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Microsoft offers reasons for blockbuster $7.2-billion Nokia deal

The announcement that Microsoft will pay $7.2 billion to buy Nokia's device business raises one question both simple and complex:<p>Why?<p>The company will address that in a conference call scheduled for Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m. But in the meantime, it also released several documents, in addition …

Steve Ballmer

Smartphone Shipments to Surpass One Billion for First Time

Smartphone shipments are expected to surpass one billion for the first time ever this year, fueling a broader rally in the mobile phone market.<p>After being stuck at 1.2% last year, mobile phone growth is expected to reach 7.3% in 2013 as demand for smartphones grows stronger in both developed and …

The market for executive leadership training in Asia is booming

Corporate bosses need leadership training, either because they’re not good enough or because they’re highly talented. Almost four in ten companies worldwide are investing more in growth programs for leaders, often to keep their best talent and help them move up in the organization.<p>Some though may …

Human Resources

How to Photograph Food For Professional-Standard Shots

A great food photograph can do a lot of things – it can make a viewer hungry, it can convince a diner to order a dish and it can sell a hell of a lot …

Landscape Photography

Yahoo's SVP of Central Technology David Dibble Resigns, Named Advisor

Yahoo’s Senior Vice President of Central Technology David Dibble has resigned. According to a filing with the US Security and Exchange Commission, the executive tasked with keeping Yahoo online will stay on as an advisor to CEO Marissa Mayer.<p>Installed in his most recent position in 2012 by former …

Audi Is Putting 4G Broadband Inside Its Cars

By November, Audi expects to offer the 4G LTE in more models including the rest of the A3 range. However, it's not clear yet when the feature will be offered to customers in the U.S.<p>Rival automaker General Motors has also confirmed that 4G LTE will be rolled out on most of its cars and trucks from …

Google Street View

BlackBerry’s Share of U.S. Smartphone Sales Slips

BlackBerry’s struggle to regain its footing in the U.S smartphone market isn’t going quite as well as the company’s leadership had hoped. New market …

Mobile

Japan Publishes Two Ugly Economic Reports

First was June household spending, which unexpectedly fell 0.4% year-over-year. Economists were looking for a 1.4% gain.<p>That was followed by June industrial production, which fell 3.3% month-over-month. Economists were looking for 1.5% decline.<p>Japan's Nikkei is up 0.4% early in the Tuesday trading …

Japan

Japan's industrial output and household spending fall

<b>Japan has posted weaker-than-expected economic data, underlining the challenges the government faces as it tries to revive the country's economy.</b><p>Industrial output fell 3.3% in June, from the previous month. Compared with the same month a year ago it fell 4.8%.<p>Meanwhile, household spending declined …

Economy

Public cloud companies are now worth $100B — and this is just the start

According to venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners, the combined value of the top publicly-traded cloud computing companies now exceeds $100 billion.<p>But that’s just an appetizer for the multi-course meal to come. With the overall software market worth a trillion dollars annually, and many …

Zynga Sheds Three Top Execs As Its New CEO Shakes Up The Troubled Gaming Firm

In the last month, Zynga has quietly parted ways with three of its executive staff, early changes under the period of transition that the company’s new CEO, Don Mattrick, is currently leading.<p>Bloomberg first reported the departure of Nathan Etter, John Osvald and Jesse Janosov. TechCrunch confirmed …