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  • OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday celebrated Warren Buffett's 50th anniversary running the conglomerate, as the billionaire fielded questions about the company and its future, and explained some business practices. Berkshire owns more than 80 companies including the Burlington Northern railroad, Geico car insurance,...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 1- The sign for the Nebraska Furniture Mart on Dodge Road in Omaha contains a cartoon of Warren Buffett and a big number "50," a number looming large for Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders this weekend as they celebrate the investing legend's half a century running the conglomerate. SELECTED COMPANIES OWNED BY BERKSHIRE Benjamin Moore, Berkshire...

  • NEW YORK— It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist. Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue "TattooGate" on Twitter, complaining that they must choose between their body art and their stylish gadget. That was frustrating and "a bit...

  • CANBERRA, May 1- There is no risk of Australia being stripped of its coveted triple-A credit rating, Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Friday, slapping down speculation the country might be downgraded for the first time in 26 years. Australia's net debt is forecast to rise to A $245 billion by the end of the fiscal year in June, but at 15 percent of gross domestic product it...

  • CANBERRA, May 1- Australia plans to announce tougher rules on cross-border taxation in the upcoming budget to tighten loopholes that have allowed multinational companies to avoid paying taxes, Treasurer Joe Hockey told Reuters on Friday. Australia has joined Britain in a crackdown on companies such as global tech giants, Apple and Microsoft over tax evasion,...

  • REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 30- Oracle Corp Chief Executive Safra Catz said her company could benefit if Microsoft Corp or another rival bought online customer relationship management firm Salesforce.com Inc. She declined comment on whether Oracle had made an approach to buy Salesforce.com, after a report on Wednesday that Salesforce.com had hired advisers...

  • U.S. firms lead EU lobbying league Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    *Tech rivals Microsoft, Google among big lobbiers. BRUSSELS, April 30- U.S. companies, including tech rivals Microsoft and Google, were among leading spenders on corporate lobbying in Brussels last year, a Reuters review of new data showed. Oil majors Exxon Mobil of the United States and Anglo-Dutch Shell shared the top spot with Microsoft, with reported spending...

  • Here's why Microsoft could buy Salesforce Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:40 AM ET
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures while speaking during a company event in San Francisco, Oct. 20, 2014.

    Microsoft's Satya Nadella has made some bold moves since taking over the software company last year. Buying Salesforce would be the boldest.

  • How to market kids in the mobile age: Toca Boca Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:20 AM ET
    Toca Kitchen 2

    App developer, Toca Boca, known for popular digital toys like 'Toca Hair Salon', is looking to build on its 85 million downloads with online video.

  • Microsoft's plan to regain popularity   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 9:15 AM ET
    Microsoft's plan to regain popularity

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on Microsoft's major strategy shift.

  • How Microsoft is courting Apple, Android app makers Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:22 AM ET

    Microsoft has released tools to make it easier for Google Android and Apple iOS developers to make their apps available for Windows phones.

  • *Analysts see fresh risks to Alcatel-Lucent takeover. HELSINKI/ PARIS, April 30- Finland's Nokia reported quarterly profits well below market forecasts at its telecom network equipment business, sending its stock tumbling 9 percent and raising concerns over its planned takeover of smaller rival Alcatel-Lucent. With Nokia shares now trading about 20...

  • TOKYO— Once at the leading edge of consumer electronics, Sony Corp. is now more lumbering giant than trend-setter after falling behind competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc.. Sony watchers are urging the down-on-its-luck company to rediscover its pioneering ethos. Back in the 1960 s, Sony dominated in TVs with its own technology called...

  • *Networks Q1 op. profit 85 mln euros vs 226 mln euros in poll. HELSINKI, April 30- Finland's Nokia, which is set to buy French rival Alcatel-Lucent, reported quarterly profits well below market forecasts at its main telecom network equipment business, sending its shares tumbling as much as 12 percent. "The networks business has performed well in the past two years, so...

  • Nokia shares plunge 10% on profit slump Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 3:25 AM ET

    Nokia saw profits in its core networks business drop 61 percent in the first quarter sending shares lower by as much as 10 percent.

  • Investors were disappointed and Nokia's stock fell nearly 11 percent to close at 6.04 euros on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Analyst Hannu Rauhala from Pohjola Bank described Nokia's networks profit as "a clear disappointment. Despite the drop in networks profit, the Finnish company's overall revenue surged 20 percent in the period, to 3.2 billion euros from...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is targeting $20 billion in annual revenue from its cloud-computing businesses by the end of fiscal 2018, Chief Executive Satya Nadella said on Wednesday, signaling a tripling of such revenue in three years. Microsoft said last week that its total commercial cloud revenue, which includes online versions of its Office...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 29- Microsoft Corp is making it easier for apps written for rival Google Inc's Android and Apple Inc's iOS systems to work on Windows phones, in a bid to attract users to its unpopular mobile devices, the company's operating systems chief said on Wednesday. Microsoft has found itself in a circular trap, as many developers will not build apps for...

  • NEW YORK— Technology stocks are trading at levels not seen since Y2K and that may trigger some bad memories. The Nasdaq is just a number, says Stuart Ritter, a senior financial planner at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore. The Nasdaq composite is not dependent on the technology sector like it was in 2000. "It's diversified," says Hugh Anderson, partner and managing Director at...

  • Cloud competitors: CRM approached by potential acquirer

    Salesforce.com is up on reports of takeover interest. Insight, with Jack Mohr, Cramer's Charitable Trust.