One holiday-shortened week gone, another arrived. Here’s a rundown of the Microsoft-flavored news you missed if you had the good fortune to unplug last week:
- The IRS has sued Steve Ballmer and a slate of other current and former Microsoft executives in an effort to get them to testify in a long running tax probe. The agency is looking into how Microsoft treated subsidiaries for tax purposes. Microsoft said it had expected to receive a notice of an increased back tax bill this month. Company lawyers also suggested the subpoenas to executives are part of a campaign to force the company to the negotiating table regarding the taxes it paid between 2004 and 2006.
- Microsoft, along with rival Google, agreed to host streaming video of Sony’s “The Interview,” after threats of terrorist attacks spurred some theater chains to pull the film. The online gross for the film’s first four days? $15 million, according to the studio.