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2008-10-03 11:30:00

Microsoft unveiled on Friday a new software package created to run on a new line of affordable, slimmed-down laptops made for Portuguese school children. Portugal's ultra-cheap "Magellan" laptop began entering public schools last month. The government's goal is to distribute 500,000 of the personal computers to children at home and export it to countries in Latin America and Africa. "This is a unique, amazing and wonderful program on a global scale," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the...

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2008-09-30 14:50:00

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer warned Tuesday that no company, including his own, would be safe from the effects of the current financial crisis, which will shrink both business and consumer spending. "Financial issues are going to affect both business spending and consumer spending, and particularly ... spending by the financial services industry," Ballmer told reporters in Oslo. "We have a lot of business with the corporate sector as well as with the consumer sector and whatever happens...

2008-09-09 09:00:21

CINCINNATI, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The old adage, "It takes a village," is true on many fronts, especially in secondary education. A strong community base is the key to strong schools; Alumni Connection (http://www.alumniconnection.com/) works to strengthen relationships between the two. *(LOGO Link: Send2Press.com/mediaboom/08-0909-AlumCnct.jpg) AlumniConnection.com has developed new technology which delivers financial support to high schools so they can fill gaps as states continue...

2008-08-06 12:00:07

By Elise Ackerman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Aug. 6--More than a third of Yahoo's shareholders signaled their opposition to Jerry Yang's re-election to the board of directors, the company said Tuesday, far higher than originally reported and a stinging rebuke to his leadership of the Internet giant. After questions about the election of board members were raised by its largest shareholder, the company said a vote-counting error significantly underreported the opposition to Yang and...

2008-08-04 06:00:06

By Miguel Helft Jerry Yang, the soft-spoken chief executive of Yahoo, rarely becomes animated, at least in public. But ask him about his company's lackluster performance over the past year, and he pounds the table - albeit ever so lightly - punctuating his answer with a dose of impatience. "We have a plan," Yang said during an interview at Yahoo's headquarters here. "We want to grow the business over a three-to five-year period. We are executing against that plan. And we are still doing...

2008-07-30 12:00:31

By Benjamin J. Romano, Seattle Times Jul. 30--Microsoft's new glowing orb got lots of attention at an event for visiting computer scientists Tuesday. But across the way, company researchers showed off something more central to Microsoft's biggest challenge: catching Google in Internet search. The orb, known as Sphere, expands on the touch-sensing technology Microsoft debuted in its Surface tabletop computer last year. A camera inside the Sphere detects touches on the surface, allowing...

2008-07-25 15:00:18

By Elise Ackerman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 25--The curtain appeared to come down Thursday on Silicon Valley's most popular business drama, as Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer confirmed that talks to acquire Yahoo have ended and a major shareholder advisory service said it was backing the Internet company's board. "It didn't work out," Ballmer said during Microsoft's annual presentation to analysts. "Fine. We're done. We can move on." RickMetrics Group, a subsidiary of ISS, one...

2008-07-25 12:00:17

Microsoft (MSFT) has all but shut the door on the prospect of resuming talks to buy all or part of Yahoo! (YHOO). Speaking at the company's annual meeting for analysts on July 24, Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said a Yahoo deal at this point "essentially makes no sense." If Yahoo is no longer the remedy for Microsoft's ailing online operations, what is? The software giant spent part of the day trying to persuade analysts that it's got something better in mind. Yet with Wall Street...

2008-07-25 09:00:47

Architect of unsuccessful Yahoo bid leaves Microsoft LOS ANGELES, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The architect of Microsoft's effort to buy Yahoo is leaving his job, in an unexpected move that raises questions about the software giant's continued pursuit of the Internet company, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Thursday. Kevin Johnson, a longtime lieutenant of Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, reportedly is taking a top job at Juniper Networks based in Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley, the...

2008-07-24 18:00:17

By Brandon Bailey and Pete Carey, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 24--The architect of Microsoft's star-crossed effort to buy Yahoo is leaving his job, in an unexpected move that raises questions about the giant software company's continued pursuit of the Sunnyvale Internet firm. Kevin Johnson, a longtime lieutenant of Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, will become chief executive officer of Sunnyvale-based Juniper Networks. He was president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division,...