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December 12, 2007 at 9:34 AM

Live Search, mapping to benefit from latest Microsoft acquisition

Microsoft this morning announced the purchase of Multimap, a U.K. company that describes itself as “one of the world’s leading providers of online mapping and location-based services. Our company delivers more online maps, point-to-point driving directions and geo-spatial (“where’s my nearest?”) searches to more businesses and consumers than any other supplier in Europe.” As usual,…

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December 11, 2007 at 2:55 PM

Pokemon USA president resigning, and did you know there’s a Bellevue office?

When we got an e-mail informing us of the pending departure of Akira Chiba, president of “Seattle-based” Pokemon USA, we were a bit perplexed. Seattle-based? We didn’t even know Pokemon USA existed, let alone had an office here. Well, the company in charge of the ultra-popular kids entertainment brand in the United States does in fact…

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December 11, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Office 2007 SP1 released

While there hasn’t been much clamor for a first service pack for Office 2007, Microsoft certainly turned one out promptly. Released today, the update brings with it the following improvements, according to a Microsoft press release: — Full compatibility for SharePoint and other server products with Windows Server 2008. — Support for AJAX, “enabling developers to create…

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December 10, 2007 at 4:06 PM

‘Halo 3’ named Dew most-addictive game, but did others have a chance?

Microsoft sent out a news release about the Xbox 360 titles that cleaned up in Spike TV Video Game Awards last night. Clearly, a strong showing. But I’m somewhat skeptical — maybe cynical — about one particular category that “Halo 3” won. First, let’s recall the marketing hype and consumer-product tie-ins that proliferated around the…

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December 10, 2007 at 11:30 AM

Avenue A benefits decision driven by profit-margin pressure

Microsoft intends to hold Avenue A | Razorfish, the advertising agency it obtained with the aQuantive acquisition, “accountable to deliver profit margins in line with others in our industry,” Avenue A President Clark Kokich told employees in an e-mail Sunday night. He was responding to several requests for clarification from employees who learned last week that…

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December 7, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Former Microsoftie indicted for million-dollar fraud scheme

Carolyn Gudmundson, a 44-year-old Kirkland woman and former MSN program manager, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court this afternoon to face charges of wire fraud and mail fraud for a scheme that netted her more than $1 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle alleges that Gudmundson “fraudulently billed her employer and related entities…

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December 7, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Avenue A employees not getting Microsoft benefits

Here’s the full text of the email Avenue A | Razorfish President Clark Kokich sent to employees Wednesday, informing them that they would not be getting Microsoft benefits, as reported in today’s story. From: Clark Kokich Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 9:54 AM Subject: Hello to all: I would like to let you know of some decisions we’ve made…

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December 5, 2007 at 12:35 PM

MSN/Windows Live staying in RedWest? — Confirmed

We’re hearing that an e-mail is circulating among members of Microsoft’s MSN/Windows Live group — based at the company’s RedWest campus — that suggests they will be staying put. This news, according to our source, was greeted with hoots and hollers from people who were none-too-pleased about the prospect of moving to new digs, possibly…

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