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  • 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.
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  • 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,
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  • 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. 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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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. 29, 2011, 1:43 PM
    More than 3 years after shooting down Microsoft's (MSFT) $33/share bid, Jerry Yang still appears bent on maintaining control of Yahoo (YHOO). In a story resembling an earlier report, a source claims Yang wants a deal in which Yahoo would issue new stock to PE firms friendly to him, and use the proceeds to buy back shares from the public. Yahoo is up 2.9% today on the latest round of investment/buyout buzz (I, II, III).
  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:06 AM
    A consortium led by P-E firm Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly submitting a plan to take up to a 20% stake in Yahoo (YHOO), and TPG Capital is also eyeing a minority stake. Yahoo's board is expected to meet this week, or possibly even today, to discuss options. (also: a partial LBO)
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  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:58 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO -0.1%) outperforms after it's learned Microsoft (MSFT) has joined the ranks of firms to have signed Yahoo's strict NDA, which it's requiring of would-be buyers interested in taking a closer look at the company. The big question: is Microsoft serious about making a bid (perhaps with a partner), or does it just want a peek at a competitor/partner's books? (yesterday)
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  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:26 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired VideoSurf, a developer of technology for analyzing the content of video frames, for $70M. Microsoft says it plans to use VideoSurf's technology to "augment the Xbox 360 ecosystem," and to make it easier to search and discover entertainment content available on Xbox Live.
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  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:08 AM
    P-E firm Silver Lake has held talks with Microsoft (MSFT), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and other potential partners about buying Yahoo (YHOO), the WSJ reports. Silver Lake is one of a few Yahoo suitors to sign an NDA, a requirement that has slowed the sale process.
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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11:58 AM
    There are good reasons why Apple (AAPL +2.9%) may not make a play for Nuance (NUAN +2.6%): Apple doesn't make $8B acquisitions, and Nuance is in areas such as medical transcriptions that Apple doesn't want. But Mike Dawson thinks they'd be crazy not to try, since it could be worth it just to keep the speech recognition technology away from Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).
  • Oct. 19, 2011, 8:22 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) buyout developments: Sources say a joint plan is coming from Silver Lake, a Canadian pension plan, and Microsoft (MSFT) (which would be in for the bulk of the deal, several billion dollars). After MSFT's failed 2008 bid, it won't go solo, but it reportedly wants key influence over Yahoo's future. (earlier: I, II)
  • Oct. 19, 2011, 4:39 PM
    More details on the firms sniffing around Yahoo (YHOO): Almost every big U.S. private-equity firm is "knee-deep" in working a buyout: Silver Lake, Blackstone (BX), TPG, KKR, Bain, Carlyle, H&F, Providence Equity and Warburg Pincus. With a $16-$18/share price being thrown around, it'll likely take two to four firms to support a bid that would reach past $20B; Eyes are on key stakeholders Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) and Microsoft (MSFT).
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  • Oct. 18, 2011, 10:32 AM
    The $4.5B sale of Nortel's patents to six tech companies (AAPL, MSFT, RIMM, EMC, ERIC, and SNE) is still being reviewed by the DOJ, according to Microsoft's IP chief. Regulatory challenges to the deal could potentially have an impact on the bidding for InterDigital (IDCC) and/or Eastman Kodak's (EK) patents.
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  • Oct. 14, 2011, 7:53 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has closed its $8.5B acquisition of Internet voice and video giant Skype. CTO Cameron Evans goes over some of Microsoft's plans for the costly acquisition, such as integration with its Xbox, Windows Phone, and Lync platforms. Skype announced a major deal with Facebook in July.
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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