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Aug 7, 2013

How will Amazon’s Bezos change The Washington Post?

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Technology and media circles are abuzz at how e-commerce wunderkind Jeff Bezos plans to modernize The Washington Post, a money-losing bastion of the old economy.

Among the top predictions: the man who transformed retailing will want to wean the venerable paper off its print edition; expand the Post’s real-time content for a Twitter generation; share Amazon’s near-unparalleled data on online buyers; and devise novel avenues to sell anything from books to smartphones to the Post’s half a million readers.

Aug 6, 2013

Newsmaker: Jeff Bezos, tech pioneer to turn media baron

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Inc and soon to be the new owner of the Washington Post, is one of the few chief executives in corporate America who refuse to bow to Wall Street’s quarterly profit demands.

Since starting Amazon in 1994, he has frequently upset investors by spending heavily on long-term investments, even if it means missing analysts’ financial targets and sending the e-commerce giant’s stock price plunging.

Aug 6, 2013

Jeff Bezos, tech pioneer to turn media baron

SEATTLE, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com
Inc and soon to be the new owner of the Washington
Post, is one of the few chief executives in corporate America
who refuse to bow to Wall Street’s quarterly profit demands.

Since starting Amazon in 1994, he has frequently upset
investors by spending heavily on long-term investments, even if
it means missing analysts’ financial targets and sending the
e-commerce giant’s stock price plunging.

Jul 19, 2013

Microsoft in talks with ValueAct over board seat -sources

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Members of Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) board have held talks with ValueAct Capital Management LP in recent days over the activist shareholder’s demands to secure a seat on the company’s board, two sources close to the matter said.

ValueAct, which wants a say in the way the world’s largest software company is adapting to the new world of mobile computing, is seeking to nominate a person from its own organization, the sources said.

Jul 19, 2013

Exclusive: Microsoft in talks with ValueAct over board seat – sources

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Members of Microsoft Corp’s board have held talks with ValueAct Capital Management LP in recent days over the activist shareholder’s demands to secure a seat on the company’s board, two sources close to the matter said.

ValueAct, which wants a say in the way the world’s largest software company is adapting to the new world of mobile computing, is seeking to nominate a person from its own organization, the sources said.

Jul 18, 2013

Microsoft profit misses as Surface tablets languish; shares drop

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Thursday reported lower-than-expected quarterly earnings as slow personal computer sales ate into its Windows business and the company took an unexpected $900 million charge for its inventory of unsold Surface tablets, sending its shares down 5 percent after hours.

The massive charge underlines the struggles of the world’s largest software company, which last week announced a deep reorganization to transform itself into a “devices and services” leader, but is struggling to make mobile devices as attractive as those by Apple Inc or Google Inc.

Jul 1, 2013

Microsoft entertainment head may leave to be Zynga CEO: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc could replace its chief executive Mark Pincus with Microsoft Corp executive Don Mattrick, possibly as early as late Monday, according to a report by AllThingsD that sent Zynga shares down more than 10 percent.

Mattrick, who heads Microsoft’s critical Xbox business as the company’s president of interactive entertainment, could leave Microsoft to join Zynga, possibly as its CEO and is “working in close partnership with its founder and current CEO Mark Pincus,” according to AllThingsD, citing multiple unnamed sources.

Jun 26, 2013

Microsoft releases ‘refined’ Windows, revs up developers

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp released a test version of its Windows 8.1 software on Wednesday, bringing back the “start” button and adding a host of features it hopes will appeal to users, while spurring developers into writing more applications for it.

The updated Windows, which was signaled at the end of May, is aimed chiefly at soothing traditional computer users, many of whom were unsettled by Microsoft’s shift towards a new “tile”-based interface that works best on touch-enabled devices, but left fans of the old-style desktop confused.

Jun 24, 2013

Rivals Microsoft and Oracle team up on push into cloud

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE, June 24 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
said on Monday it would support Oracle Corp
software on its cloud-based platforms, a tie-up aimed at
improving the rivals’ chances against nimbler Web-based
computing companies chipping away at their traditional
businesses.

The two industry leaders have competed for decades to sell
technology to the world’s largest companies. But they face
growing pressure from new rivals selling often-cheaper services
based in remote data centers, and they are rushing to adapt.

Jun 24, 2013

Microsoft and Oracle join forces against smaller rivals in cloud

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp on Monday announced a tie-up to give the once-fierce rivals a leg up against newer Web-based “cloud” computing companies chipping away at their traditional businesses.

The two industry leaders have competed for decades to sell technology to the world’s largest companies. But they face growing pressure from more nimble rivals selling often-cheaper services based in remote data centers and they are rushing to adapt.

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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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