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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.

Oct 23, 2014

Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins intact.

The results on Thursday allayed fears of investors in recent days that the industry shift toward lower-margin cloud services was proving hard for established technology leaders to master.

Oct 21, 2014

Microsoft CEO Nadella’s pay tops $80 million with big stock awards

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry’s biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday.

The outsize number is mostly made up of the estimated value of certain one-time stock awards given to Nadella, who became the company’s third CEO in February. Most of it Nadella cannot actually receive until 2019.

Oct 21, 2014

New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 mln with big stock awards

SEATTLE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s new
Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology
industry’s biggest earners, with a total compensation package
worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed
with securities regulators on Monday.

The outsize number is mostly made up of the estimated value
of certain one-time stock awards given to Nadella, who became
the company’s third CEO in February. Most of it Nadella cannot
actually receive until 2019.

Oct 15, 2014

Apple looks to rev up fading tablet growth

SEATTLE, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Apple Inc is expected
to unveil thinner and more powerful iPads on Thursday ahead of
the holiday season but may struggle to arouse passion for
tablets among consumers already over-supplied with hand-held,
touch-screen devices.

Tablet sales are set to rise only 11 percent this year,
according to new forecasts by tech research firm Gartner,
compared to 55 percent growth last year, even as smartphone
sales continue to soar and PC sales trickle back.

Oct 10, 2014

After gaffe, Microsoft board to look at gender pay gap, male culture

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A well-known picture in tech circles, taken in 1978, shows the first 11 employees at Microsoft. Two are women. One of them left two years later after a pay dispute.

Almost four decades later, the ratio has improved: About a third of Microsoft’s 110,000 or so employees are women. But the company’s pay practices and attitude toward women are still open to question and will likely be taken up at the board level, according to one director, Maria Klawe.

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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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