8, 2013

Expect Dreamliner delays, Boeing tells airlines

LONDON/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co told two European airlines their deliveries of 787 Dreamliner jets would be delayed, underlining the uncertainty surrounding the future of the plane and the mounting costs related to its grounding.

The new lightweight, carbon-composite aircraft were grounded worldwide on January 16 after a series of battery incidents, including a fire on-board a parked 787 in Boston and an in-flight problem on a plane in Japan.

Feb 6, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro gets tough early reviews

SEATTLE, Feb 5 (Reuters) – U.S. tech writers have given
Microsoft Corp’s new Surface tablet-laptop hybrid
largely negative reviews, casting a shadow over the software
group’s hopes to take a bite out of sales of Apple Inc’s
iPad and MacBook Air.

The latest Surface runs on an Intel Corp chip and
features the full Windows 8 Pro operating system, which
Microsoft hopes will make the device attractive to people who
want to produce as well as consume material.

Feb 6, 2013

Microsoft defends frayed PC ecosystem with $2 billion Dell loan

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
is playing defense with a $2 billion loan to help Dell
Inc’s founder buy back the world’s No.3 PC maker as it
seeks to shore up support for Windows and beat back the march of
Google Inc’s Android.

The investment in the landmark $24 billion buyout led by
Michael Dell marks the latest step in Microsoft’s plan to gain
more influence over the hardware supply chain – a departure from
the decades-old, software-centric philosophy that helped it
dominate the computing world but is now increasingly under
threat.

Feb 4, 2013

Windows co-chief looking for surge with new hardware

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The new Windows 8 system is off to a “solid” start and should get a boost in sales over the next few months as new touch-screen devices hit the market and Microsoft Corp hones its retail strategy, according to a top executive.

The flagship product of the world’s largest software company, launched on October 26, has not set the technology world on fire. By early January, it had sold more than 60 million units, on par with the release of Windows 7 three years before.

Jan 29, 2013

Microsoft launches new Office for consumers

SEATTLE, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp launched
its new Office software on Tuesday, featuring constantly
updated, online access to documents from a range of devices as
the world’s largest software company attempts to tailor its most
profitable product to a mobile generation.

The new Office suite of applications – including desktop
staples Outlook email, Excel charts, Word and PowerPoint – marks
the first overhaul since 2010 and aims to beat back growing
competition from Google Inc’s free online apps.

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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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