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Mar 15, 2012

U.S. troops numb, uncertain after Afghan massacre

LAKEWOOD, Washington (Reuters) – Around the home base of the American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians there is a sense of dedication to a tough job, but stress from years of battle in repeated tours in the “sand box” of Iraq and Afghanistan is eating away at troops.

“A lot of the guys, especially those with a lot of deployments, have built up a numbness to people being killed or hurt,” said one veteran of six tours abroad, including Iraq and Afghanistan, describing his own reaction to the weekend shooting. “The people who hate us are going to put a bad spin on us no matter what we do.”

Mar 12, 2012

U.S. home base of Afghan massacre suspect scarred by scandals

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – Long before the U.S. soldier suspected of slaying 16 Afghan villagers was identified as an Army sergeant from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the installation had earned a reputation as the most troubled outpost in the U.S. military.

The Army station near Tacoma, Washington, has come under scrutiny as the home of several soldiers involved in wartime atrocities in 2010 and a base scarred by a record number of suicides last year. It has deployed troops repeatedly to Iraq, and late last year, sent soldiers to Afghanistan.

Mar 8, 2012

Former top Microsoft exec says world is over the PC

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Ray Ozzie, the man who succeeded Bill Gates as Microsoft Corp’s tech visionary, believes the world has moved past the personal computer, potentially leaving behind the world’s largest software company.

The PC, which was Microsoft’s foundation and still determines the company’s financial performance, has been nudged aside by powerful phones and tablets running Apple Inc and Google Inc software, the former Microsoft executive said.

Mar 2, 2012

Boeing exec: 787 long-term build rate on track

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co will build 10 787 Dreamliners per month by the end of 2013, the head of the plane-maker’s commercial airplanes division said on Friday, shrugging off industry concerns that a glitch in the fuselage will put the goal out of reach.

“It shouldn’t,” Jim Albaugh said on the sidelines of an event marking the 1,000th delivery of Boeing’s widebody 777. Dubai-based Emirates Airline will receive the plane this month.

Feb 29, 2012

Microsoft releases Windows 8 for public testing

BARCELONA/SEATTLE, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
released an incomplete version of Windows 8 for the
public to download and try out on Wednesday, looking to rev up
excitement for the slick, new-look operating system that it
hopes will restore its fading tech supremacy.

Windows 8, as the first Microsoft operating system
compatible with low-power microprocessors designed by ARM
Holdings Plc, will run on tablets as well as desktops
and laptops, in an effort to counter the runaway success of
Apple Inc’s iPad.

Feb 29, 2012

Microsoft opens Windows 8 for public testing

BARCELONA/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp opened up an incomplete version of Windows 8 for the public to download and test on Wednesday, looking to rev up excitement for its slick, new-look operating system which it hopes will restore its fading tech supremacy.

Windows 8, as the first Microsoft operating system compatible with low-power microprocessors designed by ARM Holdings Plc, will run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops, in an effort to counter the runaway success of Apple Inc’s iPad.

Feb 29, 2012

Microsoft unveils Windows 8 for public test

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp unveils the first widely available test version of Windows 8 on Wednesday, giving the public the first chance to try out the slick, new-look operating system it hopes will restore the company’s fading tech supremacy.

Windows 8, as the first Microsoft operating system compatible with low-power microprocessors designed by ARM Holdings Plc, will run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops.

Feb 29, 2012

Boeing delivers biggest 747 to secret VIP buyer

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co handed over the first passenger version of its upgraded and extended 747 to a secret VIP customer, who sent the gleaming, all-white plane along to a modification center to transform it into the “jewel of the sky.”

The delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental – Boeing’s largest and most recognizable commercial airplane – caps a development delay of more than a year.

Feb 28, 2012

Boeing delivers new upgraded 747 to VIP buyer

Feb 28 (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Tuesday handed
over the first passenger version of its upgraded 747 to a secret
VIP customer, who sent the plane along to a modification center
to transform it into the “jewel of the sky.”

The delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental – Boeing’s
largest and most recognizable commercial airplane – caps a
development delay of more than a year.

Feb 28, 2012

Microsoft’s next Steve: Windows boss faces biggest test

SEATTLE, Feb 28 (Reuters) – For Steven Sinofsky, the
stern but creative engineering manager who runs Microsoft Corp’s
flagship Windows division, Feb. 29 is showtime.

On that day, in Barcelona, Sinofsky will preside over the
public test release of the Windows 8 operating system, the most
important new version of Microsoft’s cornerstone product in a
decade. Optimized for touch computing and low-power
microprocessors, Windows 8 will run on tablets as well as
desktops and laptops – and maybe even on phones in the future.

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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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