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Business software maker BEA Systems said it would provide confidential information to shareholder Carl Icahn explaining why it rejected a $17-per-share takeover bid from Oracle.
Just an update on the blog I brought you earlier in the week about Larry Ellison and his recent sales activity in Oracle shares. His breathtaking share-dumps are apparently continuing with 1 million more shares sold today.
Google cracked $700 a share this morning, just three weeks after surpassing $600 for the first time. Sure, as Google becomes more valuable, these $100 milestones will get easier to achieve, but you can't discount a 16% move by a company worth over $200 billion in under a month. It's significa
You gotta hand it to the folks over at Goldman Sachs, but particularly Brent Bracelin at Pacific Crest Securities who issued a note on Oct. 8, raising his estimates on Dell and singing the company's praises as it emerges from a financial purgatory gripping the company for more than a year.
French software company Dassault Systemes lowered its 2007 earnings and revenue goals to factor in a weaker dollar after it posted a 3 percent drop in third-quarter earnings per share on Tuesday.
Walgreen plans to put kiosks that can make DVDs of popular movies in drugstore photo departments next year, using a new system that would increase selection while avoiding piracy.
Microsoft shares soared to a six-year high Friday, after issuing a muscular first-quarter earnings report and raising its full-year earnings guidance the day before.
Microsoft posted a rise in quarterly profit, boosted by healthy demand for personal computers loaded with its Windows operating system and strong sales of its "Halo 3" video game.
It's not often I do a double-take when I read a financial earnings report, but I had to make sure I was looking at Microsoft's numbers and not some other company's. The company beats by 6 cents a share; 45 cents instead of the 39 cents the Street was expecting.
Singer-guitarist Walter de Castro couldn't believe his luck when he found out his band's song "The Core" would be featured on "FIFA 2008," the Electronic Arts popular soccer game.
Microsoft has momentum as its friend when it comes to the game console business. Finally. Halo 3 has been like a magic elixir for Xbox 360, by some measures tripling console sales in the wake of the title's release, and for the first time, Microsoft beat sales of Nintendo's Wii during the month of September, selling an average of 105,600 units a week last month.
The pressure was on for Apple following the big-time run in these shares these past several weeks. These shares rallied into today's earnings news. The research firm Caris just this morning took the bold step in raising its target to $200.
Texas Instruments said quarterly earnings grew 16 percent from the year-ago quarter thanks to strong analog chip sales, but the mobile chipmaker forecast revenues below analysts' estimates, sparking a drop in its stock.
Netflix, the largest online DVD rental company, handily beat Wall Street targets for earnings, revenue and subscriber growth.
When it comes to Apple Inc., the bar is set so nose-bleedingly high that you gotta wonder whether this company is poised to perform or plummet when it releases earnings this evening. Shares continue to climb today, up another 2% at this writing, a kind of serene island in the midst of the volatile vagaries and stormy seas on Wall Street.
Sources I'm talking to at the company suggest that an announcement could come soon that Microsoft will unveil a new version of Xbox 360 featuring a built-in HD-DVD player and HD tuner. The device might be officially unveiled during Bill Gates' keynote at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January, which could be a bummer since it misses this upcoming Holiday Shopping season.
U.S. sales of video game hardware and software jumped 75 percent in September, driven by Microsoft's "Halo 3" and Nintendo's Wii console.
European stocks finished in negative territory Thursday, after a sharper-than-expected drop in Bank of America's third-quarter profit caused by the credit crisis dragged financial and banking stocks lower.
SAP said it should reach the top of its full-year sales guidance range after a solid third quarter in which it met market expectations, and forecast demand for its software would stay strong into 2008.
Steve Jobs has a message for third party software developers who have largely been shut out of the iPhone extravaganza: Call Us Up! In a sharp reversal to an earlier policy, and in an open letter from Jobs posted on Apple's web site, the company is now inviting software developers to create applications for the iPhone that would live on the iPhone's memory and not on the web.
Cadie Thompson is a tech reporter for the Enterprise Team for CNBC.com.
Working from Los Angeles, Boorstin is CNBC's media and entertainment reporter and editor of CNBC.com's Media Money section.
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