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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(...)

 Edward Snowden revealed the Prism Programme, which allows the US National Security Agency access to the personal information of non-US persons from databases of tech companies such as Apple and Google

The round white tower in Capenhurst, Cheshire, looked mysterious. Few in the area ever knew what it was for, except that it appeared almost overnight (...)

 Steve Ballmer: not  yet clear whether the decision for him to step down was his lone, or if he was prompted by the board. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

No chief executive wants the company’s shares to jump sharply on the news that he or she is stepping down.Pent-up relief, however, was the reaction to(...)

Microsoft founder Bill Gates (left) and chief executive  Steve Ballmer, who is to  step down  within a year.  Photograph: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

The share price said it all: Microsoft rose as much as 7 per cent on news that chief executive Steve Ballmer will step down within 12 months. During h(...)

Ryanair  was also among the most traded on the Iseq during yesterday’s session: Photograph: Alan Betson

Benchmark stock indexes edged higher but the dollar fell after a US government report showed sales of new single-family homes in July fell to their lo(...)

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft is to step down within the next 12 months. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to retire within 12 months, the tech company confirmed today. Shares in the company rose by around 7 per ce(...)

Pedestrians pass in front of the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, yesterday. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Trading in Nasdaq-listed stocks including Apple, Google and Microsoft ground to a halt just after midday in New York yesterday as the second largest U(...)

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