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[News] [Rival] Morgan Stanley Realises Microsoft is in for Some Rough Time

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Microsoft shares fall on weaker PC growth outlook

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| Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt expects PC unit sales to fall by 11 percent 
| for calendar year 2009, down from his previous outlook of a 2 percent 
| decline.  



Microsoft May Swap Avenue A/Razorfish

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| It seems that Microsoft has been struck with a slight case of buyer's
| remorse.  The Redmond-based corporation took control of Avenue A/Razorfish
| about one year ago as part of the aQuantive acquisition, and reports indicate
| it's now trying to trade the ad agency to WPP.


Avenue A Deal Could Give WPP, Microsoft What They Really Want

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| Almost six months after the companies started talking, WPP and Microsoft have
| reopened talks that could have the software company unloading Avenue
| A/Razorfish. But the question is whether Microsoft could ever get anyone to
| buy the digital ad agency for the price at which it needs to sell it.


EU May Fine Microsoft Over Antitrust Case, People Say

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| The fine may be announced as soon as Feb. 27, said the people, who declined
| to be identified because the decision isn't public. Microsoft said in a Jan.
| 24 U.S. regulatory filing that the penalty may be as much as 1.5 billion
| euros ($2.2 billion).  


Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of
| survival.


Mergers of Corporate Giants Not Likely to Benefit Consumers

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| “There is little if any evidence that increased corporate size in
| already-large national and international firms produces greater technological
| innovation,” writes Elizabeth Sanders, Professor of Government at Cornell
| University. “To the contrary, it probably leads to less, given lower
| competitive pressures, and the starving of research in debt-burdened
| companies.”    

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