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Nov 16, 2010

Beatles coming to Apple’s iTunes – source

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Beatles on Apple’s iTunes? Let it be.

The Fab Four’s music is expected, finally, to be available for sale at Apple Inc’s online music store, a source said after the consumer electronics giant signalled a major announcement about iTunes set for Tuesday — igniting a frenzy of speculation.

Nov 16, 2010

Apple sets iTunes announcement, Beatles may surface

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has
signaled it will make a major announcement about iTunes on
Tuesday, touching off speculation about everything from a
Web-streaming music service to the long-awaited arrival of the
Beatles catalog.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Apple is
indeed finally bringing the music of the Fab Four to iTunes.
EMI Group Ltd, the Beatles’ record label, did not respond to a
request for comment.

Nov 15, 2010

Apple to make iTunes announcement Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is set
to make a major announcement on Tuesday about iTunes, amid
speculation about a possible Web-based version of the dominant
digital music store.

Apple posted a message on Monday on the iTunes website,
teasing an announcement to be made at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard
Time (1500 GMT), but it gave few clues.

Nov 11, 2010

Activision says Black Ops first-day sales a record

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Activision Blizzard Inc said Thursday it sold about 5.6 million copies of “Call of Duty: Black Ops” for $360 million on its first day, setting a new record for the video game industry.

Analysts said the strong day one performance was largely expected given the sizeable number of preorders, and Activision shares were up slightly in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq.

Nov 9, 2010

SAP grills Oracle; Apotheker absent from trial

, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CEO
Larry Ellison testified that SAP’s (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) theft of its
software cost his company $4 billion, doubling his previous
estimate but failing to cite written evidence of it.

SAP lawyers immediately challenged Ellison to back up the
new figure, but Silicon Valley’s richest man said he could not
point to documentation proving his claim of the cost of lost
business. Germany’s SAP asserts that it owes Oracle merely tens
of millions of dollars.

Nov 8, 2010

Oracle’s Ellison accuses SAP of $4 bln theft

, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Larry Ellison, Oracle
Corp’s outspoken chief, charged that German arch-rival SAP AG
stole billions of dollars of his company’s copyrighted
software.

Ellison made the allegation as the the star witness in the
U.S. software maker’s software-theft lawsuit, which is
captivating Silicon Valley.

Nov 8, 2010

Oracle CEO to take stand in high-profile SAP trial

, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Oracle Corp’s (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
outspoken chief Larry Ellison takes the stand on Monday as the
star witness in the U.S. software maker’s software-theft
lawsuit against German arch-rival SAP AG (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a trial
that is captivating Silicon Valley.

Several dozen people lined up to get inside the downtown
Oakland, California, courtroom for the opportunity to hear the
flamboyant billionaire, Silicon Valley’s richest man. The
federal judge in the case, Phyllis Hamilton, arranged to have
an audio feed of the proceedings piped into a second courtroom
set up to accommodate overflow-seating.

Nov 6, 2010

Contractor alleged Hurd divulged EDS plan: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A former Hewlett-Packard Co contractor once claimed Mark Hurd divulged details about HP’s plans to acquire Electronic Data Systems Corp before the deal was announced in 2008, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. A spokesman for Hurd denied the allegation.

Jodie Fisher, the contractor at the center of the controversy that led to Hurd’s ouster as CEO of HP on August 6, made the allegation in the same June 24 letter in which she accused him of sexually harassing her, the source said.

Nov 4, 2010

Activision profit tops Street, shares rise

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, boosted by strong sales and cost cuts, and the video game publisher’s typically conservative forecast for the holiday quarter failed to spook investors.

Activision shares rose nearly 2 percent after hours on Thursday.

Expectations are high for the company’s December quarter, when Activision is set to launch two of the biggest games of the year: the newest “Call of Duty” title and an update of its multiplayer online game, “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.”

Nov 4, 2010

Activision profit top Street, outlook lags

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Video game publisher
Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported
stronger-than-expected quarterly revenue and earnings, but its
typically conservative forecast for the holiday quarter lagged
Wall Street estimates.

Activision is set to launch two of the biggest games of the
year in the coming weeks, the newest “Call of Duty” title and a
much-anticipated update of its multiplayer online game, “World
of Warcraft: Cataclysm.”

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