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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,...

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2008-07-24 15:10:00

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is taking direct control over two of the company's most important businesses -- including competition with Google -- in a significant reorganization announced late Wednesday afternoon. The news came shortly after reports surfaced that Kevin Johnson, a veteran Microsoft executive in charge of a sprawling division that includes both the mainstay Windows business and the company's shakier online efforts, was leaving to head network-equipment maker Juniper...

2008-07-24 15:00:17

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 software giant's continued pursuit of the Sunnyvale Internet company. Kevin Johnson, a longtime lieutenant of Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, reportedly is taking a top job at Sunnyvale-based Juniper Networks. He was president of Microsoft's platforms and services...

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2008-07-24 12:15:00

From: Steve Ballmer Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 4:30 PM To: Microsoft - All Employees Subject: FY09 Strategic Update With FY08 complete, I want to discuss my priorities for the year ahead and share my thoughts about the key strategic topics that are on everybody's mind, including Windows, competition with Apple and Google, our software plus services strategy, and Yahoo. I also have news about an organizational change and a transition in our Senior Leadership Team. First, I want to thank...

2008-07-24 12:00:17

With its bid to acquire part or all of Yahoo! (YHOO) looking less likely, Microsoft (MSFT) announced July 23 that one of the top executives who pushed the deal will leave the company. Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Div., responsible for its Windows franchise and its online operations, is leaving the company. The company didn't say where he was going, but a source confirmed a report in The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, that Johnson is leaving to...

2008-07-23 00:00:15

By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo Inc. averted a showdown with rabble- rousing investor Carl Icahn on Monday by giving him three seats on its board of directors in a truce that still leaves the door open for a possible sale to Microsoft Corp.The compromise spares Yahoo from more bickering with Icahn, an acerbic billionaire who had spent the past two months spearheading a rebellion to replace the Internet company's entire board in retaliation for its rejection of Microsoft's...


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