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[ATTACH=right]16136[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.microsoft.com/msft/earnings/fy10/earn_rel_q4_10.mspx"]Last week's earnings report from Microsoft[/URL] shows that the company cut its research and development budget for the first time in five years. Microsoft has been cutting costs lately, including efforts such as cutting [URL="http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3172423"]1400 jobs in January[/URL]. In its last fiscal year, Microsoft spent $8.7 billion on R&D - about three percent less than in the previous fiscal year. At the same time, its sales budget rose by about the same percentage, reaching $13.2 billion in order to cover new product launches such as Windows 7 and [URL="http://bing.com"]Bing[/URL], their new search engine product. According to Microsoft, the decrease represents …

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There was a a lot of news coming out Microsoft and Apple last week: * On Monday, Apple released its stellar [URL="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2009/07/21results.html"]earnings report[/URL]. * On Monday, Microsoft opened up the [URL="http://www.mssharepointconference.com/"]SharePoint 2009 Conference[/URL] in Las Vegas * On Tuesday, Apple released its latest [URL="http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/article.html?Apple_launches_new_MacBook,_iMac,_Mac_Mini_and_Magic_Mouse&in_article_id=755089&in_page_id=150"]product lin[/URL]e * On Wednesday, Microsoft announced [URL="http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1931532,00.html"]a deal with Twitter[/URL] to expose Twitter information in Bing * On Thursday, [URL="http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39825936,00.htm"]Microsoft released Windows 7[/URL]. * On Friday, Microsoft released their [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/msft/earnings/FY09/earn_rel_q4_09.mspx"]earnings report[/URL], which was shall we say, less than stellar (compared to Apple's). And so it went in a week full of big news. [URL="http://mashable.com/2009/10/21/google-twitter-search-deal/"]Google got into …

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Hi, I have created a personal blog based upon wordpress, please let me know if any one is earning good money using these blogs? Also I would like to know the suggestions to get more traffic on this website, I have managed to get arround 100 visitors a day. The website is new and still not ranked by google. Also please suggest me all possible methods for getting more traffic and getting monetize the site.

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The quarterly numbers are in the books for Google, Apple and Microsoft , and while Apple and Google made money, Microsoft failed to report a profit for the first time in 23 years as a public company. [B]Crazy Times, Crazy Results[/B] It seems unfathomable that Apple continued to do well in this recession, but as I wrote on Thursday in[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4274.html"] Apple Earnings Continue to Defy Logic,[/URL] while Apple's computer sales dipped, and iPod revenue (as opposed to sales) remained flat, the iPhone and the App Store carried the day. Meanwhile, the [URL="http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/google-beats-profit-expectations-talks-twitter-101276"]National Business Review reports[/URL] that at a recent earnings …

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Apple came out with its earnings report yesterday, and while all wasn't rosy for the Cupertino technology company, bottom line is they made money as earnings increased an impressive an impressive 8.7 percent in year over year earnings with net profits up 15 percent (as reported in [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/apr/22/apple-quarter-results"]the Guardian[/URL]). All this in the middle of what the IMF recently called, [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090422/ap_on_bi_ge/us_world_economy"]the worst economic climate since the Great Depression[/URL]. [B]Computer Sales Down[/B] As has been widely reported Mac sales have been off. People are buying fewer Apple computers and in fact Mac shipments were off significantly last quarter according to this …

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Google stock was up yesterday, down this morning and everyone has an opinion for the yo-yo effect currently frustrating Google investors. At the top of the list of issues is actually a projected issue – Google’s first quarter earnings which come out on Thursday. The sentiment is a downward one on Google earnings, with the stagnant economy finally catching up to Google and its decade of fairly unbelievable profit-taking. There have been a lot of firsts for the Internet search giant this year. Its first round of layoffs occurred in March, with 340 heads on the proverbial chopping block. Company …

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It’s Tuesday and all eyes on Wall Street are on Yahoo, where new CEO Carol Bartz is expected to lower expectations for Yahoo going forward as the tech behemoth issues its Q4 earnings results. We’re in the midst of the tech earnings season right now and there have been surprises and there have been some disasters. Guidance, meaning where Yahoo bean-counters think the company is going financially, should be held low – that gives Bartz a better chance to exceed expectations and get investors buying Yahoo stock again. One piece of good news from Yahoo already this morning. It’s news …

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There’s a lot of news coming out of the technology sector today. Let’s start with Apple and the growing chorus among shareholders for an SEC review. Bloomberg has the story this morning, and it has to be at least slightly troublesome for the Apple brain trust. Says Bloomberg; "U.S. regulators are examining Apple Inc.’s disclosures about Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs’s health problems to ensure investors weren’t misled, a person familiar with the matter said." "The Securities and Exchange Commission’s review doesn’t mean investigators have seen evidence of wrongdoing, the person said, declining to be identified because the inquiry isn’t …

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The stock market has responded favorably, relatively speaking, to the rumor that Microsoft is once again making a bid for Yahoo. Traders are buzzing over whether Steve Ballmer will make the same $33 per share offer now that he made a few months ago. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if he did - that's how bad Microsoft wants Yahoo from what I'm hearing on Wall Street. Now, with Yahoo reportedly once again walking back to the plate, the market seems to have something to hang onto. Two additional themes with a tech flavor also have the street on edge. First, …

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The good news in the stock market today is the continued drop in oil prices, with a barrel of sweet, light crude dipping below $125 for the first time since June. Already, commuters are seeing that decline priced in at the pump, with a gallon of gasoline falling below $4.00 per gallon – in some areas to $3.70 per gallon – as demand slows and prices drop. At the same time, the earnings season has been better than a lot of people expected. IBM, Apple, AT&T have led a tech charge in better-than-expected revenues in the last quarter, even though …

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The Business Software Alliance has long been on the case of U.S. companies who use, inadvertently or not, unlicensed software for their business operations. Make no mistake, the BSA has aggressively gone after and imposed heavy fines on companies who are caught in the act using pirated software. It's not hard to catch a software thief -- all it takes is one disgruntled IT employee who knows that the latest batch of Microsoft Office software was . . . ummhh . . . tainted. One dime dropped to the BSA and the manhunt is on. This week, the BSA is …

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Monday is upon us, and thoughts on Wall Street turn away from turkey and football to key companies issuing quarterly earnigns statements this week. It's a particularly crucial period for computer makers, video game companies, digital camera companies - in short - - any company with a potential gift to be stashed away under the Christmas tree this year. Yesterday I gave you some fresh numbers on Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. Today I have some more tid bits -- followed by a rosier-than-expected earnings scenario from one of the world's top computer makers. Again, the numbers point …

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