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Oct 28, 2013

Apple’s iPhone sales, holiday quarter up for scrutiny

By Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s iPhone sales and revenue forecasts, due to be released on Monday, may offer clues as to whether its low-cost 5C model missed the mark or whether the world’s largest tech company can continue its run of smash-hit gadgets.

Signs have emerged that demand for the cheaper model is lagging the top-tier iPhone 5S – both of which went on sale in September – because its $100 discount is proving to be insufficient to motivate emerging market and price-conscious customers.

Oct 24, 2013

Microsoft beats profit forecasts, shares jump

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp cruised past Wall Street’s quarterly profit and revenue forecasts on Thursday, helped by strong sales of its Office and server software to businesses, sending its shares up 6 percent after hours.

The world’s largest software company is the latest tech firm to surprise investors with a powerful performance, coming the same day as Amazon.com Inc eased past average revenue forecasts.

Oct 20, 2013

Big data heralds return of the Cray supercomputer

SEATTLE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – “Big data” means big computers,
and good news for Cray Inc
.

The pioneer of supercomputers in the 1970s stood on the
brink of obscurity 20 years ago but is now surging back to
prominence. Its shares have almost doubled over the past 12
months.

Oct 2, 2013

Exclusive: Microsoft investors push for chairman Gates to step down

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter.

While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company’s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology.

Oct 2, 2013

Microsoft investors push for chairman Gates to step down

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter.

While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company’s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology.

Oct 1, 2013

Time for Gates to go, some top Microsoft investors tell board

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter.

While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company’s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology.

Oct 1, 2013

Exclusive: Time for Gates to go, some top Microsoft investors tell board

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter.

While Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company’s performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology.

Sep 27, 2013

Ballmer goes out punching at last Microsoft employee meeting

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer took his farewell bow before thousands of applauding employees on Thursday with a typically loud and emotional performance at his last companywide meeting, talking up the software giant’s prospects and taking swipes at rivals.

The CEO, whose screeching and dancing at company events is the stuff of YouTube legend, stormed the stage to “Can’t Hold Us” by Seattle rap/producer duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and kept up his usual high tempo, according to several people present at the employee-only meeting.

Sep 25, 2013

Panic button-equipped Amazon Kindles join gadget battle

SEATTLE, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has
begun selling a juiced-up line-up of new Kindle tablets, many
sporting a unique video helpdesk feature it hopes will give it a
leg-up over Apple Inc and Google Inc during
the holiday season.

Kindle Fire HDX tablets feature what Amazon has called the
“Mayday Button,” a panic button that calls up a tech-support
representative right on the screen, who can then tell a user how
to operate the device or do it for them remotely.

Sep 23, 2013

Microsoft revamps Surface tablets to challenge Apple

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp unveiled faster, more powerful versions of its Surface tablet computer on Monday in an effort to boost poor sales of its flagship hardware product and mount a stronger challenge to Apple Inc’s iPad.

The Surface is key to Microsoft’s plan to reinvent itself as a devices and services company, but the revamp comes less than a year after it brought out its own computers for the first time and failed to put a dent in the market. It has racked up only $853 million in sales while generating a $900 million charge for unsold inventory.

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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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