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Apr 11, 2011

Microsoft launches new assault on business apps

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is making its strongest push yet into the steadily growing business software market in the hope that it can create another multibillion-dollar business.

The world’s biggest software company, which still gets the majority of its sales from its Windows and Office franchises, is hoping it can wrestle market share from heavyweights SAP AG and Oracle Corp, and upstart online vendor Salesforce.com Inc.

Apr 1, 2011

Malicious attack hits a million Web pages

SEATTLE (Reuters) – More than one million website pages have been hit by a sophisticated hacking attack that injects code into sites that redirect users to a fraudulent software sales operation.

The so-called “mass-injection” attack, which experts say is the largest of its kind ever seen, has managed to insert malicious code into websites by gaining access to the servers running the databases behind the Internet, according to the technology security company that discovered it.

Apr 1, 2011

Malicious attack hits a million Web pages

SEATTLE (Reuters) – More than one million website pages have been hit by a sophisticated hacking attack that injects code into sites that redirect users to a fraudulent software sales operation.

The so-called “mass-injection” attack, which experts say is the largest of its kind ever seen, has managed to insert malicious code into websites by gaining access to the servers running the databases behind the Internet, according to the technology security company that discovered it.

Mar 31, 2011

Microsoft files EU competition complaint vs Google

SEATTLE/BRUSSELS, March 31 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
(MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
claiming in its first-ever complaint to antitrust regulators
that Google systematically thwarts Internet search
competition.

The formal complaint to European Commission regulators
marks a role change for Microsoft, itself the target of
antitrust action for two decades in the United States and
Europe.

Mar 31, 2011

Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google

SEATTLE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc with a formal complaint to EU antitrust regulators, claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.

It is the first time Microsoft — itself the target of anticompetition action in the United States and Europe — has filed a complaint with regulators over competition issues.

Mar 24, 2011

Oracle signals strong tech spend, shares rise

SEATTLE, March 24 (Reuters) – Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) forecast
a 4 to 14 percent rise in sales of new software this quarter
and hiked its dividend by a fifth, fueling hopes that a global
resurgence in technology spending remains intact.

The business software maker run by flamboyant billionaire
Larry Ellison again delivered quarterly results and forecasts
that beat Wall Street expectations, sending its shares 3.5
percent higher.

Mar 23, 2011

Starbucks CEO promises huge grocery growth

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) wants to make sales of its coffee and other products in the grocery aisle rival its traditional cafe business, according to Chief Executive Howard Schultz.

The world’s biggest coffee chain is betting it can use the power of its brand to sell a portfolio of goods — such as Via instant coffee and bottled Frappuccino — everywhere food and beverages are sold, whether in a supermarket in the United States or a vending machine in Asia.

Mar 7, 2011

Smart Money: Top funds sell some Apple, Google

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nervous analysts have worried for years that the stellar stock prices of technology giants Apple Inc and Google Inc could tumble back to earth.

Now some top hedge fund managers like Steve Mandel and Lee Ainslie appear to be acting on those concerns.

Mar 7, 2011

Analysis: Top funds sell some Apple, Google

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nervous analysts have worried for years that the stellar stock prices of technology giants Apple Inc and Google Inc could tumble back to earth.

Now some top hedge fund managers like Steve Mandel and Lee Ainslie appear to be acting on those concerns.

Mar 7, 2011

Top hedge funds sell some Apple, Google

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nervous analysts have worried for years that the stellar stock prices of technology giants Apple Inc and Google Inc could tumble back to earth.

Now some top hedge fund managers like Steve Mandel and Lee Ainslie appear to be acting on those concerns.

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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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