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Microsoft said today it would buy Nokia’s mobile phone business for €5.4bn. Photograph: Reuters

Shares in Microsoft fell by almost 5 per cent in early morning trading, as the software giant announced it is to acquire Nokia's phone business and(...)

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Uncertainty in Syria has already hit global markets. Might a serious escalation of tensions hammer stocks?Unlikely. One famous study, What Moves Stock(...)

US president Barack Obama addresses a crowd of students, teachers, business leaders and members of Congress before signing the America Invents Act at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on September 16th, 2011, in Alexandria, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Across the globe the first inventor to file a patent – rather than the first to invent – is the one who takes the spoils, regardless of who might have(...)

If you want to have heated debates about what exactly constitutes a “watercooler moment” in television viewing, and whether “shiny-floor” talent conte(...)

Steve Ballmer greets host Ryan Seacrest at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2012. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Steve Ballmer is an imposing man. He is tall. He is solid. He is loud (his foghorn voice does not have a sotto voce setting). For a big guy, he also c(...)

Facebook’s  Global Government Requests Report revealed the number of official data requests

Irish authorities have made numerous requests for information on Facebook users here in the first six months of 2013, the social media giant has revea(...)

Social networking giant Facebook says government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 users of the service in the first half(...)

Steve Ballmer: The odd thing was that nobody seemed to like Microsoft’s products.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Steve Ballmer’s surprise announcement that he will be resigning as Microsoft’s chief executive has set off a huge flood of commentary. Being neither a(...)

Steve Ballmer’s  blanket dismissal of the iPhone back in 2007 will go down as one of the most damning moments of his career.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

In 1962, the head of A&R at Decca Records, Dick Rowe, rejected the chance to sign the Beatles, allegedly telling Brian Epstein that the foursome h(...)

Microsoft chief executive  Steve Ballmer,  who says he will retire within the next 12 months after more than a decade leading the world’s largest software maker Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Shares in Microsoft soared yesterday after its chief executive Steve Ballmer said he was bringing the curtain down on 30- year career with the technol(...)

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