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Mar 7, 2011

Top funds sell some Apple, Google

SEATTLE, March 7 (Reuters) – Nervous analysts have worried
for years that the stellar stock prices of technology giants
Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) could tumble back to
earth.

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

Feb 13, 2011

Forty years on, birth of a new Boeing jumbo

SEATTLE/PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was set to
roll out a new jumbo jet later on Sunday, hoping to relive the
glamour surrounding the birth of the 747 over 40 years ago and
use it to boost slow sales.

The 747-8 Intercontinental will seat 467 passengers, 51 more
than the current version of the 747, and burn less fuel while
offering passengers more comfort, the U.S. planemaker says.

Feb 13, 2011

Nokia surrenders and enlists Microsoft in smartphone war

LONDON/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nokia’s last-ditch attempt to catch up with Google and Apple by teaming up with Microsoft Corp puts them back on the smartphone map, but gives rivals plenty of time to try and widen their lead.

Shares of the world’s largest cellphone maker plunged 14 percent on fears the decision by new chief executive Stephen Elop to throw in the towel and use Microsoft’s Windows Phone software will hammer margins and weaken its position during a tumultuous transition.

Feb 12, 2011

Microsoft’s Nokia deal leaves investors cold

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has yet to persuade investors that a deal to put its Windows software on Nokia Corp phones is not just two losers hoping to combine into one winner.

The financial benefits for Microsoft are not clear. By the time new phones born out of their alliance hit the market, both may have ceded more market share to Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android system.

Feb 11, 2011

Microsoft’s Nokia deal no slam-dunk yet

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has yet to persuade investors that a deal to put its Windows software on Nokia Corp phones is not just two losers hoping to combine into one winner.

The financial benefits for Microsoft are not clear. By the time new phones born out of their alliance hit the market, both may have ceded more market share to Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android system.

Feb 11, 2011

Analysis: Microsoft’s Nokia deal no slam-dunk yet

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has yet to persuade investors that a deal to put its Windows software on Nokia Corp (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) phones is not just two losers hoping to combine into one winner.

The financial benefits for Microsoft are not clear. By the time new phones born out of their alliance hit the market, both may have ceded more market share to Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPhone and Google Inc’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Android system.

Feb 11, 2011

Nokia, Microsoft join forces in smartphone war

LONDON/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nokia and Microsoft Corp will team up to build an iPhone rival, the Finnish phonemaker’s last-ditch attempt to catch up with Google and Apple and arrest its decline in the global smartphone arena.

Shares of the world’s largest cellphone maker plunged 14 percent on fears the decision by new chief executive Stephen Elop to throw in the towel and use Microsoft’s Windows Phone software will hammer margins and weaken its position during a tumultuous transition.

Feb 9, 2011

Microsoft names Nadella server unit head

SEATTLE, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) put
veteran insider Satya Nadella in charge of its $15 billion
server and tools business as it looks to an expert engineer to
revitalize its push into cloud computing.

Nadella, 43, is a rising star at the company after leading
engineering efforts for Microsoft’s online services business,
including the search engine Bing, which has made headway
against market leader Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research).

Feb 3, 2011

Microsoft sells $2.25 bln of debt at low rates

NEW YORK/SEATTLE, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
on Thursday sold $2.25 billion of bonds at close to record low
borrowing levels as it looks for cheap ways of raising cash to
fund its share buybacks and dividend payouts.

The world’s largest software company, making its third trip
to the US corporate bond market in two years, has $41 billion
in cash and short-term investments on its balance sheet, but
likes to borrow as the most of that cash is locked up
overseas.

Jan 28, 2011

Microsoft’s Windows disappoints on lukewarm PC sales

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Sales of Microsoft Corp’s Windows software fell short of outsized expectations, rekindling fears that the spread of mobile gadgets will erode its main PC-focused business.

Microsoft surprised Wall Street with a better-than-expected profit, helped by resurgent corporate spending after the belt-tightening of past years. But its shares stayed flat as investors expressed concern about the weakness of overall computer sales amid a faltering U.S. recovery.

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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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