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  • May 30, 2012, 11:38 AM
    Google (GOOG) regrets not buying Twitter before its valuation surged to $8B, a source tells BI, and the company still believes it's the only one capable of effectively monetizing the microblogging service. A source close to Twitter claims the company's IPO plans haven't progressed far (the performance of recent offerings may be giving the company pause), and hints Twitter, which has struck a search deal with Bing (MSFT), is still open to an offer from Google. (previous)
    | May 30, 2012, 11:38 AM | Comment!
  • May 29, 2012, 11:59 AM
    Though focused on getting Yahoo's (YHOO) house in order over the short-term, interim (for now) CEO Ross Levinsohn wants to stockpile cash and eventually use it to "swing for the fences," reports Nicholas Carlson. Though the proceeds of Yahoo's Alibaba share sale will be returned to shareholders, the proceeds from future asset sales will likely go into Yahoo's bank account. Also: it's claimed Levinsohn might try to settle Yahoo's suit against Facebook, and re-work the Microsoft search deal.
    | May 29, 2012, 11:59 AM | Comment!
  • May 24, 2012, 4:58 PM
    Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal subsidiary is in "serious negotiations" to buy Microsoft's (MSFT) stake in, and could gain full control of the site by this summer, multiple sources tell Adweek. Such a deal could be another example of Microsoft's efforts to reduce the giant losses posted by its Online Services division.
    | May 24, 2012, 4:58 PM | 5 Comments
  • Apr. 30, 2012, 7:27 AM
    Barnes & Noble (BKS) +79% premarket as Microsoft (MSFT) wades into e-books with a $300M investment in the company's Nook and College operation. 9to5mac notes the deal seemingly puts an end to patent litigation between the companies and that BKS would seem to be abandoning Android as their future e-Reader OS.
    | Apr. 30, 2012, 7:27 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 26, 2012, 2:22 PM
    Is Microsoft (MSFT) thinking of unloading Bing? A recent NYT report claims execs "sent out feelers" to Facebook (FB) last year to see if they'd be interested in buying the search engine. Mark Zuckerberg turned them down, stating Facebook was preoccupied with other matters. Microsoft's Online Services division, dominated by Bing, lost $479M in FQ3, as modest ad revenue growth and share gains failed to stop its bleeding. (also)
    | Apr. 26, 2012, 2:22 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 11, 2012, 1:01 PM
    Does Microsoft (MSFT -0.3%) want a piece of Research In Motion (RIMM +0.8%)? That's the question a headline from Financial Post asks as rumors on a MSFT-RIMM deal recirculate. Though deteriorating Blackberry sales has soured Microsoft from pulling the trigger in the past, the two companies remain relatively cozy with integration of Bing and Microsoft's mapping tech on Blackberry devices.
    | Apr. 11, 2012, 1:01 PM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 28, 2012, 1:38 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO), the tech soap opera that never ends (perhaps because so many "sources" are involved), is said to be weighing a long list of restructuring options at a meeting today. Among the options are the rumored sale of Yahoo's ad tech business, and (though regulators might not be thrilled) the abandoning of its turbulent search partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) in favor of a deal with Google (GOOG),
    | Mar. 28, 2012, 1:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 26, 2012, 4:59 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) has ended its efforts to keep documents related to Microsoft's (MSFT) $31/share 2008 bid sealed, shortly after Dan Loeb requested they be made public. The decision by Jerry Yang and Yahoo's board to turn down Microsoft's bid has been frequently blasted, and the documents could turn up an embarrassing detail or two that could bolster Loeb's proxy fight. (earlier)
    | Mar. 26, 2012, 4:59 PM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 14, 2012, 11:30 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) wants to minimize the impact of the huge layoffs that will soon arrive by selling much of its ad technology platform, reports Kara Swisher. She adds Yahoo has already approached MSFT, GOOG, and P-E firm Silver Lake about such a deal, which, in tandem with a subsequent outsourcing deal, would "turn a cost center into a revenue source." The report comes just a few months after Yahoo decided to buy ad tech firm Interclick.
    | Mar. 14, 2012, 11:30 AM | Comment!
  • Feb. 21, 2012, 12:32 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +1.1%) has rolled out a long-awaited software upgrade for the PlayBook, and (in spite of the PlayBook's meager sales) is also unveiling a splashy ad campaign to go with it. Meanwhile, rumors of new buyout interest (previously) from Microsoft (MSFT) are reportedly making the rounds, but RIM shares are only getting a slight lift this time.
    | Feb. 21, 2012, 12:32 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 6, 2012, 8:39 AM
    TiVo (TIVO) +6% premarket on a Barron’s weekend report that says the provider of digital-video recorders could be targeted for acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT) or Google (GOOG). Software patent victories and advanced hardware also have made shares attractive again, the article says.
    | Feb. 6, 2012, 8:39 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:02 PM
    Even as it hitches its smartphone future to Windows Phone (MSFT), Nokia (NOK) is making it clear it still sees a place for less powerful software on the low end of its product line. The latest proof comes via its acquisition of software firm Smarterphone, whose OS provides smartphone-like capabilities to no-frills "feature phones." In October, Nokia acquired mobile Linux developer Meltemi,
    | Jan. 6, 2012, 12:02 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 22, 2011, 10:23 AM
    Following reports that RIM (RIMM) has been a takeover target of several companies, Globe & Mail writes that the reason a deal hasn't happened is because Microsoft (MSFT) and others were scared away by the “rapid deterioration” of the BlackBerry business. But the report notes that RIM is resistant to a takeover until it sees how the new QNX smartphones are received.
    | Dec. 22, 2011, 10:23 AM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:33 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +4.1%) is rallying on another round of buyout buzz. Caitlin Duffy notes options speculators are placing big bets on December calls - some of which expire tomorrow. Nomura's Rick Sherlund, however, is throwing cold water on the sometimes-discussed notion that Microsoft (MSFT) might be interested in RIM, and Eric Savitz is even more skeptical of such a tie-up occurring. (previously)
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 3:33 PM | Comment!
  • Nov. 30, 2011, 10:50 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO +1.5%) is underperforming after Bloomberg's report of a $16.60/share bid from Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT +2.6%) for a mere 10%-15% stake (and in convertible preferred securities, at that) fails to impress. Kara Swisher claims P-E firm TPG capital has offered $17.50/share for a minority stake, and other players are hanging around, but that bids north of $20/share are unlikely to arrive.
    | Nov. 30, 2011, 10:50 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:38 AM
    The consortium led by Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT) bid ~$16.60/share for a minority stake in Yahoo (YHOO), sources say, somewhat lower than an offer made by TPG Capital. Still debating whether to get off the sidelines: Alibaba Group, KKR (KKR), THL and Blackstone (BX). (previously)
    | Nov. 30, 2011, 5:38 AM | 2 Comments
Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones and other devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States