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Dec 3, 2014

Former CEO Ballmer, activist Jesse Jackson enliven Microsoft meeting

, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Former Microsoft Corp
Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and civil rights
activist Jesse Jackson livened up the technology company’s
annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, grabbing the spotlight
from the current leaders on stage.

Ballmer, who retired as CEO in February but is still the
company’s biggest individual shareholder, sat next to Jackson in
the second row of the Meydenbauer Center here, filled with about
400 shareholders. He chatted warmly with Jackson before and
after the meeting, surrounded by well-wishers and photographers.

Nov 29, 2014

Seattle protesters enter shopping malls, chaining doors shut at one

SEATTLE, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Protesters angered by a grand
jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for killing
an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, entered a pair
of shopping malls in downtown Seattle on Friday and disrupted a
tree-lighting ceremony.

More than 120 people were marching when a group broke off,
went through Pacific Place mall and chained shut two doors,
Seattle Police Department spokesman Patrick Michaud said.

Nov 12, 2014

Washington steps up calls on Europe to do more for its economy

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The United States on
Wednesday stepped up calls on European policymakers to do more
to avoid a “lost decade” of low growth, saying steps taken by
the European Central Bank may not be sufficient on their own.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gave an unusually blunt
assessment of what he thinks Europe needs to do, arguing that
France and Italy should rein in budget deficits more slowly and
that it was “critical” Germany and Netherlands open their fiscal
purse strings.

Nov 11, 2014

After Bae release, Christian groups tread carefully in North Korea

SEATTLE/SEOUL (Reuters) – Christian groups in North Korea are vowing to carry on their missionary work despite mounting risks since Korean-American activist Kenneth Bae was imprisoned two years ago.

North Korea and neighboring China have clamped down on the groups’ activities recently, and the organizations say that has forced them to become more secretive. Bae’s unexpected release has not changed that.

Nov 10, 2014

Exclusive: Apple’s enterprise assault gets into higher gear

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup Inc (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.

Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace.

Nov 9, 2014

Two Americans freed by North Korea arrive on U.S. soil

TACOMA Washington (Reuters) – Two Americans freed from secretive North Korea returned home on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official who traveled to Pyongyang to secure their release.

Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who had been doing hard labor for months in North Korea, were accompanied on their journey home by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, his office said. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American was freed by Pyongyang.

Oct 29, 2014

Google’s Page, Virgin’s Branson backed satellite on failed launch

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Billionaire investors in a small, Seattle-area company that aims to one day mine resources on asteroids have not been deterred by an unmanned rocket explosion that destroyed their test satellite, the company said on Wednesday.

Privately held Planetary Resources counts Google Inc Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt among its backers, along with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Ross Perot Jr., former Microsoft Corp executive Charles Simonyi and John Whitehead, the former chief executive of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Oct 27, 2014

Paul Allen’s sister steps away from managing $17 bln fortune

SEATTLE, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Paul Allen’s sister, Jody, who
has managed the Microsoft Corp co-founder’s
multi-billion dollar philanthropy and investment efforts for
three decades, is taking an indefinite sabbatical, according to
an Allen spokeswoman.

“Vulcan CEO Jody Allen announced that she is taking a
sabbatical beginning today, Monday, October 27th,” said Vulcan
spokeswoman Alexa Rudin in an emailed statement. “During her
sabbatical, Jody’s direct reports will report to our president
and Chief Operating Officer Barbara Bennett, who joined Vulcan
in September.”

Oct 26, 2014

Exclusive: Salesforce to make big push into healthcare industry

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Salesforce Inc is betting big on healthcare, hiring key personnel and ramping up investment in hopes of replacing outmoded medical industry infrastructure and carving out a $1 billion annual business.

    Its push into healthcare follows years of attempts by rival software providers, including Microsoft Corp, to break into healthcare with everything from personal health records to hospital information systems. They have had mixed results.

Oct 25, 2014

Washington school shooting suspect left unhappy tweets

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A high school student believed to have shot to death a classmate and wounded four others on Friday at his campus north of Seattle was a popular homecoming prince but appeared on social media as a heart broken and sometimes angry adolescent.

Police offered no motive for why Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, walked into his school cafeteria and shot his fellow students.

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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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