Mark Zuckerberg:  one of the most generous of American donors when generosity is measured not solely by amounts donated, but as the proportion of total wealth of an individual or company. Photograph: Norbert von der Groeben/Reuters

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently gave $25 million to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. It’s an impressive and much-needed donation, coming from(...)

A screenshot of the game “Minecraft.” The game, which Microsoft likes enough to buy its parent company for $2.5 billion, has succeeded partly by demolishing generational and gender boundaries that usually carve the games business into separate categories.

Microsoft, maker of the Xbox video-game console, agreed to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion(...)

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Image of the week: Clipper crazy “Where do you want to go today?” Two decades ago, Microsoft used to ask Windows users this question all the ti(...)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board of directors to focus on his new ownership of the LA Clippers of the NBA. (Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Steve Ballmer has resigned from Microsoft’s board, eight months after his departure as chief executive officer, ending more than three decades of dire(...)

Microsoft is set to cut more than 6,000 jobs in an announcement expected today.

Microsoft said it will eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs, the largest round of cuts in its history, as chief executive officer Satya Nadella integrates(...)

Google has named former Ford Motor chief executive Alan Mulally to its board, gaining auto expertise in its quest to develop self-driving cars.

Google has named former Ford Motor chief executive Alan Mulally to its board, gaining auto expertise in its quest to develop self-driving cars. Mulal(...)

E-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to buy half of China’s most popular soccer team, which won the Asia championship last year, as founder Jack Ma fol(...)

Steve Ballmer (58) outbid two groups, one led by media mogul David Geffen that offered $1.6 billion and included TV talk show maven Oprah Winfrey and Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison. Photograph:  Michael Kappler/EPA

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has purchased the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers franchise for $2 billion, a record for a professional bask(...)

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer  has collected about $3.4 billion selling shares since the company’s 1986 initial public offering, and has a net worth of $18.8 billion. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive officer of Microsoft, has became the company’s biggest individual shareholder after Bill Gates sold 4.6 mill(...)

Microsoft may be wading into a crowded field where Netflix have generated hits such as “House of Cards” (pictured) but its new Xbox television studio will focus on its gamer audience, typically males between 18 to 34 years old.

Microsoft is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots(...)