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  • Jul. 6, 2012, 1:55 PM
    Vivendi (VIVHY.PK) has reportedly hired an i-bank to gauge the market for 61%-owned Activision (ATVI -1.5%). It's added bankers are "sounding out" tech and media companies such as Tencent, Time Warner, and Microsoft, as well as P-E firms. Vivendi's efforts to sell Activision, first reported last week, are pivotal to its restructuring plans. But a buyer for the $13.3B company could be hard to come by, and many think a spin-off of Vivendi's stake is more likely. (earlier)
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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. 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, 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.
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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.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 6:51 PM
    Microsoft's (MSFT) purchase of Yammer will give its SharePoint collaboration platform badly needed social networking features, observes ex-Microsoft employee Aaron Fulkerson, while adding the deal is a negative for Jive (JIVE). Channelnomics points out Yammer's social networking platform addresses many of the communications shortcomings of corporate e-mail. On that level, the acquisition represents a defensive move in support of Microsoft's Outlook/Exchange e-mail empire.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 3:05 AM
    Business-software company Yammer agreed to sell itself to Microsoft (MSFT) for $1.2B, sources say, though it's unclear when the deal will be completed and announced. Buying Yammer, often called "Facebook for the workplace," suggests Microsoft may be trying to plug some holes in its Office software. (previously)
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 9:46 AM
    Jive Software (JIVE +9.2%) jumps following reports Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) is in talks to buy Jive rival Yammer, potentially for $1B+. AllThingsD's Arik Hesseldahl suggests Yammer's lack of IPO preparation (unlike Jive) and challenges in getting users to pay make a Microsoft deal logical. ZDNet's Eileen Brown notes Yammer is used by 85% of the Fortune 500, and could bolster Microsoft's efforts to add cloud and social networking features to its Dynamics business apps.
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 12:39 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly in talks to buy Yammer, a top provider of private enterprise social networking sites, and could end up paying over $1B. Yammer would join an extensive list of Microsoft solutions that enable business collaboration, including SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Skype. Jive Software (JIVE), which competes with Yammer and has already been the subject of M&A speculation, could trade higher on the report. Salesforce.com (CRM) also competes with Yammer via its Chatter product. (previous)
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  • Jun. 11, 2012, 6:47 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT -2.6%) considered making an offer for Nokia (NOK -8.3%) in late 2011 and examined the company's books, but both parties decided against a sale, reports The Register's Andrew Orlowski. He speculates Microsoft would prefer to see Nokia, which is hemorrhaging cash, become cheaper before making a bid. Nokia fell sharply today after Samsung shot down rumors of takeover interest.
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  • Jun. 5, 2012, 12:54 PM
    Google (GOOG) follows up on its acquisitions of Meebo and KikScore by acquiring Quickoffice, maker of a popular productivity suite for iOS and Android devices. Assuming Google bundles Quickoffice with Android, the acquisition could bolster Android's standing in the enterprise market, where the iPhone (AAPL) is faring better. The deal comes ahead of the expected November launch of iPad and Android versions of Microsoft Office (MSFT).
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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)
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  • 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.
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  • May 24, 2012, 4:58 PM
    Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal subsidiary is in "serious negotiations" to buy Microsoft's (MSFT) stake in MSNBC.com, 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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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