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Dec 16, 2011
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Microsoft goes social. Sort of.

Microsoft, which owns a small part of Facebook, dipped its own toe in the online social scene this week with a low-key unveiling of its So.cl (pronounced “social”) service.

The site, which is for students to share interesting discoveries online, looks like a curious blend of Facebook and Google +.

Dec 13, 2011

Microsoft co-founder Allen launches space project

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen is planning to build a spaceship that could replace the Space Shuttle and put paying passengers into orbit this decade.

Lifelong space enthusiast Allen is hoping to launch unmanned rockets from a massive flying carrier plane to put government and commercial satellites into space and eventually evolve to human space missions.

Nov 30, 2011

Boeing, union in early deal, would end NLRB case

SEATTLE, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Boeing Co has made an
early deal with its biggest union for a new four-year contract,
which if ratified would mean the end of the planemaker’s
dispute with the National Labor Relations Board and ensure the
new 737 MAX single-aisle plane would be built in Washington
state.

The agreement, coming nine months before the expiration of
the current contract, would give Boeing some comfort that
strikes will not disrupt its operations as it ramps up
production of many of its models, and it would give the union
the local jobs for which it has campaigned.

Nov 17, 2011
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Windows L8?

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Microsoft’s next operating system — provisionally known as Windows 8 — may not hit the shelves until early 2013, one respected company-watcher thinks, giving Apple, Google and Amazon more time to fine-tune their tablet offerings.

That’s later than most people expect for the new OS, which represents Microsoft’s first real foray into the touch-friendly, tablet-optimized world. The feeling is that Microsoft really needs to make its move before Apple’s iPad and tablets running Google’s Android march off with the whole market.

Nov 15, 2011

Microsoft shareholders grumble at brief annual meet

BELLEVUE, Washington (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp shareholders filed out of the software giant’s annual meeting grumbling that they did not get to ask more questions in their once-a-year opportunity to quiz Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer.

The gathering broke up with only a smattering of applause from 450 or so in attendance, while a handful of shareholders angrily shouted for more time to ask questions, after a strictly enforced 15 minutes.

Nov 11, 2011

Army sergeant gets life prison term for Afghan murders

TACOMA, Wash (Reuters) – A U.S. Army sergeant was convicted by court-martial on Thursday of murdering unarmed civilians and cutting fingers from corpses as ringleader of a rogue platoon that terrorized villagers in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

The guilty verdict on all counts, returned after five hours of deliberations, carried an automatic life prison sentence, but the five-member jury panel then decided that Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, would be eligible for parole in 8-1/2 years.

Nov 11, 2011

Army sergeant convicted of Afghan murders

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. Army sergeant was convicted by court-martial on Thursday of murdering unarmed civilians and cutting fingers from their corpses as ringleader of a rogue platoon in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

The guilty verdict on all counts, returned after five hours of deliberations, carried an automatic life prison sentence, but the five-member jury panel then decided that Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, would be eligible for parole in 8 1/2 years.

Nov 10, 2011

U.S. Army sergeant guilty of murdering Afghan civilians

TACOMA, Wash (Reuters) – A U.S. Army sergeant was convicted by court-martial on Thursday of murdering unarmed civilians and cutting fingers from their corpses as ringleader of a rogue platoon in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

A five-member jury panel returned a guilty verdict on all counts against Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, capping an 18-month investigation of the most egregious case of atrocities U.S. military personnel have been convicted of committing during a decade of war in Afghanistan.

Nov 9, 2011

In Microsoft’s shadow, Seattle’s tech scene surges

SEATTLE, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The transformation of Seattle’s
South Lake Union district stands as a metaphor for this city’s
emergence as what some would argue is the West Coast’s second
most important hub of technology and entrepreneurship.

Many of the glass and steel buildings were built by Paul
Allen, the second-richest — behind Bill Gates — of the
numerous ex-Microsoft employees who have taken the wealth and
expertise earned in the personal computer era and applied it to
new ventures.

Nov 3, 2011
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Facebook doubles office space in Seattle

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The social network is spreading its wings in Seattle, taking advantage of relatively cheap office space and a pool of talented engineers in Microsoft and Amazon’s home town.

The view from Facebook's new Seattle space

According to a blog post today, Mark Zuckerberg’s unstoppable web phenomenon is moving into 27,000 square feet of space in a 20-story block in downtown Seattle. That’s double the size of their current rented offices overlooking Pike Place Market and Seattle’s harbor.

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