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Sep 8, 2011

Microsoft lines up its big swing at tablets

SEATTLE, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Next week a high-ranking
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executive will stand on stage and show
off a new version of Windows on a tablet computer.

It won’t be the first time. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer
did it last year. Co-founder Bill Gates did it 10 years ago.

Aug 26, 2011

History shows iconic CEOs tough act to follow

SEATTLE (Reuters) – How does a company recover from the loss of an iconic leader like Steve Jobs at Apple Inc?

Sometimes, it doesn’t.

Sony Corp has never regained the dominance in consumer electronics it built under co-founder Akio Morita. Microsoft Corp’s stock price hasn’t budged in the decade since Bill Gates stepped down as CEO.

Aug 26, 2011

Analysis: History shows iconic CEOs tough act to follow

SEATTLE (Reuters) – How does a company recover from the loss of an iconic leader like Steve Jobs at Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)?

Sometimes, it doesn’t.

Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has never regained the dominance in consumer electronics it built under co-founder Akio Morita. Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) stock price hasn’t budged in the decade since Bill Gates stepped down as CEO.

Aug 25, 2011

Apple fans pay tribute to “industry icon” Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO/SINGAPORE (Reuters)- From San Francisco to Shanghai to Sydney, fans of Apple Inc paid extraordinary tribute to Steve Jobs after he resigned as CEO, calling him an icon for the entire technology industry, not just the company he co-founded.

The outpouring on blogs and Twitter began minutes after Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January, announced he would leave the chief executive’s post but carry on as chairman of Apple.

Aug 25, 2011

Apple fans pay tribute to “industry icon” Steve Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – From San Francisco to Shanghai to Sydney, fans of Apple Inc paid extraordinary tribute to Steve Jobs after he resigned as CEO, calling him an icon for the entire technology industry, not just the company he co-founded.

The outpouring on blogs and Twitter began minutes after Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January, announced he would leave the chief executive’s post but carry on as chairman of Apple.

Aug 25, 2011

Apple fans sad as Jobs steps down, fear for health

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc fans paid tribute to Steve Jobs on Wednesday, but expressed mostly sadness at his resignation as CEO and aired their fears for the health of the technology giant’s guiding visionary.

Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January, will carry on as chairman of the company he co-founded in the late 1970s, but it is unclear how much he will contribute.

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.

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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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