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    Here we go again: rumors swirling of iPhone shortages, supply constraints, manufacturing issues, and other sky-is-falling doomsday scenarios swirling around Apple and the product that should guide revenue and growth for the next generation.

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    Today could be a watershed day for Research in Motion after a raucous quarter that saw shares dip into the low $80s before launching their recent recovery over the past week or so. And that's the quirkiness comes in: never during the quarter was there an indication that fundamentals hit any snags, and yet shares suffered a precipitous decline.

  • We've spent a lot of time at CTIA talking about Research in Motion, Apple, Nokia and other major players from the wireless world. But it was the surprising comments from Microsoft's spacer entertainment and devices division president during my interview with him that began to drive Microsoft's shares.

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    The news, such that it was, seemed intriguing: a blog reported that Research in Motion announced plans this morning at the big CTIA Wireless show in Vegas, that it was going to unveil a Windows Mobile compatible BlackBerry.

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    IBM is under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over an $80 million bid it made in 2006 to modernize EPA financial systems and has been suspended from seeking new contracts with all U.S. agencies, the company said Monday.

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    Rested, relaxed, and now raring to go. Two back-to-back weeks off is a rare treat in this business and we made the most of our time off, but talk about jumping back into the swing of things with a vengeance!

  • Engineering simulation software maker Ansys said Monday that it would acquire Ansoft for about $832 million in cash and stock to broaden its simulation capabilities.

  • Oracle reported a profit that rose 30 percent over last year and matched analysts' expectations, but the software company's shares fell as sales came in short of forecasts.

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    Comcast, the cable giant, and file sharing web site BitTorrent, seem like natural enemies. The cable company wants to keep "broadband-hogging" BitTorrent from slowing down its system.

  • Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    Oracle shares fell sharply a day after the company posted disappointing quarterly software sales and said its customers had become more cautious, quashing the idea that the software sector would be immune to the economic turmoil that has roiled the rest of the tech sector.

  • Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    Oracle reported a profit that rose 30 percent over last year and matched analysts' expectations, but the software company's shares fell as sales came in short of forecasts.

  • Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    This afternoon Oracle will give us a first look at how software companies did in the first months of 2008. Did the U.S. economic slowdown take a bite out of Oracle's business? Read on to see what other questions investors will be asking.

  • Adobe's headquarters in San Jose, California.

    Demand for design tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver and for its Acrobat publishing tool pushed Adobe Systems' profit up 52 percent in the first quarter, but the software maker still forecast just 13 percent revenue growth for the year.

  • After the bell Tuesday, Adobe announced better than expected revenues and earnings. First quarter revenue came in at $890 million, up 37 percent from the year ago quarter. During the quarter the company spent $1.25 billion repurchasing 33.3 million shares of its outstanding stock, putting its GAAP diluted earnings at 38 cents per share, beating the target range...

  • Adobe's headquarters in San Jose, California.

    U.S. software maker Adobe Systems on Tuesday posted a higher quarterly profit and gave a forecast that topped Wall Street expectations, sending shares up more than 7 percent in after-hours trade.

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    When Apple opened its iPhone to software developers last week, as well as enterprise clients, I surmised then that the strategy could lead to the same kind of "halo effect" that iPod enjoyed.

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    Senior executives from Microsoft and Yahoo met Monday to discuss Microsoft's takeover bid for the company, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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    If Microsoft's play for a tiny chip of Facebook helped value the company at a staggering $15 billion, then AOL's play for social networking site Bebo makes perfect sense, even at $850 million.

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    It's unusual for Apple to issue press releases, but this was news the company probably couldn't wait to share: We knew that the software developer kit, the so-called SDK for iPhone, was likely going to be a big deal for the Apple community. And now we have some facts.

  • Google Headquarters

    For Google, the European Union's ongoing scrutiny of its plans to buy DoubleClick has been an overhang on the stock since the deal was first announced. Today came the long-awaited EU blessing Google has been waiting for.