03 October 2013

Bill Gates asked to leave as Microsoft Chairman

When it is time to go, some people have to be told --
Chicago Tribune
Shares of Microsoft have been essentially static for a decade, and the company has lost ground to Apple Inc and Google Inc in the move toward mobile ...

The Mac Observer

Microsoft steers same strategic course in Surface do-over
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft's refreshed Surface 2 tablets, which the company ... even struts in its head-to-head comparison advertisements that mock Apple's iPad, ... Bing, for instance, has failed to unseat Google or even threaten Google's ...

ITProPortal

Official Blog: Hulu Plus now works with Chromecast: "Hulu has added Chromecast support to their Hulu Plus app—just in time for the fall television season. Now you can easily enjoy your favorite shows, such as “Modern Family,” “New Girl” and “Parks and Recreation,” on your big-screen TV by casting from Hulu Plus on your mobile phone or tablet. It’s the same intuitive, remote-free experience you’ve come to enjoy with the other Chromecast-supported apps, and is as simple as pressing the Cast button which will now appear in the app. . . . "

BlackBerry Filing Describes a Global Slide - NYTimes.com: "In a delayed regulatory filing issued on Tuesday evening, the smartphone maker BlackBerry revealed that customers are turning against its products in what had been its one remaining bright spot, the developing world."


Windows Phone catching up with iOS and Android in Europe | Technology | theguardian.com: "One company which can't find any good news in the latest figures is BlackBerry. Its sales are following the same trajectory as Nokia's Symbian did - but Symbian at least was publicly killed off by Stephen Elop. BlackBerry is in a jam of its own making. Its share has collapsed to 0.5% of sales across the EU 5 - driven there partly by Germany and Spain. Its highest share is in France, at 4.2%, with the UK behind it at 3.7%. In the US, the other key western market, its sales share has dropped to 1.8%."

Google Accused of Wiretapping in Gmail Scans
New York Times
But now, one of the world's biggest Web companies, Google, must defend itself ... from Yahoo and Microsoft — and for the issue of how confidential is online data. ... During the Apple-Samsung patent trial, she made headlines for asking an ...

Zee News

Apple Now Holds 10% of All Corporate Cash: Moody's
Wall Street Journal
The companies with the five largest cash holdings – Apple, MicrosoftCorp., Google Inc. , Cisco Systems Inc. and Pfizer Inc. – held more than one quarter of the ...

The Mac Observer

Sharper display Apple iPad Mini faces delay-sources
Reuters
TAIPEI/TOKYO (Reuters) - Apple Inc will be unable to widely roll out a new... the sharper screen found on rival tablets from Google Inc andAmazon.com Inc.

Indian Express

The Washington Post closes sale to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
Washington Post
Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos formally took over as the owner of The Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local ...

Washington Post

Apple can push iOS email across German borders again
PCWorld
In February 2012, Apple was forced to switch off push email services for iOS devices in Germany after it lost a patent lawsuit brought by the nowGoogle-owned ...

Apple Insider

Apple's mothership HQ prepares for lift-off
New York Daily News
Apple Inc. gave Cupertino, Calif., one last friendly nudge Tuesday ahead of a vote over whether the company can begin construction there on its futuristic new ...

New York Daily News

Apple to fix iOS 7 iMessage glitch with another update soon
ZDNet
Apple continues to iron out bugs in its newly released iOS 7, acknowledging a problem with ... Acknowledging the issue, Apple earlier today pointed uses to its ...

Apple Insider

Apple Replaces Coca-Cola as World's Top Brand: 10 Ways It Did It
eWeek
Google, Apple's top competitor in the marketplace, was able to nab the second spot, while IBM took fourth, Microsoft fifth and Samsung eighth. That Apple ...

eWeek

Apple Snags CableLabs Exec to Work on "Something Big" - John ...
John Paczkowski
Apple Snags CableLabs Exec to Work on “Something Big” ... Tim Cook says that TV continues to be an area of great interest to Apple, and that the company has ...AllThingsD 
Brian Heater
Asked why Amazon opted for something so low-key, a rep answered, that CEO Jeff ..... Like the PlayStation app and Microsoft's SmartGlass, the feature is an .... Apple, Google and host of other tech companies sign letter asking for greater ...Engadget

Apple's iPad: A rumor roundup
Washington Post
The most obvious update would be to give the iPad mini the high-resolution “retina” display from the full-sized model of the iPad, putting the mini in even closer competition with similarly sized tablets from competitors such as Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Microsoft makes Xbox Live Gold free for the weekend
PCWorld (blog)
Microsoft said Tuesday that it will unlock its Xbox Live Gold service this weekend for most regions of the world, hoping gamers will get hooked again. SpecifIcally, the service will be available for free from Oct. 4 through 6, Microsoft said in a blog ...

Amazon to Hire 70000 Workers for the Holidays
Wall Street Journal
Amazon.com Inc. plans to hire 70,000 seasonal workers for its U.S. warehouse network this year, a 40% increase that points to the company's upbeat expectations about the holiday selling season. The online retailer expects another 15,000 temporary hires ...

Google's new concessions on European search will put rivals' logos into results
The Guardian
EU commissioner Joaquin Almunia has signalled that he will seek a settlement with Google over its dominance in search. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters. Europe's antitrust commissioner signalled on Tuesday that he will seek a settlement with Google ...
Microsoft Azure Earns FedRAMP Approval
InformationWeek
Microsoft has joined a select list of vendors authorized to provide cloud services to the federal government, with the announcement this week that it had received a pivotal security certification from the government's Federal Risk and Authorization ...

Microsoft returns to CES Las Vegas tech show
BBC News
Chief executive Steve Ballmer made a brief surprise appearance during chipmaker Qualcomm's keynote event, and Microsoft's chief technology strategy officer spent a few minutes on stage at a Samsung press conference. But one tech consultant who ...


Michael Dell, Silver Lake Get The Green Light From Regulators On $24.9B Plan To Take Dell Private | TechCrunch: "The embattled PC company today announced that it has received all necessary regulatory clearance for Michael Dell, who founded and led the computer firm as CEO and chairman, and Silver Lake Partners to take the company private in a $24.9 billion transaction. This was the last big hurdle Dell needed to surmount, and now the transaction is expected to close before the end of Q3 2014, or November 1. . . "

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