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    The last couple of quarters have been remarkably strong for Microsoft, and there's every indication that the company will post an equally strong third quarter earnings report after the bell on Thursday. ... Expect some good theater.

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    Let me just say from the very outset: any other publicly traded company would kill for growth like this, products like these, customers like those who can't seem to snap up Apple gear fast enough. But Apple is hardly just "any other publicly traded company," and, like it or not, the company is different -- so investors "think different" when it comes to Apple.

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    Microsoft is prepared to walk away from its $43.6 billion bid for Yahoo if the two sides can't agree on a price, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Wednesday.

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    Are you happy because your Apple shares are up 35% since late February or sad because they're still down nearly 20% from the beginning of the year? Either way, you need to be ready for this afternoon's earnings report.

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    Amazon shares started last quarter right at $100 a share, and since then, it's been all downhill from there. Frustrated investors will be looking for guidance from the company later today that the slide is over, and that the company is poised for a strong, back half of 2008. But that's a tall order for Amazon's executives.

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    More than a quarter of US employers expect more of their high-skill positions to be shipped overseas.

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    Hours away from Apple's earnings, as you might expect, investors are a little nervous -- with a stock going from $119 to just short of $170, and then back to $160 in a matter of weeks. Some of you have written in with your thoughts ahead of earnings. Here's a sampling...

  • Looking at Yahoo's first quarter earnings, you gotta wonder why this company can report so strongly, and what magic bullet it employed during the quarter that apparently eluded management over the past two years.

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    Normally, I'll put together a formal earnings preview the day the company is set to announce, but in the case of Apple, there has been so much interest so far ahead of these numbers that I thought I'd do it today instead, and run some of your emails about all this tomorrow.

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    There's about $41 billion in chips on the table, all the cards have been dealt in the Yahoo vs. Microsoft poker match -- and today is the day Microsoft and investors get to "call." (Google and News Corp. look on...)

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    You'd think with the 3-plus percent rally in Texas Instruments' shares headed into tonight's earnings, this company would be plunging now, after missing numbers across the board. But that's the joy of the markets right now...

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    Whisper numbers are a weird animal on Wall Street, especially when you're talking high profile earnings reports like Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Intel and so many others.

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    Texas Instruments is playing a strange game of financial limbo as the company prepares to report its first quarter earnings later today. On the one hand, significantly lower expectations, thanks to TI's own guidance warning last month, could help the company breeze under the bar.

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    Sell first and ask questions later -- this has characterized trading in Google stock since January, and the biggest problem for Google and its investors has been coming from market research firm comScore. But how reliable is comScore research, anyway?

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    ZPower has spent the last 10 years working on  silver-zinc rechargeable battery technology and will unveil its first product through a major technology partner in August. CEO Dr. Ross Dueber talks  to CNBC.com  about the technological, financial and environmental issues for his company, the industry and consumers.

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    After a week like this one, the pressure's on the next batch of tech stars to beat the Street and keep this momentum going, with investors turning their attention to Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon, all set to report earnings next week.

  • Wipro, India's third-largest software services exporter, reported a slightly smaller-than-expected 1.7% rise in quarterly net profit, and forecast muted growth amid fears a weak U.S. economy will hit outsourcing demand.

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    First it was Intel, then IBM, and now Google. Pretty soon, the message might get out that tech isn't nearly as bad as people thought. No two ways about it: the Google earnings report is extraordinary.

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    Big Blue is looking more like Big Green in after-market trading following the company's blockbuster first quarter earnings report, and the surprise increase in its full year guidance. IBM blew past Wall Street expectations, reporting $1.65 a share on $24.5 billion in revenue; both categories way above consensus of $1.45 and $23.711 billion respectively.

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    IBM shares are up 17% since its January earnings report. Can IBM keep it up? Read on for some of the key issues you'll need to watch when trying to answer that question.