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Aug 24, 2011

Newsmaker: Apple’s Tim Cook steps up

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, who has been standing in for CEO Steve Jobs during his medical leave, has been named the new CEO after Jobs resigned as Apple Inc Chief Executive on Wednesday, without specifying a reason.

The 50-year-old Alabama native, who has been at the company since 1998, was seen as a safe bet to run Apple’s day-to-day operations while Jobs was away for medical reasons in 2009. During that time, the company prospered and its stock jumped 60 percent.

Aug 22, 2011

Analysis: Google/Motorola could be peak of patent price spike

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – The bubble in mobile phone technology patent values may just have popped.

Now that Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has agreed to a $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (MMI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) — scooping up a trove of 17,000 phone-related patents to give itself some ground to defend its Android operating system — the most motivated buyer looks to be off the market.

Aug 22, 2011

Google/Motorola could be peak of patent price spike

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – The bubble in mobile phone technology patent values may just have popped.

Now that Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has agreed to a $12.5 billion (13.1 billion pound) deal to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (MMI.N: Quote, Profile, Research) — scooping up a trove of 17,000 phone-related patents to give itself some ground to defend its Android operating system — the most motivated buyer looks to be off the market.

Jul 28, 2011
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A chat with Google’s Seattle video-chat guru

If you want to be at the forefront of video social networking, Seattle is the place to be, not Silicon Valley.

A month ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced an “awesome” launch coming out of the company’s growing Seattle office, which turned out to be Facebook’s video chat link up with Skype.

Jul 22, 2011

Microsoft Windows fizzles as PC fears loom

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Sales of Microsoft Corp’s flagship Windows software disappointed for the third straight quarter, taking the gloss off better-than-expected earnings that were aided by an unusually low tax rate.

The results failed to excite a market already wary about growth prospects for the company and PC industry as netbook sales give way to tablets. The stock was flat in after-hours trading.

Jul 21, 2011

Microsoft Windows sales dip, shares fall

SEATTLE, July 21 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
smashed Wall Street’s earnings estimates once more, helped by
strong sales of its Office software and Xbox game console, but
its shares fell on concerns about soft PC sales reducing demand
for its flagship Windows product.

The world’s largest software maker follows Google Inc
(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and IBM (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in reporting
surprisingly good results as technology spending holds up
relatively well in an uncertain economy.

Jul 21, 2011

Microsoft profit set to rise but PC worries dominate

SEATTLE, July 21 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is
expected to post a 9 percent increase in fiscal fourth-quarter
profit on Thursday, helped by solid sales of its Windows and
Office mainstays, but investors may be distracted by evidence of
flickering computer sales, which are key to its success.

The world’s largest software maker is set to follow Google
Inc , Apple Inc , and IBM in reporting
surprisingly good results as technology spending holds up
relatively well in an uncertain economy.

Jul 19, 2011

Microsoft seals record year, stock still stuck

SEATTLE, July 18 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is set
to post a 9 percent jump in fiscal fourth-quarter profit on
Thursday, putting the cap on its best financial year ever, but
investors are fidgety over flagging computer sales and a
gnawing feeling that the tech pioneer will never recapture old
growth rates.

The shares of the world’s largest software company have
risen 10 percent over the past month — outpacing the
tech-heavy Nasdaq — but still are perched in the mid-$20
range, a level they have circled since 1998, adjusted for
splits.

Jul 12, 2011
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Ballmer’s fuzzy PC math

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Nobody doubts CEO Steve Ballmer’s passion and commitment to Microsoft’s cause. But occasionally his enthusiasm gets the better of him, especially when it comes to numbers.

Yesterday, kicking off Microsoft’s huge partner conference in Los Angeles, Ballmer made a stronger-than-usual assertion of Windows dominance over  competing operating systems, chiefly from the up-and-coming Apple.
“We’re selling a lot of Windows,” Ballmer trumpeted, on the day Microsoft announced it had sold more than 400 million Windows 7 licenses since launch in October 2009.

Jun 28, 2011

Microsoft rolls out Office in the cloud

SEATTLE, June 28 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) made
its biggest move into the mobile, Internet-accessible world of
“cloud” computing on Tuesday, taking the wraps off a revamped
online version of its hugely profitable Office software suite.

The world’s largest software company is heaving its
two-decade old set of applications — including Outlook email,
Excel spreadsheets and SharePoint collaboration tools — into
an online format so that customers can use them on a variety of
devices from wherever they can get an Internet connection.

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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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