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11:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Investors dump Microsoft, PC stocks on bleak news

If fewer people are interested in buying a new personal computer, then fewer investors want to own stakes in companies whose fortunes are tied to the sales of laptop and desktop machines.

That's the message emerging Thursday as Wall Street reacts to fresh evidence that PCs are turning into a dying breed of technology as consumers and businesses embrace smartphones and tablet computers.

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Microsoft vs. Google
7:23 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Microsoft escalates advertising assault on Google

Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.

The missive that began Tuesday marks the third phase in a 5-month-old marketing campaign that Microsoft Corp. derisively calls "Scroogled." The ads, which have appeared online, on television and in print, depict Google as a duplicitous company more interested in increasing profits and power than protecting people's privacy and providing unbiased search results.

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Business
1:46 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Report: Bribery probe targets Microsoft partners

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. government regulators are investigating allegations that some of Microsoft's partners resorted to bribery to help sell software in China, Romania and Italy.

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Microsoft
1:47 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Europe hits Microsoft with $731M fine over browser options

Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a keynote address at the 2013 International CES in January.
David Becker Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:37 am

Some sloppy coding on an update to Microsoft's Windows 7 two years ago has cost the computer giant a $731 million fine to the European Commission.

Microsoft said Wednesday it would not contest the fine, imposed for what the commission said was the company's abuse of its market dominance to stifle competitors' Web browsers.

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Business
9:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Microsoft quarterly sales rose, but PC makers still waiting for a boost

People in line in New York for the Windows 8 launch in October 2012
Dell's Official Flickr Page

Microsoft says sales rose about 3 percent in its most recent quarter. But analysts say the company still has to contend with a slowing market for personal computers.

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Business
3:31 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Microsoft shareholders ask: Why should we own the stock?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is trying to assure investors the company has a bright future
The CBI

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stood in front of shareholders today telling them what a tremendous year it’s been. But they wanted to know, why should we own the stock?

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Business
5:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Would Microsoft or Amazon.com buy Netflix? Doubtful, analyst says

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he wants to keep his company independent
JD Lasica

Amazon.com and Microsoft are two of the cash-rich companies that investors speculate may be interested in buying Netflix. But would either of them want to? One analyst says he doubts it.

Activist investor Carl Icahn kicked up the takeover speculation last month when he disclosed that he’s bought 10 percent of Netflix. He says Netflix is too small on its own and needs to be bought by a bigger company – like Amazon, Microsoft or Google.

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Business
5:59 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Bigwigs out at Microsoft and Apple. Now what?

Steven Sinofsky introduces a new Microsoft tablet computer and Windows 8 software to the media in Shanghai on Oct. 23. The former president of Microsoft's Windows division has since left the company.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:58 am

In less than a month, two instrumental figures at two of the world's biggest tech companies have left their positions. Now industry watchers wonder whether the departures at Microsoft and Apple will mean dramatic changes of direction for the tech giants.

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Microsoft and immigration
2:13 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Microsoft proposes 'pay-to-play' immigration plan to grow workforce

The risk of waiting for the education of American workers to catch up and fill high-tech jobs, Microsoft said, is that unfilled high-tech jobs could migrate overseas.
Robert Scoble Flickr

With 6,000 high-tech jobs on the table, Microsoft said today it has a pay-to-play plan that would increase the number of H-1B visas to the U.S. by 20,000 and raise more than $500 million for education.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Computer sales are exploding

Joseandrés Guijarro's iPad tribute to M.C. Escher's "Drawing Hands"
Joseandrés Guijarro flickr.com

According to recent headlines, PC sales are sluggish.

But, if you include tablets and smartphones along with desktops and laptops, computer sales are exploding!

In this month's edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that computing is evolving into two main areas: production and consumption. And you need to count both sides of the equation when looking at computer sales.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Microsoft urges immigration reform to fill high-skilled jobs

Robert Scoble Flickr

Overall, job growth remains disappointingly slow – the unemployment rate remains stuck above 8 percent. In computer-related fields, though, jobs are going unfilled.

Unemployment in computer and math jobs is a measly 3.4 percent. Companies like Microsoft and Expedia say one remedy is immigration reform, and they’re hopeful Congress will pass a new act to break the logjam.

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What's in a logo?
10:39 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Microsoft unveils first new logo in 25 years

The new logo unveiled today.

Preparing for the “most significant waves of product launches in Microsoft’s history,” the Redmond tech giant has unveiled a new logo.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

"Wall Computing" has arrived

Perceptive Pixel's 82-inch multi-touch display is one example of "wall computing"
Perceptive Pixel

Ten years ago, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report gave us a glimpse into the future of computing interfaces. In the film, Tom Cruise's character interacted with a wall-sized display via hand gestures, rather than a mouse and keyboard.

In 2008, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson predicted this sort of technology, which he calls Wall Computing, would soon make the leap into corporate conference rooms.

On this month's edition of The Digital Future, Mark tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that Wall Computing is becoming a reality, heralded in part by Microsoft's recent acquisition of Perceptive Pixel, which makes large, multi-touch computer displays. 

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Business
4:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

A First As A Public Company, Microsoft Reports Quarterly Loss

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer comments on the Windows 8 operating system before unveiling Surface, a tablet computer to compete with Apple's iPad.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 3:18 pm

Microsoft made a $6.2 billion accounting adjustment this quarter that threw it into negative territory for the first time as a public company, the AP reports.

Microsoft took the charge mostly based on the acquisition of aQuantive, an online advertising company Microsoft acquired in 2007.

As MSNBC reports, the "charge was an acknowledgement that the company's struggling online services division — which lost about half a billion dollars in the previous quarter — is a significant financial drag on the company." Microsoft, remember, is the owner of the search engine Bing.

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Business
5:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Ditch that memo, it's time to race tricycles! Office Olympics catch on

Troy Brockway throws a slingshot in Guidant Financial's office Olympics
Andy Karnopp Guidant Financial

The summer Olympics kick off in London on July 27th. But while the world’s best swimmers and sprinters get ready, office workers here are not to be outdone. They’re going for the gold in the name of that corporate buzzword – team-building.

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