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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

Microsoft and Google financials could surface at trial

By Bill Rigby and Dan Levine

(Reuters) – Microsoft and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit squared off on Tuesday at a trial with strategic implications for the smartphone patent wars and which could reveal financial information the two companies usually keep under wraps.

The proceeding in a Seattle federal court will determine how much of a royalty Microsoft Corp should pay Google Inc for a license to some of Motorola’s patents. Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion, partly for its library of communications patents.

Nov 13, 2012

Microsoft and Google financials could surface at Seattle trial

By Bill Rigby and Dan Levine

(Reuters) – Microsoft and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit are set to square off on Tuesday at a trial with strategic implications for the smartphone patent wars and which could reveal financial information the two companies usually keep under wraps.

The proceeding in a Seattle federal court will determine how much of a royalty Microsoft Corp should pay Google Inc for a license to some of Motorola’s patents. Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion, partly for its library of communications patents.

Nov 13, 2012

Microsoft’s Windows unit head, possible CEO, exits

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The executive most widely tipped to be the next chief executive of Microsoft Corp has left the world’s largest software company, barely two weeks after launching the flagship Windows 8 and Microsoft’s first ever own-brand computer.

The departure of 23-year company veteran Steven Sinofsky, head of Microsoft’s Windows unit, was unexpected and neither Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer nor Sinofsky gave an explanation, although a senior executive at the company, who asked not to be named, said the decision was “mutual”.

Nov 11, 2012

U.S. investigator in Afghan rampage case suggests gunman not alone

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – The wife of an Afghan villager killed in a rampage blamed on a decorated U.S. officer told an Army investigator that more than one soldier was present when her husband was shot dead at their home in March, the investigator testified on Saturday.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing 16 villagers, mostly women and children, when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 10, 2012

Afghan victims say only one U.S. soldier attacked

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – An Afghan villager and two of his sons, who survived a night-time shooting rampage in March, testified on Saturday that they saw only one U.S. soldier attacking their compound, backing the U.S. government’s account.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing 16 villagers, mostly women and children, when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 9, 2012

Afghan victims set to testify in shooting rampage hearing

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – Two wounded survivors of a shooting rampage that killed 16 Afghan villagers are set to recount the experience on Friday at a U.S. military hearing to decide if a decorated soldier accused of murder in the case will face a court martial.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing the villagers – mostly women and children – when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 7, 2012

U.S. soldier’s testimony on Afghan rampage at odds with prosecution

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier’s testimony appeared to cast doubt on Tuesday upon the U.S. government’s case that a decorated colleague acted entirely alone during a killing spree that left 16 villagers dead near a remote Army base in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing the villagers – mostly women and children – when he ventured out of his camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 6, 2012

Prosecutors seek death for U.S. soldier charged in Afghan rampage

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – Military prosecutors said on Monday they would seek the death penalty for a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers when he ventured out of his camp on two drunken forays earlier this year.

The lead prosecutor, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Morse, told a preliminary hearing he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nov 5, 2012

U.S. soldier charged with murdering 16 Afghans appears in court

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in a drunken rampage in March sat quietly in a military courtroom on Monday as prosecutors outlined their case, accusing him of two murderous forays from his barracks into nearby villages.

Prosecutor Jay Morse said he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who is accused of the mass killings.

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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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