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March 28, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
After criticism for allegedly blocking a popular software program for watching video online, Comcast Corp. pledged Thursday not to discriminate against specific technology as it tries to keep increasing amounts of data flowing through its cable networks. But the move may not be enough to keep Comcast, the country's largest cable company, from being disciplined by federal regulators or to resolve a complicated debate about how Internet providers can manage their online traffic.
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BUSINESS
March 4, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. said Monday it would begin selling Web-based programs to smaller customers, countering a challenge from Google Inc. The company would begin testing online editions of its Exchange and SharePoint Server programs for companies with fewer than 5,000 employees, Senior Vice President Chris Capossela said. Blockbuster Inc. and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. are already customers for a service designed for larger companies, he said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Microsoft Corp. said it fixed a glitch with its Windows Live program that shut users out of e-mail accounts and other online services. The problem, which prevented most customers worldwide from signing on, was resolved, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said. Windows Live ID, originally called Passport, gives users access to services such as Hotmail e-mail, the MSN Internet portal and Xbox Live video games with a single user name and password.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Yahoo Inc. has touched up its popular online photo-sharing service, Flickr, with free editing tools aimed at the growing number of shutterbugs who want to doctor their digital pictures. The editing software, introduced recently in a partnership with Picnik Inc., represents Yahoo's latest attempt to broaden Flickr's appeal as the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company closes its older Yahoo Photos service.
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December 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that fiscal fourth-quarter profit surged 21%, beating Wall Street expectations, thanks to record revenue after the company's biggest-ever software launch. Net income for the three months ended Nov. 30 was $222.2 million, or 38 cents a share, compared with $183.2 million, or 30 cents, in the year-earlier period. Fourth-quarter sales were a record $911.2 million, up 34% from a year earlier, exceeding the company's estimates of $860 million to $890 million.
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November 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
IBM Corp. is making its largest acquisition ever, a deal announced Monday to buy Cognos Inc. for $5 billion in cash in an effort to keep up with rivals in "business intelligence" software. The deal would follow similar moves in the same market this year. SAP recently linked up with Business Objects for $7 billion and Oracle Corp. grabbed Hyperion Solutions Corp. for $3.3 billion. Cognos shares had soared recently on expectations that it too would be acquired.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2007 | From Reuters
Google Inc. will unveil its mobile strategy today, including a phone operating system and a broad alliance with multiple wireless service providers and handset vendors, according to people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Google mobile operating system would be based on open-source Linux code, which will support applications from different software developers in addition to Google's own services, which include e-mail and mapping. Its partners include Sprint Nextel Corp.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2007 | Jessica Guynn and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
Internet search company Google Inc. is joining forces with MySpace to make it easier to create programs for the biggest social networking site, a move that draws sharp battle lines with their respective rivals, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. Stealing some thunder from fast-growing Facebook, Google and MySpace said Thursday that software developers could now use a common technology standard Google had created to build features for MySpace users.
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October 23, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. didn't become one of the world's most powerful companies by backing down from fights. But when Europe's second-highest court denied the software giant's appeal of an antitrust case there last month, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer decided it was time to give up. Microsoft on Monday bowed to European regulators after a nine-year battle, agreeing to overhaul its business practices.
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October 1, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
redmond, wash. -- For decades, Microsoft Corp. has used its smarts, muscle and the occasional illegal maneuver to beat back major competitors and become the world's most valuable technology company. But the software giant has seldom dealt with opponents as strong as those it now faces. And it's fighting with an arm tied behind its back, handicapped by the European Union's regulation of its business tactics. The threat posed by Google Inc.
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