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Mar 31, 2014

Microsoft’s Nadella reshuffles senior ranks

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Monday named three executives to its cloud, devices and Xbox gaming divisions in one of new Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s first management shakeups.

In a public email, the world’s largest software maker promoted Scott Guthrie to head of the cloud and enterprise group, the $20 billion division that Nadella helmed before replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO in February.

Mar 27, 2014

Microsoft CEO signals new course with Office for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella took the wraps off an Office software suite designed for Apple Inc’s iPad on Thursday, a widely anticipated move that underscores the new chief’s willingness to point the lumbering software giant in a new direction.

At a news conference Thursday, executives demonstrated a new “touch-first” version of Office crafted for the iPad, available for download as a free app, though a subscription is needed to let users create or edit documents. Significantly, executives did not demo any software on Windows machines.

Mar 26, 2014

Photo app maker Snapchat not ready for its U.S. Senate close-up

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snapchat is known for an app that enables users to send photo messages that can vanish within seconds of being viewed. On Wednesday, company officials didn’t even appear at a Capitol Hill hearing on data security they’d been invited to – and a top senator wasn’t happy.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller said Snapchat had declined his invitation to testify and insinuated that the Los Angeles-based company, which has disclosed massive data breaches within the past year, was concealing something.

Mar 22, 2014

Twitter ban raises specter of broader social media clampdown

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Turkey’s abrupt ban on Twitter Inc stirred concerns on Friday that the country may pull the plug on other social media and Internet services as it grapples with internal turmoil.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has in the past threatened to block Facebook Inc and Google Inc’s YouTube as well, though both remained online.

Mar 21, 2014

Twitter hopes service restored soon in Turkey

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday it hopes access to its social media service in Turkey will be restored soon, a day after it was blocked by the country’s government.

The ban, which has proven to be not entirely effective, is the latest effort by a government to squash critical comments that flow freely over Twitter’s social network and highlights the thorny policy challenge facing the company.

Mar 20, 2014

Alibaba invests $280 million in messaging app Tango

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tango, the mobile messaging app-maker, announced Wednesday it has raised $280 million in a new funding round led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

By almost any measure, the investment amounted to a staggering sum for a mobile app developer. The deal, which came one month after Facebook Inc’s stunning $19 billion acquisition of Whatsapp, underscored the lengths that Internet companies are willing to go to gain a foothold in mobile communications.

Mar 17, 2014

Twitter CEO Costolo to make first China visit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc CEO Dick Costolo will meet Shanghai government officials, academics and students in his first visit to China, signaling Twitter’s interest in cracking a lucrative but thorny market with 600 million Internet users.

Twitter, which has been blocked by Chinese censors since 2009, described the trip as a personal tour for Costolo, who is due to land at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Monday and plans to spend three days in the business capital. He is not scheduled to visit Beijing.

Mar 13, 2014

Microsoft poised to fight back as iPad generation shuns Office

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – It may be one of Microsoft Corp’s biggest squandered opportunities.

Tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud.

Mar 13, 2014

After the Zynga flop, all eyes on King’s coming-out party

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – King Digital Entertainment Plc struck gold with “Candy Crush Saga,” the runaway hit that made its way onto hundreds of millions of smartphones and spawned a $1.5 billion franchise.

Now, the rest of the smartphone game industry is waiting to see if King can pull off a coup in the public markets – and perhaps spur a mobile gaming IPO rush in the process.

Mar 11, 2014

Twitter crashes second time in nine days, blames software glitch

BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for about one hour.

The company apologized to its 250 million users in a status blog, saying it had encountered “unexpected complications” during “a planned deploy in one of our core services.”