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June 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Microsoft news roundup: Bill Gates tie-less, cell phones cut, Google on Bing

Some bits and bytes on Microsoft from around the country:

New York Post says Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin has a team of engineers dissecting Bing, Microsoft’s newly upgraded search engine. Early data after Bing’s launch at the beginning of June show that traffic numbers have improved for Microsoft’s search operation.

MocoNews says Microsoft has stopped reimbursing employees for their BlackBerry and iPhone plans, unless they switch to a Windows Mobile device. We ran a New York Times story today on how even discretionary spending shrinks elsewhere, smartphone sales are projected to go up by 25 percent this year. And on the other end of the spectrum, here’s another story we ran today about how the poor are using a federal government telecom subsidy for cell phones.

Seattle Examiner reports that Bill Gates shocked Cambridge when he showed up to receive an honorary degree without a tie. Which would make news only in England.

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