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Chris Nuttall

Google’s grand design to organise the world’s information crumbled at the edges on Friday as it announced the abandonment of services that stored users’ health and energy consumption data. The forthcoming closure of Google Health and PowerMeter represents a considerable narrowing of ambitions for a company that has reached for the stars and supported missions to the moon. Read more

Richard Waters

How long should Microsoft sit by while Research in Motion and Nokia burn?

That question has become increasingly urgent amidst the stock market meltdown of the one-time smartphone leaders. With nearly enough cash parked outside the US to buy both companies outright – and the risk that rivals will pounce – Microsoft may finally have to make some sort of move. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Could it finally be time to wave goodbye to passive TV advertising?

A year ago at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Microsoft demonstrated the first in-game ads to use Kinect, its motion-sensing Xbox 360 controller. It was rudimentary but there was clearly huge potential for advertisers in having a camera, microphone and internet connection plugged into the TV.

This week, back in Cannes, Microsoft took a big step forward to unlocking that potential with “NUads”. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Microsoft kicked off this week’s E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles with its usual eve-of-show press conference, where the emphasis seemed to be on consolidating its place in the living room rather than making any ground-breaking announcements. While Sony is expected to reveal more details on its next-generation portable device coming later this year at the show and Nintendo is due to unveil its successor to the Wii, Microsoft confined itself to touting the success of its Kinect motion controller and revealing new features and games that would take advantage of it. Read more

Joseph Menn

Yahoo executives meeting with investors and analysts on Wednesday did what they could to assuage concerns about the company’s minority investments in China and Japan before moving on to the  sunnier topics of a surge in display advertising and the big potential for video. Read more

Richard Waters

It was back in 1980 that IBM committed the tech industry’s most famous mistake: hiring a little company called Microsoft to write an operating system for its first PC. Now, with Big Blue’s stock market value once again surpassing that of Microsoft in intraday trading on Monday, it can finally turn the page on a less-than-glorious chapter in its 100-year history. Read more

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Steve Ballmer became chief executive of Microsoft in January 2000, a few months before a federal judge ordered the company to be broken up on antitrust grounds, because it was too powerful and was extending its grip too widely. This ruling was later reversed and, 11 years later Microsoft remains in one piece, and its size and scope has turned into its weakness.

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Online communications networks have always held a strong business allure. Long before Microsoft alighted on the idea of buying Skype, they were seen as useful tools for supporting and entrenching other businesses.

It may sound almost laughable now, but at the time of AOL’s acquisition of Time Warner, the AOL instant messaging system was talked of as a powerful distribution system for Time Warner’s media properties, and a big reason for the deal.

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Richard Waters

All successful ex-cons know how to sound remorseful and reformed by their experience. So it is with Microsoft, which on Thursday will end a nine-year stint in the regulatory sin-bin when its consent decree with the Department of Justice expires. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and Skype boss Tony Bates gave a press conference at 8am local time in San Francisco to discuss their $8.5bn deal, announced today.

After live-blogging the event, here are my initial conclusions: Read more

Maija Palmer

For Microsoft Skype could form the glue between its PC, mobile and gaming businesses that it has hitherto lacked.
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Microsoft was in advanced discussions on Monday night about purchasing Skype, the internet telephone company, in what would be one of the US software company’s largest deals so far as it seeks to boost its online operations. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • US broker Jefferies & Co says it believes Apple is about to launch a new video-focused cloud-based service, International Business Times reports. The broker adds that this fresh assault on the living room could mean the launch of a new Apple device.

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Tech news from around the web:

  • Amazon has announced it is to sell its Kindle e-reader for $25 less than the lowest current list price — with adverts and other types of sponsored content, PaidContent reports.  The first companies to advertise include Buick, Chase, Olay, and Visa and the promotions will appear on either the screen saver or the bottom of the home page.

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Tech news from around the web:

  • Google is working on an overhaul of YouTube to take advantage of the WebTV explosion, the Wall Street Journal reports.  The online company is also planning to spend as much as $100m to commission low-cost content designed exclusively for the web.  Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter says that Google is planning to open an office in Beverly Hills.

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Tech news from around the web:

  • Geekwire has been looking at the rumours surrounding the next version of the Windows PC operating system. As well as adopting the tabbed command strip from Micorosoft Office, Windows 8 – or whatever Microsoft decides to call it -  will also have Kinect sensor technology and elements of the Xbox Live interface as well as an alternative interface for touch-based tablet computers that uses tiles and works more like a mobile operating system.

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Joseph Menn

An unscientific survey of employees at major US technology companies found that only 50 per cent of Yahoo workers approved of chief executive Carol Bartz’ leadership during the past year, down from 77 per cent as she got started. Read more

Microsoft has filed a formal complaint with European Union competition regulators over Google’s dominance of the internet search market, escalating a debate that has already placed the online search group at the centre of an EU probe. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Amazon.com is courting the world’s big  music companies as it seeks licensing deals that would help improve the online music service it launched Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The moves are also an attempt to calm the music groups’ concerns over the lack of notice of the online retailer’s plans, the WSJ says.

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Tech news from around the web:

  • Google has launched an online quarterly magazine – Think Quarterly – NewsGrange reports. The online search company says the magazine is a ‘breathing space in a busy world’.

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