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Dec 15, 2014

Diverse allies rally for Microsoft in overseas data fight

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company’s legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas.

The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge’s order that Microsoft turn over emails from a data center in Ireland. They argued that turning them over would jeopardize the future of international cloud computing.

Dec 15, 2014

Seattle police investigate threatening letter at Amazon headquarters

SEATTLE, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Seattle police are searching for
explosives at Amazon.com’s headquarters after a
threatening letter was found at one of the company’s buildings
just north of the city’s downtown district, authorities said on
Monday.

Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30
a.m. local time (1830 GMT) after staff found a note inside a
bathroom at one of the buildings that make up Amazon’s sprawling
headquarters, police said, without disclosing the contents of
the note.

Dec 15, 2014

Tech companies support Microsoft in overseas data fight with U.S.

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Technology companies Apple Inc,
Amazon.com Inc , AT&T Inc and more than 20 others
are supporting Microsoft Corp in the software company’s
legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer
data stored overseas.

The long-running court fight has taken on an urgency for
technology and media companies in the wake of revelations about
bulk electronic data collection by the U.S. National Security
Agency from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Dec 9, 2014

Portland, Oregon, sues to stop Uber online car service

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Portland sued Uber on Monday to stop the
fast-growing ride-hailing service from operating in the Oregon
city until it follows local regulations.

Uber operates in areas around Portland, but only started up
in the city itself on Friday, without consent from authorities
or any agreement over how it should be regulated.

Dec 3, 2014

Microsoft ex-CEO Ballmer, activist Jesse Jackson pep up annual meet

, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Former Microsoft Corp
Chief Executive 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 auditorium, packed with
about 400 shareholders. He chatted warmly with Jackson before
and after the meeting, surrounded by well-wishers and
photographers.

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.

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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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