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Mar 31, 2011

Microsoft files EU competition complaint vs Google

SEATTLE/BRUSSELS, March 31 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
(MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
claiming in its first-ever complaint to antitrust regulators
that Google systematically thwarts Internet search
competition.

The formal complaint to European Commission regulators
marks a role change for Microsoft, itself the target of
antitrust action for two decades in the United States and
Europe.

Mar 31, 2011

Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google

SEATTLE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc with a formal complaint to EU antitrust regulators, claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.

It is the first time Microsoft — itself the target of anticompetition action in the United States and Europe — has filed a complaint with regulators over competition issues.

Mar 24, 2011

Oracle signals strong tech spend, shares rise

SEATTLE, March 24 (Reuters) – Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) forecast
a 4 to 14 percent rise in sales of new software this quarter
and hiked its dividend by a fifth, fueling hopes that a global
resurgence in technology spending remains intact.

The business software maker run by flamboyant billionaire
Larry Ellison again delivered quarterly results and forecasts
that beat Wall Street expectations, sending its shares 3.5
percent higher.

Mar 23, 2011

Starbucks CEO promises huge grocery growth

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) wants to make sales of its coffee and other products in the grocery aisle rival its traditional cafe business, according to Chief Executive Howard Schultz.

The world’s biggest coffee chain is betting it can use the power of its brand to sell a portfolio of goods — such as Via instant coffee and bottled Frappuccino — everywhere food and beverages are sold, whether in a supermarket in the United States or a vending machine in Asia.

Mar 7, 2011

Smart Money: Top funds sell some Apple, Google

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nervous analysts have worried for years that the stellar stock prices of technology giants Apple Inc and Google Inc could tumble back to earth.

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

Mar 7, 2011

Analysis: Top funds sell some Apple, Google

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nervous analysts have worried for years that the stellar stock prices of technology giants Apple Inc and Google Inc could tumble back to earth.

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

Mar 7, 2011

Top hedge funds sell some Apple, Google

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Nervous analysts have worried for years that the stellar stock prices of technology giants Apple Inc and Google Inc could tumble back to earth.

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

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.

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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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