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Billionaires Set to Return NBA to Seattle - Without the Big Tax Bill

Seattle may be about to get an NBA basketball team again -- and this time, its citizens might not have to pick up part of the tab. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen are reportedly teaming up to move the hapless Sacramento Kings to Washington state.

Apple-0-7: Is Siri Spying on You?

What do IBM and the ACLU have against Siri? Because every time you use your iPhone's Siri or Dictation functions, what you say gets recorded -- and sent to Apple.

Microsoft Ends Its CES Era: 2012 Keynote Will Be Its Last

For the past 14 years, Microsoft has kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a a keynote address that set the tone for the exposition where tech companies showcase their latest wares. But Microsoft is announcing that next month's show will be its last.

Microsoft's Next Big Thing: 4 Game Changing Ideas

Microsoft's next quarterly report arrives Thursday, and it's hard to get too excited. It's still the world's largest software company, and it's growing. It just happens to be as sexy as Abe Vigoda. But Microsoft could still innovate its way out of its slump. Here are four things we'd love to hear Microsoft say on Thursday.

5 Things to Watch Next Week: Potter Mania, Earnings

There's no such thing as a summertime lull when earnings season is upon us. Next week will bring plenty of headlines -- among them box office receipts for the last Harry Potter film and quarterly results from Apple, Cintas, and Microsoft.

Microsoft After Ray Ozzie May Be a Little Less Magical

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, was the perfect visionary foil to strategy-obsessed CEO Steve Ballmer. His entrepreneurial thinking pushed the stodgy software giant into cloud computing and SaaS, and got it back into the mobile OS race. Can anyone fill his soon-to-be-vacated shoes?

Rumor or Not, Microsoft Should Buy Adobe

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer's not-so-secret meeting with Abode CEO Shantanu Narayen to discuss a joint battle strategy against Apple raised the tantalizing possibility of an Adobe buyout. That deal wouldn't just be good for Microsoft, it would be good for the future of the Web overall.

Taking on the iPad: Microsoft Tablets Coming Soon

Microsoft says the first tablets equipped with Windows 7 will hit stores this year. The so-called "slate" computing devices, launched in partnership with hardware companies such as Hewlett-Packard, will go on sale during this year's holiday season.

Goldman: Here's What Microsoft Needs to Change

The investment firm wants to see Steve Ballmer & Co. jack up the dividend beyond the recent 23% increase, design a coherent consumer strategy and exhibit leadership when it comes to cloud computing. The coming launch of Windows Phone 7 will be a key indicator of Microsoft's prospects.

Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Bonus Hurt by Kin Failure

The tech giant's board gave Steve Ballmer high marks for the move into cloud computing and the successful releases of several server and enterprise software products. But his bonus took a hit due to the unsuccessful launch of the Kin handset.

Eight Boneheaded Blunders by America's Biggest CEOs

The CEOs of America's largest companies are often coached by a team of public relations professionals, but every once in awhile an executive goes rogue. Here are some of the biggest verbal blunders made by well-known chief executives.

Win7's 'Black Screen of Death'

Just when they come out with a Windows 7 release that most of the tech world seems to like, an update wreaks havoc with what's likely to be a limited subset of users. Naturally, the media gives this problem a highly colorful term -- the Black Screen of Death.

Microsoft sales slow, will remain weak

Software sales slowed for tech giant Microsoft (MSFT) and are not expected to improve over the next three months. The company plans to cut costs and...