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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Zune Phone Announcement Coming?

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Is the much-rumored Zune phone finally to see the light of day? A report in Barrons' cites Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research predicting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil a device combining the Zune music player with the rec ...

  5. Zune Pass Opens Doors On Permanent Download Offer

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Starting today, Zune users subscribing to the $15 a month Zune Pass service will get to also keep 10 tracks a month of their choice as a permanent download. Previously the Zune Pass worked like any other subscription service, where users paid the ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Zune Pursuing Original Content

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune is looking to Hollywood to gain an edge on Apple's iPod. Microsoft executives have been making the rounds at talent agencies and production companies in recent months in hopes of licensing exclusive original video progra ...

  8. Zune Pacts with New Era for Webisodes

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune, as part of a marketing campaign with hat manufacturer New Era, will be releasing a series of Webisodes featuring artists such as Nelly, Linkin Park and N.E.R.D. The free Webisodes, which are expected to be from five to seven ...

  9. Microsoft Recruits EMI Japan Pres Doyama

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Japan president Shoji Doyama will join Microsoft Japan as vice president in charge of consumer and online business effective July 1, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of the U.S. computer company has reported. Neither Doyama nor EMI Music Japan ...

  10. Last.fm Names Yeung VP of Marketing

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm named Orlena Yeung VP of marketing. Yeung comes from Microsoft's Xbox division, where she was global brand manager. In her new position, she will oversee all aspects of Last.fm's marketing strategy. She will report to Last.fm co- ...

  11. EC Fines Microsoft A Record $1.4 Billion

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Commission Wednesday slapped a record 899 million euros ($1.4 billion) fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 ruling ordering the software giant to change its business practices. The fine comes on top of earlier penalties ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. RealNetworks Forecasts Lower Revenues, Shares Fall

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital media company RealNetworks Inc forecasts first-quarter and full-year 2008 revenue below Wall Street expectations partly due to slower growth in its Rhapsody America music business. The news sent shares down as much as 3.3 percent in extend ...

  14. Microsoft Offers $44.6B For Yahoo

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets. The surpr ...

  15. Microsoft Rebrands PlaysForSure

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Adding to the confusion surrounding Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM campaign, the company has now rebranded the effort "Certified for Windows Vista." The DRM technology itself is unchanged. It's still the most common technology us ...

  16. Xbox, Gamefly Beef Up Music Offerings

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST As record stores stock fewer music CDs, the music industry is turning to videogames as an alternative method of distribution. Both Microsoft, developer of the Xbox 360 game console, and online game rental service GameFly introduced new music initi ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Microsoft Eyes-Up Musiwave

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft revealed that it is in talks to acquire mobile music firm Musiwave, which currently is owned by mobile software company Openwave. Musiwave develops various software, marketing and content management services for mobile operators who want ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Thompson Joins Zune Team

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft named Rick Thompson the corporate VP of Zune, responsible for overseeing the Zune digital music player. Thompson reports to J. Allard, corporate VP of entertainment & devices division, and is based in Seatlle. Thompson will be in cha ...

  21. Microsoft Unveils New Zune Devices And Service

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Showing no signs of backing off its effort to be the No. 2 in the digital music wars, Microsoft has a new line of Zune devices and upgrades to the Zune Marketplace service. The new devices, unveiled today (Oct. 3), include two flash-based devices ...

  22. Zune's New Tune

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's introduction of three new Zune devices, combined with an updated version of the Zune digital music service, suggests that the relatively lackluster response to the initial Zune offering has not fazed the computing giant from advan ...

  23. Zune Prices Cut

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft cut the price of its struggling Zune digital music device by $50 Sept. 4, the day before Apple's expected unveiling of new iPods. It a blog posting at ZuneInsider , the company said the drop to $200 is "part of the normal produ ...

  24. Paramasivam Exits Microsoft For EMI

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has hired M. "Parama" Paramasivam away from Microsoft to be its new VP of technology. His role will be to evaluate new technologies and applications that influence the digital music business and recommend new strategies for pur ...

  25. MusicNet Expands Scope, Re-Brands

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet, which provides the technology behind many of today's digital music subscription services, unveiled a plan to expand its content and technology portfolio to include music videos, TV and film -- changing its name to MediaNet Digital i ...

  26. Big Plans For DDEX In 2007

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT During the first annual meeting of the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), participants showed optimism that the music industry would adopt their standards which are designed to ease digital exchanges. "We want to create a level of simplicity in an ...

  27. Microsoft Exec Addresses Apple iPhone

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Perhaps the only person not impressed with Apple's pending iPhone launch is Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. In an interview printed in USA Today , Ballmer shrugs off the impact of the iPhone, saying it's high price will limit its appeal ...

  28. Warner/Chappell Inks Microsoft Deal

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music landed a worldwide administration deal with Microsoft. A first-of-its-kind deal for the software company, Warner/Chappell will administer several thousands compositions owned and controlled by Microsoft. They include songs us ...

  29. Microsoft Ordered To Pay $1.5 Billion In MP3 Lawsuit

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. must pay $1.52 billion in damages to telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for violating two patents related to digital music, a federal jury ruled Thursday (Feb. 22). The Redmond, Wash.-based software company said t ...

  30. UMG Ready For More Innovative Deals And Lawsuits

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Zach Horowitz, Universal Music Group president/COO, made a rare public speech during Grammy week here to provide entertainment lawyers with some context to the company's recent initiatives. The company will not shy away from suing social netw ...

  31. Zune Phone Next?

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Now that Apple has finally unveiled the much-rumored iPhone, the digerati sewing circle banter is moving on to Apple's competitor -- Microsoft. The early rumors are underway that Gates & Co. are developing a Zune phone. Microsoft confirme ...

  32. Exec Who Led Zune Launch Exits Microsoft

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft's J Allard, a key figure behind Microsoft's Zune launch, has taken over full responsibilities for the struggling digital music device and service in the wake of the departing corporate VP Bryan Lee. Lee announced his departure ...

  33. Zune Not Able To Share All Songs?

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Is the key feature of Microsoft's Zune digital media player a dud ? Touting the idea of "connected entertainment," Microsoft unveiled the Zune with a strong emphasis on users ability to share songs with other Zune owners via the dev ...

  34. Microsoft Discuss European Plans At MidemNet

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST MidemNet delegates were today (Jan. 20) given an insight into software juggernaut Microsoft's plans to become a music business powerhouse. During a candid podium conversation during the opening day of MidemNet, Chris Stephenson, GM, global ma ...

  35. Mobile Video Services Unveiled At CES

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST News is pouring out of the annual Consumer Electronics Show , hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association, which is now underway in Las Vegas. The biggest trend so far is the slew of mobile video related announcements. Verizon Wireless introduc ...

  36. Gates: 'Digital Decade Is Here'

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates unveiled a slew of new products and content partners Sunday in his keynote address kicking off the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show, vowing to deliver access to video and data no matter where the con ...

  37. UMG May Push Apple For Royalty Deal

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group chief executive Doug Morris said Tuesday (Nov. 28) he may try to fashion an iPod royalty fee with Apple Computer Inc. in the next round of negotiations in early 2007. Universal was the first major record label to strike an ag ...

  38. UMG May Push For Royalty Deal With Apple

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group chief executive Doug Morris said on Tuesday (Nov. 28) he may try to fashion an iPod royalty fee with Apple Computer Inc. in the next round of negotiations in early 2007. Universal Music Group chief executive Doug Morris said ...

  39. UMG May Push For Royalty Deal With Apple

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group chief executive Doug Morris said on Tuesday (Nov. 28) he may try to fashion an iPod royalty fee with Apple Computer Inc. in the next round of negotiations in early 2007. Universal Music Group chief executive Doug Morris said ...

  40. RealNetworks Reports Leap In Quarterly Earnings

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Third quarter revenue rose 14% to $93.7 million. RealNetworks Inc. on Monday (Nov. 6) reported a sharply higher net profit, boosted by proceeds from the settlement of its antitrust litigation against Microsoft Corp. and commercial agreements with ...

  41. Zune To Hit Stores In November

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Price at $250. The Microsoft Zune music player will hit retail shelves Nov. 14, priced at $250. That price matches the cost of Apple's comparable 30GB iPod. Unlike the iPod, however, the Zune can share music files directly between devices, re ...

  42. AOL, XM, AEG End Network Live Deal

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Wall acquires company, renaming it Control Room. AOL, XM Satellite Radio and AEG have ended their Network Live joint venture with Live 8 mastermind Kevin Wall. Wall has acquired full control of the year-old company and has renamed it Control ...

  43. Microsoft Unveils Zune

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft unveiled its Zune digital music device and service today (Sept. 14), providing a glimpse into exactly how the company intends to take on Apple Computer's iPod. Microsoft unveiled its Zune digital music device and service today (Sept ...

  44. Microsoft Unveils Zune

    September 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company offers glimpse at its iPod rival. Microsoft unveiled its Zune digital music device and service today (Sept. 14), providing a glimpse into exactly how the company intends to take on Apple Computer's iPod. The device—which has no offici ...

  45. UMG Backs Free Music Download Service

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SpiralFrog to launch in December. SpiralFrog, the music download destination scheduled to start its public testing phase this year, signed an agreement with Universal Music Group to make songs from the catalog of the world's largest record co ...

  46. Q&A: ROBBIE BACH

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Leading Microsoft's new Entertainment & Devices Division is Robbie Bach. Along with Xbox partner in crime J Allard, Bach is staffing his new unit with fresh blood straight from the entertainment i Leading Microsoft's new Entertai ...

  47. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Faces new penalties July 31. The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical details of it ...

  48. EU Fines Microsoft $357M

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union levied a second massive fine on Microsoft and threatened greater penalties in the future unless the world's largest software company obeys a 2004 antitrust order to share technical The European Union levied a second massive ...

  49. Microsoft Readies iPod Rival

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company already demonstrating the device. Microsoft Corp. is developing a music and video device to compete with Apple's iPod and creating its own music service to rival Apple's iTunes, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday (Jun ...

  50. Microsoft Japan Refute Portable Player Reports

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Japan has denied reports that it plans to launch portable digital music players in Japan. Microsoft Japan has denied reports that it plans to launch portable digital music players in Japan. "The news that we are going to launch a po ...

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