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  1. Alex Pham's Digital Notes: Madonna Leverages BitTorrent, Linkin Park Streams on Xbox, Brian Frank Exits Beats Music

    September 17, 2013 3:50 PM EDT Madonna Leverages BitTorrent The queen of pop is the latest established artist to use BitTorrent. In Madonna's case, she will be releasing a free BitTorrent Bundle containing a 17-minute film entitled "secretprohectrevolution" tha ...

  2. Xbox Music Adds Freemium Option, Expands to iOS, Android As App

    September 09, 2013 12:01 AM EDT Xbox Music is breaking out of the Microsoft box. The on-demand music service will be available as apps on Apple's iOS and Google's Android devices starting Monday (Sept. 9), a move designed to broaden Xbox Music's distribution and ...

  3. Nokia Stocks Rise, Microsoft Stocks Fall Following Acquisition News (Updated)

    September 03, 2013 2:59 PM EDT Updated 2:55PM -- Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile comput ...

  4. Microsoft's Nokia Deal Adds Pre-Show Momentum to Berlin Consumer Electronics Fair

    September 03, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Microsoft’s deal to pay more than $7 billion for Nokia’s devices and services business is amping up the buzz ahead of IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics fair, which kicks off Friday in Berlin. Microsoft announced the mega-deal Monday ...

  5. Read Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's 'One Microsoft' Memo, Promises 'Deep Entertainment Experiences,' 'Serious Fun'

    July 11, 2013 12:29 PM EDT Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today released a detailed memo ( click here ) under the headline "One Microsoft," in which the tech giant laid out plans for an organizational realignment and promised to provide "deep entertainment exp ...

  6. Business Matters: Microsoft's Music Announcements Underwhelm But Deserve Attention

    June 26, 2013 8:44 PM EDT On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a radio feature for Xbox Music and an interesting music feature that creates a playlist based on the contents of a web page. But a Microsoft event just doesn't capture attention like an Apple event. Microsof ...

  7. Xbox One Price Tag at E3 Triggers Stock Market Stir

    June 10, 2013 9:56 PM EDT Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it’s next-generation Xbox One video game console will go on sale in November at $499, above what many analysts had predicted. The price point, announced at the company’s press conference in Los Angeles on the openi ...

  8. Is Microsoft Putting Ad-Free Pandora on Windows Phone 8?

    October 30, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 released Monday What do you do if you have a lot of money from owning the entire desktop computer market for decades, but people don't buy as many if your phones as you wish they would? Billboard's Future ...

  9. Business Matters: Should Pandora Fear Xbox Music?

    October 15, 2012 4:01 PM EDT It's a recurring theme: a new music service hits the market, Pandora's stock price takes a dip. It happened with Spotify. It happened with news of Apple's upcoming radio service. And it happened Monday with Microsoft's new Xbox ...

  10. Microsoft Presses Play on New Xbox Music Service

    October 15, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is taking on Spotify -- as well as the rest of the streaming music market. The technology giant on Monday is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an all-in-one music experience ...

  11. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  12. Microsoft Announces Xbox Music At E3

    June 04, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Goodbye Zune, and hello Xbox Music. Microsoft previewed its new music service at the annual E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Monday, effectively announcing the next chapter in Microsoft's six-year-plus quest to create a viable ...

  13. Microsoft to Preview Upcoming Music Service at E3: Report

    April 26, 2012 11:43 AM EDT operating system. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ...

  14. Apple Stores To Close Today For Steve Jobs Memorial Service

    October 19, 2011 7:49 AM EDT CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple is holding a private memorial service for employees to celebrate the life of company co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs. The service, announced to Apple employees in an email by CEO Tim Cook, is schedu ...

  15. Sony to Post $3.2 Billion Annual Loss

    May 23, 2011 7:29 AM EDT Sony Corp said it expected to post a $3.2 billion net loss for the year that ended on March 31 due to a write off on tax credits, the latest in a string of grim headlines for the consumer electronics giant. The maker of PlayStation video games, Va ...

  16. Microsoft Reportedly Near Deal to Buy Skype

    May 10, 2011 7:37 AM EDT Microsoft Corp. is nearing a deal to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype in what could be the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history, according to a published report. If Microsoft does buy Skype, The Wall Street Jou ...

  17. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago

    March 14, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has decided to end production of the Zune, the device it created to support its music service of the same name. But the death of the Zune really began more than a year ago when Microsoft first announced its plans f ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. @CES 2011: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Keynote Address Focuses on Kinect, Mobile Apps. Tablets Take Backseat

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer led off his CES keynote tonight with a little bit of gaming and a little bit of mobile, touting impressive momentum for two of the company's larger initiatives of the last year. On the gaming side, Ballmer proudly ...

  20. Court Gives Google Another Shot At Microsoft Deal

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has sided with Google Inc. in a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Department of Interior improperly favored Microsoft Corp. in a deal that could have had ripple effects on future software contracts with other federal government agencies. T ...

  21. Yahoo Japan-Google Deal Gets Regulatory Green Light

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Japan's anti-monopoly watchdog gave the official go-ahead on Thursday (Dec. 2) to a search-engine alliance between Yahoo Japan Corp and Google Inc that had been questioned by competitors. Yahoo Japan, the nation's top Internet portal, ha ...

  22. EU Launches Google Investigation After Complaints

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST European Union antitrust regulators opened on Tuesday (Nov. 30) a formal investigation into Google after rival services complained that the world's No. 1 Internet search engine abused its dominant position. The move came more than nine months ...

  23. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Tower Records and more

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Live Nation's Q3 -- Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said the company “scrapped and fought our way through Q3.” Indeed it did. The third quarter is the company’s big mon ...

  24. Katy Perry, Maroon 5 Help Launch Windows Phone

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft and AT&T will launch the new Windows Phone with free concerts featuring Katy Perry at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, and Maroon 5 at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Nov. 8, the company announces today. Tickets are available only ...

  25. Report: AOL, Buyout Firms Mulling Bid For Yahoo

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc.'s inability to snap out of a financial funk may be about to turn the embattled Internet company into a takeover target for the second time in less than three years. That possibility, floated in a story posted online late Wednesday ...

  26. Katy Perry Sings For Bing

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry's latest single "Firework" is coming to mobile phones via a special branded version of the popular Tap Tap Revenge franchise. Fans can download the game to listen and play along to the song for free a week before it gets ...

  27. Slacker, iheartradio Among Windows Phone 7 Supported Apps

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If you think that the new Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform will only feature Microsoft’s Zune digital music service, think again. During a lunch meeting, PR manager Brian Seitz showed off a model of the upcoming phone that featured a number of ...

  28. Zune To Replace MSN Music In U.K.

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft will move its music service to the Zune Marketplace when the platform launches in the U.K. later this year. Zune Marketplace, which will also roll out across Europe, is for PCs, the new Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 games console. The Zun ...

  29. Gorillaz Launches Internet Explorer 9 Beta

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gorillaz helped launch Microsoft's Beta version of Internet Explorer 9 at an event in London tonight (Sept. 15). Although the launch of a Beta version of a new Web browser might be typically aimed at a techy audience, Microsoft executives mad ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  34. Microsoft Rolls Out Entertainment Bing Search Engine

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft rolled out an entertainment-based section for its Bing search engine at a Los Angeles press conference this evening. Bing searchers now have the ability to play any song listed in Bing search results in its entirety once, provided that t ...

  35. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. UPDATE: Major Shakeup At Xbox

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s official. Microsoft has indeed engineered a major shakeup of its entertainment and devices division, as reported earlier today (below). Out are the two most visible faces of the division: president Robbie Bach—who has led the business unit si ...

  38. Google Faces EU Scrutiny After Complaints

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST European Union antitrust regulators are looking into complaints filed by three online companies against Google that may lead to a formal investigation into the search-engine giant's business practices. The European Commission, tasked with ens ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. MSN Music Returns To U.K.

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has re-opened its MSN Music download store for U.K. users, although its streaming service has yet to be fully launched. The service, currently in beta, has more than 1 million tracks in DRM-free format from all the majors, and offers pre ...

  41. Google Back On Track For Growth, Eyes Deals

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc's growth machine is back in gear. The world's No. 1 search engine not only posted higher-than-expected third-quarter profits and revenues, but also said it was looking for major acquisitions and could buy a large company " ...

  42. Microsoft, Yahoo In 10-year Web Search Partnership

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT They finally did it. Microsoft and Yahoo have finally announced a long-awaited search partnership. As part of the new 10-year deal Microsoft's recently launched Bing product will power Yahoo's search, and Yahoo's sales force will se ...

  43. Microsoft Talks Music Streaming Service

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft plans to launch a music streaming service with a "similar principle to Spotify," according to a report by the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. "Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music stre ...

  44. 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&# ...

  45. Microsoft To Integrate Zune With Xbox 360

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft unveiled plans to integrate its Zune digital entertainment service with the highly popular Xbox 360 platform, in a move designed more to confirm rumors than to provide specifics. The company will also bring a new Zune device to market th ...

  46. Microsoft Steps Up Value Attacks On Apple

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is continuing its attacks on Apple products as overpriced with a new Web campaign for its Zune portable media player. In a Web video, financial planner and former reality show star Wes Moss presents the case that the 120GB iPod would cos ...

  47. Common Launching Diesel Cologne, Microsoft Clothing Line

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Common has teamed up with Diesel for Only the Brave, a new men's fragrance, and with Microsoft for a line of PC-inspired clothing called Softwear. The rapper will be featured in the print and television ad campaign, shot by photographe ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Microsoft Restructures Zune Division

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has restructured its Zune division. A report in CNET , based on an interview with Microsoft, details how the team is now split between hardware and software responsibilities. The latter is now under the purview of the Mediaroom and Media ...

  50. Zune Revenues Fall 54%

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST It seems that Microsoft's Zune just can't catch a break. Despite a holiday ad blitz and introduction of new services - including a feature that lets subscribers keep 10 free songs a week - revenue for the Zune division fell 54% in the fo ...

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