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Topic: Microsoft

Before he died, Steve Jobs kept a letter from Bill Gates by his bed

01/27/2012, 03:01 pm

In a new interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates reveals he wrote a letter to Steve Jobs before he passed away, and the letter apparently meant so much to Jobs that he kept it at his bedside.

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EFF working to keep iPhone, iPad 'jailbreaking' legal in US

01/27/2012, 10:01 am

An exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that has made iPhone "jailbreaking" legal is set to expire, and a digital rights advocacy group hopes the U.S. government will renew and expand that exemption.

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Bill Gates discusses Steve Jobs, Apple's iBooks & the future of education

01/25/2012, 11:01 am

In a new interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates discusses conversations he would have with the late Steve Jobs, and also shares his thoughts on the future of education in the wake of Apple's iPad textbook announcement.

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Microsoft's Windows falls 6% on slow PC sales

01/19/2012, 05:01 pm

Despite meeting expectations for its fiscal second quarter, Microsoft saw a decline in its bread and butter Windows business, causing net revenue fall slightly for the three months ending on Dec. 31.

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iPhone 4S launch propels surging Apple 20% to close the gap with Android

01/18/2012, 08:01 am

The launch of the iPhone 4S last October had an "enormous impact" on the U.S. smartphone landscape, boosting Apple's share among new buyers by almost 20 percent and putting it neck-and-neck with Android in December.

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Briefly: High priced 'Wintel' tablets, Dutch iTunes Match

01/16/2012, 04:01 pm

Intel and Microsoft need to strike a deal or Windows 8 tablets might be priced out of reach for most consumers and Apple officially launches iTunes Match in the Netherlands.

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Apple jumps 9 spots to become 8th most valuable brand in the world

01/16/2012, 08:01 am

Apple was ranked the eighth most valuable brand of the world in 2011, with an estimated total value of $33.49 billion, making it bigger than Disney, Mercedes-Benz and Budweiser.

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Video: Weekend Tech Review: CES Week 2 2012

01/15/2012, 06:01 pm

Here's a video recap of the top tech stories involving Apple for the second week of 2012, including a tour of CES 2012, Steve Ballmer's keynote, big product news, the week's business stories, and upcoming events.

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Apple awarded 676 patents in 2011, ranks 39th among all companies

01/11/2012, 11:01 am

Apple was awarded a total of 676 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2011, ranking it No. 39 among companies awarded inventions in the U.S.

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CES: Dell plans to launch first 'consumer tablet' in late 2012

01/11/2012, 08:01 am

Moving on from its failed line of smaller Streak-branded tablets, Dell reportedly plans to sell a full-fledged "consumer tablet" to take on Apple's iPad in late 2012.

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CES: Live report on the Steve Ballmer Keynote

01/09/2012, 09:01 pm

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer launched this year's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show tonight in what will become the company's last of a long, unbroken string of keynotes kicking off the show.

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54% of future smartphone buyers say they'll choose Apple's iPhone

01/09/2012, 08:01 am

A new survey has found Apple has "explosive momentum" at the beginning of 2012, with more than half of people who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days choosing Apple's iPhone.

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Microsoft exec admits Windows Phone was response to Apple's iPhone

01/07/2012, 09:01 pm

Microsoft's head of software design for Windows Phone has admitted that the company completely redesigned its mobile operating system platform as a response to Apple's iPhone and the "sea change" it created in the industry.

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Nokia Ace to receive $100M marketing campaign for US launch

01/04/2012, 01:01 am

Nokia's Windows-Phone-based Ace smartphone will benefit from a $100 million marketing push to be shared among Microsoft's partners, with AT&T rumored to have received "hero" status from the software giant in order to promote the device, according to a new report.

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Apple's iOS finishes 2011 with 52% share of mobile Web browsing

01/02/2012, 09:01 am

Apple closed out 2011 with a commanding 52.1 percent share of mobile devices tracked browsing the Web, while Google's Android had just 16.2 percent.

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Apple gains ground while Android pushes to 50% share of US market

12/29/2011, 07:12 pm

Apple's iPhone grew 1.4% in the U.S. mobile OEM and smartphone OS markets during the three months ending in November, but Google's Android platform continued to dominate and gained 3.1% in its march to acquire half of America's subscribership.

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Apple headlines 8 of WSJ's 10 most-read corporate articles in 2011

12/29/2011, 02:12 am

Apple came up as a frequent hot topic in business news this year, as evidenced by the fact that eight of the ten most-read corporate articles from The Wall Street Journal in 2011 were about the company and its co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Microsoft announces 2012 CES will be its last

12/21/2011, 02:12 pm

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, at which its CEO Steve Ballmer will give the keynote address, will be the last show the company attends.

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Nokia readies US Windows Phone launch with CES event on Jan. 9

12/19/2011, 11:12 pm

Nokia has sent out invitations to members of the press for a Windows Phone-related event on January 9 at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., as it gears up for the launch of its new Lumia phones in the U.S.

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Acer chairman sees Mac growth stalling in face of ultrabook surge

12/15/2011, 12:12 am

Acer chairman JT Wang expects Apple's gains in the PC industry to weaken over the next two years as a result of a future surge in sales of notebooks matching Intel's ultrabook design specifications.

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