Microsoft’s Bach jumps around with Natal

July 30, 2009

Watch Microsoft’s Robbie Bach getting out of breath playing a wall-demolition game using Xbox’s new Natal technology, which works entirely on body gestures rather than a hand-held controller. (Click on the video and scroll onto 23:30)

Microsoft and Yahoo: The morning after

July 30, 2009

Ah, the morning after.

Microsoft and Yahoo have finally come to an understanding, putting to rest what seemed like an endless back-and-forth (As Barry Diller said yesterday,  “We’re not going to have to talk about whether or not it’s going to happen anymore).

Microsoft-Yahoo: whither the boatloads?

July 30, 2009

It takes a deft touch to vanish a boatload of cash, but Yahoo seems to have done it.

Barry Diller’s take on Microsoft, Yahoo and more

July 29, 2009

Few in the media business know dealmaking better than Barry Diller.

So it comes as little surprise that the head of IAC/Interactive was asked about both the Microsoft-Yahoo deal and the AOL separation during an earnings conference call today. He sounded upbeat on both situations.

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The European browser elections and other tech news links

July 27, 2009

Microsoft says the best way to resolve its dispute with European Union competition regulators may be an election.  The software giant spelled out late on Friday Brussels time plans for an election-style ballot to decide the question of which browser consumers use in Windows.

Microsoft and Apple — a momentary peace

July 24, 2009

Well, that’s one less controversy to worry about. As CrunchGear reports, Microsoft has apparently tweaked the “Laptop Hunter” commercial that ruffled feathers over at Apple. Ah peace, for now.

Bartz shuns f-bomb, hearts Bing

July 22, 2009

By now, reporters and analysts who cover Yahoo have come to expect (and dare I say, delight in) CEO Carol Bartz’s colorful figures of speech and the occasional f-bomb drop during conference calls.

Microsoft learns from Apple store real estate guru

July 21, 2009

After pulling a page from Apple’s playbook with its plan to launch its own chain of stores this fall, Microsoft is calling on the expertise of one of the players who made its rival’s stores such a big hit.

With Apple, Microsoft ahead, this is no time for vacation

July 20, 2009

Get ready for another big week of earnings, with Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo the highlights (at least in our world).

from Commentaries:

I am thinking of rebranding myself as Zing

July 20, 2009

Some tech links to start the week:

I am seriously considering changing my byline to Zing, what with all the media attention a certain search engine is getting.