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  1. Google Could Be Target of FTC Antitrust Probe: Report

    April 05, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc's dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an i ...

  2. Microsoft To Phase Out Zune Player

    March 14, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Microsoft Corp is not planning any more versions of its unpopular Zune digital media player, but is to continue offering music and video using the same software online, through its Xbox game console and on its Windows phones. The decision not to f ...

  3. Facebook Takes On Google, Yahoo In Web Messages

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook rolled out an all-in-one messaging service that for the first time allows its half-billion members to communicate with people outside the social network, intensifying a battle with Google Inc and Yahoo Inc for users' Internet time. A ...

  4. Microsoft Seeks China Internet Search Partner: Report

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Software giant Microsoft Corp is looking for a partner in China to help the company play a major role in China's Internet search market, Wall Street Journal said. Simon Leung, Microsoft's chief executive for greater China, told the Journ ...

  5. Google Polishes Real-time Search, Launches Site

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc launched a website on Thursday (Aug. 26) - Google realtime - for users who want to sift through news, comments and other information on the Internet in real time, letting them follow conversations on social network hubs such as Facebook ...

  6. Microsoft Announce Tablet Plans

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp set out its ambitions to dominate the consumer electronics market on Thursday with Windows-powered tablet computers and smartphones designed to beat back advances by Apple Inc and Google Inc. New tablets will be available as soon as ...

  7. Yahoo Revenue Misses Expectations

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc missed Wall Street's revenue estimates in the second quarter as some customers unexpectedly cut spending on online display ads toward the end of June, and shares fell more than 6%. The lower-than-expected revenue, which came even as ...

  8. Apple Says iPad Sales Hit 3 Million

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc said it has sold 3 million iPads since the touch-screen tablet computer hit the market less than three months ago, boosting its stock before the company's iPhone arrives on store shelves this week. Shares in the consumer electronics ...

  9. Microsoft CEO Unconcerned With Apple Market Cap

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp chief Executive Steve Ballmer was unperturbed a day after rival Apple Inc shot past his firm as the world's biggest tech company by market value and said his aim was to develop a good product line and earn more profits. Microso ...

  10. Video Game Sales Plunge In April: NPD

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of video game hardware and software plunged 26% in April, industry tracker NPD said, one of the largest declines over the past decade. The research group said sales in the United States, the world's largest market, fell to $766.2 millio ...

  11. Google's Android Takes No. 2 Spot From iPhone

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market. But Googl ...

  12. Video Game Sales Jump In March, Reversing Slide

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of video game gear and software in the United States climbed 6% in March, said industry tracker NPD, bouncing back somewhat after declining for two straight months. Hardware sales slipped 4% in the month, but software sales jumped 10%. Ninte ...

  13. Google Profit Rise Fails To Impress

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc posted a 23% jump in quarterly revenue on a rebound in Web advertising, but its stock fell 5% as the company disappointed some investors accustomed to blowout results. Investors were also caught off guard by the company's announcem ...

  14. Microsoft/Yahoo partnership cleared by EU and U.S

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc said on Thursday (Feb. 18) they have won unconditional approval from regulators in the United States and Europe for a planned search deal that would challenge market leader Google Inc. Under the terms of the partnershi ...

  15. Google Gmail Tweak Challenges Facebook, Twitter

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc is tapping its huge network of Gmail users and Web surfers to create a Buzz that it hopes will help it catch up with online social networking leaders Facebook and Twitter. The world's No. 1 search engine on Tuesday (Feb. 9) launche ...

  16. Nintendo Q3 Profit Down 23%

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nintendo Co Ltd posted a 23% fall in quarterly profit as software sales for its DS handheld game player slowed and it cut the price of its Wii console, keeping its forecast for the first annual profit decline in four years. Nintendo has ridden whi ...

  17. China Says Ways To Resolve Google Issue, U.S. Cautious

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST China sought on Friday (Jan. 15) to play down a threat by Google Inc to quit the country on hacking and censorship concerns, saying any decision by the Internet search giant would not affect U.S. trade ties. The United States said it was too soon ...

  18. U.S. Video Game Sales Down 19%: NPD

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sales of video game equipment and software in the United States tumbled 19% in October to $1.07 billion, research group NPD said, troubling figures as the industry heads into the most important selling weeks of the year. Once thought to be relativ ...

  19. Microsoft, Google Seal Twitter Search Deals

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp and Google Inc secured separate agreements to access real-time content from Web phenomenon Twitter, intensifying their battle for a search market that Google dominates. Google, and Microsoft's five-month-old Bing, each announce ...

  20. Apple Smashes Forecasts, Stock Hits Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's profits and sales streaked past Wall Street forecasts as iPhone and Mac sales hit quarterly records, sending its shares rocketing to all-time highs. Sales of Mac computers -- the largest single contributor to Apple's revenue ...

  21. Arthur Levinson Quits Google Board Amid Govt Scrutiny

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google said on Monday that Arthur Levinson had resigned from its board following increased regulatory scrutiny over his membership as a director of both the top Internet search company and Apple Inc. The resignation by Levinson, the former chief e ...

  22. Microsoft Launches New Zune To Rival Apple iPod

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp launched a slimmer, revamped version of its Zune handheld music and video player on Tuesday as the software giant makes its latest attempt to compete with Apple Inc's ubiquitous iPod. The touch-screen Zune HD, which features a ...

  23. Microsoft Prices Zune HD Below iPod

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp put its new Zune HD digital music and video player on sale on Thursday (Aug. 13), pricing it below comparable Apple Inc iPod devices, in an attempt to claw some market share away from the dominant leader. The devices, which are avai ...

  24. Yahoo Set To Unveil New Homepage

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc said it plans to introduce a major overhaul of its Internet home page on Tuesday, as the company strives to make itself more relevant to Web surfers and create new ways to sell advertising. The new homepage blends Yahoo's collection ...

  25. iPhone, iPod Security Flaws Get 45 Patches

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc released 45 software patches to address rare security vulnerabilities in its popular iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices. The company released them on Wednesday (June 17) as part of its widely anticipated iPhone 3.0 operating system. &q ...

  26. Microsoft Makes Gains With Bing

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine won more market share from rivals last week, according to new industry data, but still trails Google Inc and Yahoo Inc. Challenging market leader Google -- which in turn is looking to break into Microsoft&# ...

  27. Yahoo To Cut Hundreds Of Jobs: Source

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc is preparing to lay off several hundred workers in the first round of cuts since Carol Bartz became chief executive in January, a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters. The layoffs could be announced next Tuesday, when Yaho ...

  28. RIM Opens Software Store For BlackBerry

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion has launched an online store selling entertainment, games, news, and travel applications to its BlackBerry users. RIM said on Wednesday its online store was immediately available to BlackBerry owners in Britain, Canada, and the ...

  29. Time Warner Names Google's Armstrong As AOL Chief

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc has named Google executive Tim Armstrong to lead AOL, in what was seen as a bold move to reverse the fortunes of the struggling Internet unit in preparation for a spin-off. The hire was a welcome surprise to Wall Street analysts, w ...

  30. Amazon Starts Game Trades

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com Inc will allow shoppers to trade in used video games for store credit, a move that may challenge a core driver of profitability for No. 1 U.S. game retailer GameStop Corp. GameStop shares fell 13% on Thursday, after Amazon set the trial ...

  31. Yahoo CEO Reorganizes Company

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Carol Bartz unveiled a broad reorganization plan designed to dismantle what she called the "silos" that had slowed down the Internet company. The move came as CFO Blake Jorgensen became the latest executive to l ...

  32. Nokia Unveils Online Software Shop

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's top cell phone maker Nokia unveiled on Monday its new online software and media store, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple's App Store. The focus of the cell phone market has been shifting to software development si ...

  33. Google Profit Beats On Strong Ad Sales

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Google Inc's quarterly earnings beat Wall Street forecasts as strong advertising sales on its self-branded Web sites helped the Internet leader defy the gloom pervading the tech sector. The results, which sent Google shares up 2.6% in after-h ...

  34. Microsoft Misses Profit, Plans To Cut Up To 5000 Jobs

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp stunned Wall Street with disappointing results that included plans to slash up to 5,000 jobs and a warning that profit and revenue will almost certainly drop over the next two quarters. The news from the world's largest softwar ...

  35. Microsoft Mulls Job Cuts: Report

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp is considering significant layoffs across its various divisions, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the company's plans. But plans for the cutbacks have not yet been firmed up and Microsoft could end ...

  36. Apple U.S. Mac Sales Flat In November

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc witnessed flat year-over-year overall sales in the United States for its Macs in November, while sales of rival Microsoft Corp's Windows PCs were up 7%, according to research firm NPD Group Inc, which tracks retail sales. Sales of d ...

  37. Yahoo Searches For New CEO

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc said Jerry Yang will step down as chief executive as soon as the board finds a replacement, sending its shares up 4% on hopes his departure will clear the way for a deal with Microsoft. Yang -- who will return to his former role focusing ...

  38. Dell Tests Music Player To Renew iPod Battle: Report

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In recent months, personal computer maker Dell Inc., has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September, the Wall Street Journal newspaper said, citing several Dell officials. Dell's new foray would put it int ...

  39. AOL To Buy Bebo Social Network

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc's AOL Internet division said on Thursday it will buy social network Bebo for $850 million in cash, bolstering its consumer Internet offerings even as the media conglomerate mulls splitting off the business. Bebo, which claims ...

  40. New Guitar Hero Gives Sweet Emotion To Aerosmith Fans

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Activision Inc on Friday unveiled a new "Guitar Hero" video game focusing on the rock band Aerosmith, taking the billion-dollar franchise in a new direction. Called "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith," the new game will arrive in stores t ...

  41. Yahoo Rejects Microsoft Bid

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc on Monday rejected Microsoft Corp's unsolicited $41.6 billion takeover offer as too low, forcing the software maker to either sweeten its bid or adopt a hostile approach to clinch a deal. Analysts say Microsoft will probably raise i ...

  42. Microsoft Buys Musiwave For $46M

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Openwave Systems Inc said it agreed to sell its Musiwave unit, a provider of mobile music entertainment services, to Microsoft Corp for $46 million. Microsoft will also assume the net debt of Musiwave as part of the deal. As of Sept. 30, 2007, Mus ...

  43. Microsoft Pays $240 Million For Facebook Stake

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it would pay $240 million for a minority equity stake in Facebook in a deal that values the social networking Web site at $15 billion. The world's largest software maker was bidding against Google Inc. for a s ...

  44. Wal-Mart Selling Digital Music Free Of Copy Curbs

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that it was now selling digital music downloads on its Web site without the customary copy-protection technology that limits where consumers can play the songs. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said ...

  45. EU Extends Review Of Microsoft, Time Warner

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said Monday that it had extended until August 25 a deadline for its review of a planned joint venture between U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp and Time Warner Inc. The European Commission said Monday that it had extended ...

  46. EU Extends Review Of Microsoft, Time Warner Venture

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said Monday that it had extended until August 25 a deadline for its review of a planned joint venture between U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp and Time Warner Inc. The European Commission said Monday that it had extended ...

  47. Electronics Firms Take Steps Toward Compatibility

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A consortium of the world's largest computer and electronics companies yesterday (June 22) established ground rules for building compatible electronic devices that can share movies, music and other me A consortium of the world's largest ...

  48. Electronics Firms Take Steps Toward Compatibility

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Consortium establishes standards for new devices. A consortium of the world's largest computer and electronics companies yesterday (June 22) established ground rules for building compatible electronic devices that can share movies, music and ...

  49. Beatles Said To Be In Online Song Licensing Talks

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Representatives of the Beatles are in discussions with various online music services about licensing their songs for distribution on the Internet, according to people familiar with the discussions. Representatives of the Beatles are in discussions ...

  50. Beatles Said To Be In Online Song Licensing Talks

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Representatives of the Beatles are in discussions with various online music services about licensing their songs for distribution on the Internet, according to people familiar with the discussions. Representatives of the Beatles are in discussions ...

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