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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 4:12 PM
    Glu Mobile (GLUU +5.2%) closed with a healthy gain thanks to a new round of M&A chatter. The latest rumors appear to involve Microsoft (MSFT). Zynga (ZNGA) has been named as a prospective suitor for the mobile game developer in prior speculation.
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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 10:43 AM
    The Verge's review of Nokia's (NOK) 808 PureView phone declares its camera, replete with a 41MP sensor, to be "astounding, breathtaking, stupefying." It adds, "this phone’s image quality is so far ahead of the competition that it really has no competition." It isn't crazy about the phone otherwise - the 808 runs Symbian, and has a mediocre display - but the camera comments could bode well for upcoming Windows Phone (MSFT) devices that are expected to contain PureView tech.
  • Jun. 26, 2012, 10:07 AM
    Jive Software (JIVE +4.1%) CEO Tony Zingale boasts he has been receiving calls from customers of rival Yammer who are worried about its sale to Microsoft (MSFT). However, he admits the deal could cause prospective Jive customers to hold off on buying, as they wait to see how Microsoft integrates Yammer with SharePoint. Separately, Capstone predicts LinkedIn (LNKD +1.9%) will offer its own private social networking platform, and notes the company is testing a solution internally.
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 2:24 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) finally makes its widely-reported $1.2B, all-cash acquisition of Yammer official. The PR notes Yammer has over 5M corporate users (ed: not all of them are paying), and claims Yammer's enterprise social networking platform will complement SharePoint, Office 365, Dynamics, and Skype. (more)
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 12:09 PM
    Electronic Arts (EA) has reportedly poached at least 50 developers from Microsoft's (MSFT) Shanghai office, with the goal of creating an in-app purchase platform that will underpin its "freemium" games. EA's limited position in the freemium mobile gaming market relative to Zynga and others has been a cause of concern for some. The hirings come less than a year after EA tabbed Microsoft exec Rajat Taneja to be its CTO.
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 11:46 AM
    Nokia (NOK -9.7%) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU -7.5%) are off sharply, as investors fret Europe's debt crisis will prevent the cash-burning companies from raising fresh capital. Nokia is now at levels last seen in 1996, and speculation is growing newly-minted tablet seller Microsoft (MSFT) will consider buying its Windows Phone partner. Nonetheless, a Microsoft exec asserts his company has no interest in making its own phones, shooting down prior speculation.
  • Jun. 25, 2012, 10:13 AM
    Gizmodo reports Google's (GOOG) Nexus tablet, expected to be announced this week at Google I/O, will feature an Nvidia (NVDA) Tegra 3 processor (previous) and 7" display. An 8GB version of the device, which will be called the Nexus 7 (ed: maybe that suggests a Nexus 9 or 10 with a larger display will follow), will sell for $199, and a 16B version will go for $249. Even with those prices, the tablet faces an uphill battle against the iPad, the Kindle Fire, and perhaps soon Microsoft Surface.
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  • Jun. 24, 2012, 4:51 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM) might hawk its BlackBerry business to Amazon (AMZN) or Facebook (FB); sell or open up its messaging systems to Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG); or keep the company whole and sell a large stake to Microsoft (MSFT), Sunday Times says ($$). For now, keep an eye on Q1 earnings this week.
  • Jun. 22, 2012, 7:03 PM
    TechRadar provides the first meaningful review of Microsoft Surface. Its comments are mostly positive, praising Surface's design, ergonomics, and keyboard covers, as well as the performance of apps on Windows RT (MSFT). However, commentary about its software is relatively light. TechRadar's verdict: "Surface doesn't feel like an iPad (AAPL) in your hands; it feels like a well-designed Windows tablet crammed with clever touches that make it practical."  (earlier)
  • Jun. 22, 2012, 4:04 PM
    Google (GOOG) will likely launch a cloud infrastructure platform at next week's Google I/O conference, sources tells GigaOm. It's suggested the service will compete more with Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure than Amazon Web Services (AMZN) - the latter is wildly popular with Internet companies, but the former has more of an enterprise/app development focus. Rackspace (RAX) and its OpenStack platform also stands to be in Google's crosshairs. Google is late to the game, but there's plenty of growth left.
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  • Jun. 22, 2012, 12:12 PM
    With Microsoft Surface having sent the Windows 8 hype cycle into overdrive, some blowback was probably inevitable. Time's Harry McCracken thinks Surface amounts to vaporware, and notes Microsoft's (MSFT) long history of providing "extremely rough drafts" of products that weren't close to finished (ed: some journalists did receive a small amount of hands-on time with Surface). ABI Research, meanwhile, predicts Windows tablets will only account for 1.3% of 2012 shipments. (earlier)
  • Jun. 22, 2012, 9:13 AM
    The ARM-based version of Microsoft Surface (features an NVDA chip) will cost more than $599, and the Intel (INTC) version more than $799, according to sometimes-accurate Digitimes. The reported price for the ARM-based version would make challenging the iPad's dominance, not an easy thing to begin with, quite difficult. Separately, Computerworld's analysis of the battery info provided by Microsoft (MSFT) leads it to speculate Surface's battery life will be worse than the iPad's.
  • Jun. 21, 2012, 6:53 PM
    Though Windows 8 is still months away from shipping, the hype is growing. Microsoft's (MSFT) ability to offer a common developer environment and interface between PCs, mobile devices, and the Xbox leads Bernstein to predict its tablet share will surpass Android's by 2014/15. Gizmodo's Adrian Covert declares Microsoft "the most exciting company in tech," both for its integration efforts, and its willingness to abandon existing products/features if it sees a long-term benefit. (previous)
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  • Jun. 21, 2012, 5:17 PM
    BlackBerry OS (RIMM) apps generate more revenue on average - $3,853, compared with $3,693 for iOS, $2,735 for Android, and $1,234 for Windows Phone - than any other mobile platform, according to a Vision Mobile study. Unfortunately, this edge (partly the result of fewer BlackBerry apps being available) isn't enough to stop 41% of surveyed BlackBerry developers from stating they plan to abandon the platform. 52% of Symbian developers also plan to jump ship.
  • Jun. 21, 2012, 2:47 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT), whose tablet launch this week drew a bit of media attention, may also be developing its own smartphone, "industry sources" tell Nomura's Rick Sherlund. If the rumor is true, Nokia (NOK), which has bet its increasingly threatened future on Windows Phone, can't be thrilled about it. (Windows Phone 8)
  • Jun. 21, 2012, 12:50 PM
    In order to help settle their bitter patent dispute, Motorola Mobility (GOOG) is proposing Microsoft (MSFT) pay it a $0.50 royalty for every copy of Windows containing Motorola's H.264 video encoding tech, in exchange for Motorola paying a $0.33 royalty on every smartphone it ships that supports Microsoft's ActiveSync software. Microsoft has dismissed the offer, and suggests Motorola is obligated to license its patents under FRAND terms. ITC injunctions (I, II) may be pending.
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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