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  • Feb. 18, 2010, 2:51 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) says the Justice Department has joined the EC in approving its search partnership with Yahoo (YHOO); now comes the implementation, with initial changes happening within days.
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  • Feb. 18, 2010, 10:59 AM
    The EC clears Microsoft (MSFT) to buy Yahoo's (YHOO +0.3%) search business. The companies still need approval in Asia, and hope to make the transition by the end of this year. (earlier)
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  • Feb. 18, 2010, 9:25 AM
    NY Post reports Steve Ballmer and Carol Bartz are about to get hitched. Justice Department officials are expected within the next 30 days to approve without conditions the search pact between Ballmer's Microsoft (MSFT -0.1%)  and Bartz's Yahoo (YHOO +0.1%). "There's nothing coming of the DOJ investigation," the source said.
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  • Feb. 18, 2010, 8:38 AM
    With the iPad (AAPL) drumming up interest in a new category of gadgets, computer makers like Dell (DELL) and Sony (SNE) are angling to profit from the buzz. Even Microsoft (MSFT) is now working on its own two-screen tablet.
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  • Feb. 17, 2010, 12:42 PM
    Dilemma for Microsoft (MSFT): how to embrace web-based software while protecting Office's 64% profit margin. In the cloud-computing world, it will compete more and more with things that are free or lower cost.
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  • Feb. 16, 2010, 8:34 AM
    Apple (AAPL) is a valuable partner and there's no need for change, Google (GOOG) said yesterday at the Mobile World Congress, as rumors swirl that Bing (MSFT) may replace Google's search engine on the iPhone.
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  • Feb. 15, 2010, 12:32 PM
    Microsoft's (MSFT) new Windows Phone 7 Series mobile OS - unveiled today in Barcelona - is spiffy. But in a market already crowded with heavy hitters like Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG), it may be too late.
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  • Feb. 12, 2010, 1:17 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to secure unconditional EU approval for its search deal with Yahoo (YHOO), sources say. Experts believe regulatory concern is minimal because of Google's (GOOG) dominance.
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  • Feb. 12, 2010, 12:49 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +2.4%) is one of the market's few winners today, after RBC Capital upgrades based on valuation near historic lows that reflects largely downside scenarios. Microsoft (MSFT -0.5%) may need an acquisition to stay competitive in the smartphone game, and RIM has been eyed as a potential acquisition. Next week, Microsoft unveils its new Windows Phone, and even its own executives say it will "move the bar forward [but] not in an evolutionary way."
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  • Feb. 12, 2010, 10:41 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is banking on Monday's revamped Windows Phone software launch to try to right the ship after its growing market share in smartphones was knocked off course by the success of the iPhone (AAPL) and BlackBerry (RIMM).
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  • Feb. 12, 2010, 8:17 AM
    U.S. video game sales slid again in January, with NPD reporting a 13% drop from a year ago. Wii (NTDOY.PK) continues to lead console sales, with 466K units sold vs. 333K for Xbox 360 (MSFT) and 277K for PS3 (SNE). Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros, was the No. 1 software title, followed by Mass Effect 2 (ERTS).
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  • Feb. 11, 2010, 4:53 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly among the suitors who might pay $200M to buy social-gaming company CrowdStar, which makes games like "Happy Aquarium" for Facebook. ThinkEquity expects the social gaming market to triple to over $2B by 2012.
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  • Feb. 10, 2010, 8:47 AM
    Bing (MSFT) is grabbing marketshare slowly but surely. In January, the search engine had an 11.3% share of the U.S. market vs. 10.7% in Dec. and 8.5% a year ago. Google (GOOG) dipped to 65.4% from 65.7%; Yahoo (YHOO) dipped to 17% from 17.3%.
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  • Feb. 8, 2010, 1:27 PM
    All Things Digital says Microsoft (MSFT) likely will unveil Windows Mobile 7 next week at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, trying to create some excitement around its "foundering" mobile strategy. But Kara Swisher notes that the company might be better off buying one of the big telecoms, such as Research in Motion (RIMM). "Many sources at Microsoft have told me that CEO Steve Ballmer has expressed interest in buying RIM many times... Well, at least Ballmer is thinking big."
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  • Feb. 6, 2010, 8:00 AM
    Now that BlackRock (BLK) is the world's biggest asset manager, it sends the SEC more than 1,500 13G forms (like a 13D, used to report an investor owns 5% of a company), meaning it owns significant segments of some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies - including Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and even Exxon Mobil (XOM).
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  • Feb. 5, 2010, 3:42 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) loses Facebook's banner-ad business but expands a search-ad agreement with the social network, as the Bing owner attempts to make up ground on Google (GOOG) with search agreements.
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Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising to a global customer audience. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States