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Microsoft’s New Brain

from Fortune Last June, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer summoned the company’s top 15 executives to Robinswood, a rustic 19th-century house a few miles from Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. The meeting was urgent: Google (Research), Yahoo! (Research), and other newer companies had been amassing customers, revenue, and investor enthusiasm not by selling software, as Microsoft (Research) […]

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from BW Online Royal Philips Electronics is working on a host of ways to change the way viewers watch digital entertainment. To that end, it has peppered the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office with applications for patents on devices that do everything from monitor a consumer’s media usage to distribute video clips to multiple devices. […]

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Challenging BlackBerry

from BW Online Motorola CEO Edward Zander loves gadgets — the kind of products that he can see and touch (see BW Online, 02/27/06, “Why Zander Jumped to Motorola”). That’s clear if you’ve ever seen him handle one of the company’s prototype cell phones. So it makes sense that Motorola is selling a unit that’s […]

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Broader Wi-Fi

from BW Online Now that nearly every new laptop comes equipped with Wi-Fi, it seems you should be able to plunk your computer down just about anywhere, log on to a wireless network, and get to work. Alas, it’s not that simple, because Wi-Fi is neither ubiquitous nor always cheap. That’s why new PCs that […]

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Cell Phone TV

from BW Online Paul E. Jacobs is definitely not made from the TV executive mold. The 43-year-old CEO of Qualcomm Inc. has a PhD in electrical engineering and made his mark at the cell-phone chipmaker by writing software code to compress speech. But these days Jacobs is sure talking like a TV guy, chatting about […]

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Selling Facebook

from BW Online Facebook, the Web site where students around the world socialize and swap information, has put itself on the block, BusinessWeek Online has learned. The owners of the privately held company have turned down a $750 million offer and hope to fetch as much as $2 billion in a sale, senior industry executives […]

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